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Riverfest celebrates Windom's Boy Scout heritage

Ryan McGaughey/Daily Globe Old-fashioned and modern Boy Scout camping merged together Saturday in an outdoor exhibit at Windom's Business, Arts and Recreation Center.

WINDOM -- On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, Windom residents and visitors alike enjoyed the fullest day of the community's annual Riverfest celebration -- as well as a history lesson from the Boy Scouts.

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouting in Windom, a generous slate of activities in connection with Troop 10 took place Saturday. From an all-day opportunity to view both old-fashioned and modern campsites, to Dutch oven cooking demonstrations and more, it was an occasion to take pride in the community's scouts.

Ron Gregg, an assistant scoutmaster with Troop 10, said a committee of scout leaders and parents was coordinated months ago in order to prepare for Riverfest.

"Because it's the 100th anniversary of scouting in Windom, we kind of tried to display the whole gamut of those years in different phases," Gregg said.

That was indeed the case, as Windom's Business, Arts & Recreation Center (BARC) was home to a front-lawn display that included old and new tents alike, not to mention the Dutch oven. Also on the lawn were children's games and a sign displaying old photos dating back to 1911, when Camp Good Enough originated scouting in this Cottonwood County city.

"We'd been meeting for the last couple of months, kind of putting ideas together and getting ready," Gregg said. "And the boys really practiced lashing ... their securing twine."

Civil Air Patrol and ham radio demonstrations were also set up on the BARC lawn. Inside, there was a photo display commemorating the history of scouting in Windom, and a 1 p.m. Eagle Scout Award Ceremony honored three Troop 10 leaders and also recognized returning Windom Eagle Scouts.

Derek Davis, Brannon Peterson and Kyle Tasler each were presented with their Eagle Scout badges.

"One (Brannon) was a history project where he did a lot of research on the history of scouting in Windom," Gregg detailed. "Kyle, he built a message board for a church here in Windom. Derek did a horticulture project at school -- actually, he planted grapes and started a vineyard. Future students will be able to take care of it and harvest it."

Windom Eagle Scouts from 1937 to the present were also featured in Saturday afternoon's Grand Parade. Dr. C.O. Castledine of Windom, a 1937 Eagle Scout, was the grand marshal.

Plenty of other events and activities took place around Windom Saturday, including a fun run, cribbage tournament, craft and collectibles show, tennis, soccer and softball tournaments, turtle races, fire department water games and more. Riverfest also continued on Sunday with a model airplane fun fly, a classic vehicle and antique tractor show, a sand volleyball tournament and a kids' pedal pull among the highlights.

Ryan McGaughey

I first joined the Daily Globe in April 2001 as sports editor. I later became the news editor in November 2002, and the managing editor in August 2006. I'm originally from New York State, and am married with two children.

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