Con­sul cen­ten­nial at­tracts larger than ex­pected crowds

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From less than 100 one day, to al­most 1,000 the next, the Vil­lage of Con­sul bal­looned in size for a once in a life­time home­com­ing weekend in cel­e­bra­tion of the com­mu­nity’s cen­ten­nial.

For­mer res­i­dents came from as far away as China to cel­e­brate the vil­lage of 84-strong, sit­u­ated in the far South­west cor­ner of the prov­ince. It was a higher than ex­pected turnout for the July 4-6 event, and that loy­alty and de­vo­tion wasn’t lost on the hosts.

“To me it’s re­ally overwhelmi­ng,” Con­sul Mayor Linda Brown said of the turnout. “It’s hum­bling to think that people would travel all this dis­tance.”

Orig­i­nally the com­mu­nity ex­pected to get around 700 people for the event, but it quickly be­came ap­par­ent their num­bers were go­ing to be a lot higher. For­tu­nately, in an ex­am­ple of the com­mu­nity spirit that made this event pos­si­ble, lo­cal res­i­dents stepped up to con­trib­ute.

“When people re­al­ized the 100th was go­ing on, people just came from every­where to make Con­sul look bet­ter,” Brown said.

“We’re noted for (vol­un­teer­ing) in this com­mu­nity,” she con­tin­ued. “I think it’s be­cause we live so far away. No­body wants to come here and work… so then you have to be cre­ative and tal­ented and just do it yourself.”

While to­day is a cel­e­bra­tion of that com­mu­nity spirit and can do at­ti­tude that kept the vil­lage func­tion­ing for 100 years, get­ting this far hasn’t been easy. Like most of the prov­ince, drought was a con­stant men­ace in the ’30s caus­ing many to leave for bet­ter con­di­tions.

“Like I tell my son, we didn’t have any money,” long­time Con­sul res­i­dent Cliff Smith said. “He said, ‘ you had to have some money.’ No, I said, you didn’t.”

Smith turns 90 this year. He’s lived in Con­sul since 1929, when he fam­ily started farm­ing north of the vil­lage, and he’s not kid­ding about many in the area not hav­ing cash on hand.

“As far as cash, you didn’t work with cash in them days,” Smith re­mem­bered.

“All you wor­ried about

Photo by Ja­son Kerr

Mayor Linda Mayor and Mu­seum Board Chair­per­son Su­san Prid­more walk away af­ter un­veil­ing the new Con­sul sign at the vil­lage’s 2014 Cen­ten­nial Cel­e­bra­tions.

Booster photo by Ja­son Kerr

A se­lec­tion of vin­tage farm trac­tors were on dis­play dur­ing the July 5 Cen­ten­nial pa­rade in Con­sul.

Booster photo by Ja­son Kerr

Mem­bers of the Reno Mul­ti­ple 4-H Club were one of the many en­tries dur­ing the cen­ten­nial pa­rade in Con­sul.

Booster photo by Ja­son Kerr

A cu­ri­ous vis­i­tor checks out the finer de­tails of one of the en­tries in a quilt dis­play which was part of the Vil­lage of Con­sul's Cen­ten­nial home­com­ing weekend.

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