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article number 64
article date 10-12-2011
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Camargo Illinois 175th Anniversary Celebration with Village Park Rededication as Opal Thompson Park
by Stu Moment

Camargo celebrated its 175th anniversary on October 8, 2011. That’s a lot of years. It was a beautiful 80 degree day for the celebration. Camargo residents did more than celebrate the anniversary. They also rededicated their Village Park as Opal Thompson Park.

Opal Thompson died in December 2010. She was known to many in surrounding areas as the very nice lady who owned Thompson’s General Store. In Camargo she was known for much more. She was a great person. At the Park Dedication Pastor Sandi Hire illustrated the dedication that Opal had to others. She gave examples of how she treated people and the community. Sandi then gave us Opal’s words of guidance: Love your family, love God and attend church, work hard, keep you community beautiful and take care of others.

Pastor Sandi Hire told us of the greatness of Opal Thompson.

The people were spread out due the vast spread of Opal Thompson Park but I counted about 300 people … nice for a town of 500 people.

Besides activities at the park, entertainment was scheduled throughout the day. A breakfast was held at the United Methodist Church, the Fire Department served chili, musician Larry Paden was on stage, there were gunny sack races, Bessie Bingo, a hula hoop contest and a horse shoe tournament.

The history display at the Methodist Church gave quite a learning experience. Jim Webber, Church Historian, brought additional display items from the Douglas County Museum.

The following picture gallery shows the park dedication, activities and most important to this author, a lot of great people.

Amy Harned and Mariah Shriver gave a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem. Konnie Crist mc’ed the dedication.
Terri Miller has planted flowers which will adorn the Opal Thompson Park sign. She worked for Opal and like everyone who had met here, has very fond memories of her.
Pam Sigler and Pastor Sandi Hire are smiling after the dedication.
Lots of vendors.
Amish carriage rides.
Kids fun.
Jim Webber with a Douglas County Museum exhibit and historic area schools.
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