The Milton Roundup brought nearly 500 people to the Milton Park on Pioneer Day. An old fashioned potluck dinner, pony rides, games, bounce house, rock wall and music entertained the crowd from infants to the elderly.
Cousins and fellow 4-H club members Brooklyn Petersen and Tosha Turner presented the flag in the arena with excellent horsemanship. Bob Peterson’s famous voice filled the park with the National Anthem. Peterson’s son, Chris, is following in his father’s vocal footsteps. However he has turned to a country genre. His music was played throughout the evening. The Nelson Brothers Band capped off the evening, proving the Milton community has musical talent that spans generations.
Music isn’t the only talent Milton has to offer. Incredible horsemanship as displayed by Turner and Petersen was presented through the evening. The arena held horse demonstration and pony rides. Todd Thurston gave hayrides pulled by the iconic Clydesdales for which his father Dale Thurston was known. The late Dale Thurston is missed at the park celebration, but his memory isn’t forgotten as he spent years caring for the park.
Scouts led kid’s games and older girls painted faces that delighted children and pleased parents.
Milton resident Dan Oliver worked to restore an old bell that once rang in the Milton air telling the children in the Milton area it was time for school. It was restored as part of a project to build a monument that will commemorate the founders, celebrate the park and keep the Milton spirit alive. Milton residents old and new have pride in the spirit of their community. They feel their area is unique in service, abundant in kindness, and self-reliant.
“Where could I go that I could find this?” John Ure said. The Milton resident has been one of many driving forces in this annual event. In its third year, the Milton Roundup is becoming an established tradition for those who live in the area as well as for those who have moved. Other Morganites that joined in the Milton celebration were happy to be a part of the event.
Other Milton residents agree that keeping the Milton spirit alive is worth working for and they are dedicated to helping with the monument. Plans are being laid for Shana Mafi to engineer the design of the monument and Ryan Randall to work on the construction of the tribute. Those involved are also working out details for another Milton resident to lay the rock.
In order to complete the project, they are continually asking for donations. They need to raise $1,000 more to get to their goal. Any money leftover will go toward a flagpole. For those who would like to contribute to this historic cause, donations can be given to Ryan Randall, Dan Oliver or John Ure.