If crowds are an indicator, West Fest 2007 was a whopping success with thousands of people lining Main Avenue and Sheyenne Street for the annual grand parade which this year boasted 156 units of all types and sizes, representing all facets of the community.
The five-mile run that started at Elmwood Park also showed remarkable participation with 80 runners involved; the Valley Vintage Car Show, held both days, realized an outstanding attendance; as did a variety of other activities held throughout the day, concluding with the popular Fireman's Ball in the evening.
Two West Fargo High graduating classes - 1967 and 1977 - also utilized the event to celebrate their respective reunion get-togethers, sharing their enthusiasm via appearances on their floats in the parade.
Chamber Executive Director Chris Barton was thrilled with West Fest's enormous attraction and appeal value, describing activities as an "overall success. We had a massive group of people and thankfully the weather played in our favor."
She also commended those who played a contributory role in any way to make the event happen, including Kerstin Kealy, WDAY TV news anchor, who served as parade moderator announcing each float, the wonderful volunteer base comprised of many individuals and representatives of organizations, City street department and police personnel, as well as the Cass County Sheriff's Reserve unit, and anyone else who lent a helping hand. "It would not have been possible without all of these dedicated people, and we definitely do appreciate the help," Barton said.
Special judges were also in place to pick float entries in the parade they deemed the best, presenting them with special West Fest trophies. Winners in various categories were Halftime by Shari, Mayor's Choice; Curb Design, Best of Show Profit; and SADD (Students Against Drunk Drivers), Best of Show Nonprofit.