Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999

The Fredonia Farm Festival has been a tradition in Barker Common, the twin downtown parks which serve as the village’s centerpiece, for 31 years. According to Fredonia Mayor Frank Pagano, “The Farm Festival is an important part of our heritage. This event attracts thousands of visitors to our business district each year.” The festival continues to grow each year, thanks to a dedicated group of volunteers who organize and run the varied events.

Thirty years ago — 1989

Rhiannon Klemens, 3-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Klemens of Jamestown and granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Klemens of South Dayton, won the queen title in 1989 Tiny Miss Independence Day Pageant held in Niagara Falls July 23. The title earns Rhiannon a paid trip to the national finals to be held in Buffalo. Rhiannon also won the Photogenic Queen title in the “Cute Kids” contest held at the Rainbow Center.

Forty years ago — 1979

Dave Belmondo, the World’s Most Durable Disc Jockey, will be the master of ceremonies for the Fredonia-Pomfret Family Day at Russell Joy Park on Sept. 9. The 24-year-old Brocton native was entered in the Guinness Book of World Records after 2,016 hours of continuous disc spinning at the Medieval Castle in Brocton last year. Dave started his marathon last Sept. 15 and emerged from the soundbooth at The Castle on Dec. 7.

Fifty years ago — 1969

Dunkirk Lingerie announced today that it will not attempt to reopen its plant in Dunkirk. The plant has been closed since Aug. 31, when about 118 production employees failed to report for work. At 6 a.m. today, four trucks attempted to enter the premises of the lingerie plant and several disturbances followed between the picketers and the truckers. After these incidents, plant employees received a letter announcing that all operations in Dunkirk would be terminated.

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