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Last Saturday, bright and sunny, produced what may well be a record crowd in downtown Mazama. Even on the southern outskirts of downtown, cars were parked almost to the bridge over the river. As early as 8 a.m. the parking lot behind the Community Hall was mostly full and the Mazama Store parking area was over capacity, and more than the usual number of vehicles were parked along the Mazama-Lost River Freeway in front of the store.

The store’s patio likewise was jammed with uncountable numbers of people, many Lycrafied and of all ages and most looking in shamelessly good condition. All this for the running of the Sunflower Relay, an annual event that set a record number of participants.  The count was, in the words of one former official, “somewhere north of 600 and south of 700.” Obviously far too large a number of vehicles and people for the nonexistent Mazama Police Department to handle. Race organizers did a masterful job of keeping order throughout.

Another sort of “Brush With Stardom” in Nebraska, home of the Cornhuskers ball teams, a superb University Publishing company and Warren Buffet, one of the richest men in the world who still lives in the modest home where he grew up. Buffet is the principal owner of a company called Berkshire Hathaway, which in turn owns little companies like Coca Cola, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad and Geico Insurance.

According to Rick LeDuc, his son Mark went with a friend to the annual stockholders’ meeting, and from his vantage point viewed a circle of people below the speakers’ dais.  This was composed of the rest of the richest men in the world, CEOs all, including Bill Gates and other notables.  While not a traditional “Brush With Stardom,” Mark was close enough to see the whole gang, and a nice enough guy to have his 15 seconds of fame on this page.

Claire Bunney, Pancake Breakfast chairperson emeritus, advises that her successor, Gay Northrup, has things well under control for the Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast.  Somehow this has gotten tied in with a new program or event titled “Mazama Days,” at which there will be what seems a sort of fête, as they are called in the U.K. – a fair of sorts with a goodly number of other organizations.

After many years of the Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast becoming world-famous, it saddens me for it to be swallowed up in an amalgam of other features hanging on its coat tails. But, such is what is called progress.

There will be a memorial get-together at the Community Hall for Red McComb at 1 p.m. Saturday (May 18).  It is to be quite informal and estate executor Jay Lucas notes that there will be a lot of pictures and encourages attendees to take what you like, as there are no direct descendants to claim any.

We’ll take up the yard sale at Red’s place next week. It will be from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 24 and 25, Friday and Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.

 

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