Alta Vista celebrates 125th anniversary

By The Mercury

The Alta Vista community will celebrate its 125th anniversary with a series of events during Old Settlers Day this weekend.

The community of 444 residents was founded In October of 1886, when it was known as Pike. The name was changed to Cable City, but by March 1887 it was known as Alta Vista, which means “high view,” in Spanish.

The celebration will begin with a 5K run-walk at 7 a.m., with the antiques and crafts market opening in the park shortly after. A pedal pull for youth 12 and under starts at 9:30.

There will be a parade at 11 a.m. featuring the “Little Town on the Prairie” theme. The parade will feature tractors displayed year-around at Ag Heritage Park at the south edge of town.

Other events will include a barn quilt show, musical entertainment and an old-fashioned corn picking. Lunch is planned at the City Park, where homemade ice cream is to be served.

Additional Old Settlers Day doings throughout the morning and afternoon include chain saw carving, model train display, horseshoes, volleyball, and frog, turtle, bicycle and stick horse races for the kids.

The annual reunion of former Alta Vista High School students is set for the evening with a dance and fireworks to follow.

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