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Ashley Celebrates 125th


Ashley is throwing a big party this weekend.
It's the town's 125th anniversary.
The community that has a population of 750 people is expecting to have 30-thousand guests at the celebration.
Reporter Sarah Gustin takes you near the South Dakota border for the story.

Ashley is celebrating it's quasquicentennial. 
A big word for a small town.
And the party is even bigger.
(Bob Delzer / Planning Committee) "I said I have not done rodeos before, just never one to this scale. It's a lot of sweat, little sleep, a lot of sweat."
A crew of 18 committee members has worked for the past 4 years and is still working through the event to make this 4 day event a reality.
(Bob Delzer / Planning Committee)"The stages, the benches, the picnic tables. Pretty much you ask anybody to help and they will help."
Both new and old faces are all back for the 125th celebration.
(Norley Meidinger / Grew up in Ashley) "I was born and raised in this area. Graduated in 1965 from Ashley High School. My family is still here and my mom is still doing well and wanted to visit some friends."
(Diane Huck / Vendor) "The crowd is getting bigger as the day is going on, they said about 5,000 so we will see."
We visited with the beard judging champion who hasn't shaved since January. 
(Vaughn Salzer / Beard Judging Champion) "Did you always have a beard? In the winter time I wear one, but not nearly this long."
Vaughn beat out 45 other contestants to claim the grand prize.
(Vaughn Salzer / Beard Judging Champion) "There were way better beards out there than what I got."
As you can see, they've planned for Four days of fun.

The celebration continues through Sunday in Ashley.
A parade will kick off tomorrows events followed by a concert with Hairball.


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