Cloverdale Rodeo time was the time that Guildford held their “Western Days” promotions. The day of the parade, Guildford started out with a Pancake Breakfast.
The Mall Manager asked us if we could get some of our native friends to join in the fun. Along with the dance troupe that came, we had Linda and Evie with us, and they stole the show. The Rodeo Queen and her princesses were not very happy about that. They walked with Mickey, while I rode in the parade.
The radio station, CJJC from Langley had a roving mike going around, and we were interviewed frequently. The first time, I was scared, but it was free advertising, so I did it! Mickey froze the first time, but soon got over that and was quite at ease during the interviews.
At Halloween, Guildford had a parade that was led in and out of stores all over the mall. Anyone in costume could join in, and the kids came in costume, and loved it. The photographer was there to get pictures of the event. Every time he took a picture of us, he would give us a copy.
This one year Mickey decided to join in, but didn’t tell anyone. He had a mask, but he also put on dirty old clothes. He wore an overcoat that he stuffed with rags to form a hump on his back. He looked like you just didn’t want to be near him! He fell in at the end of the parade and went everywhere with them. Some people were horrified when they saw him, and they should have been!
The next day he went to the photographer and asked for a copy of the photo. Even the photographer had no idea that the dirty old man was Mickey! No, I don’t have a picture of him!
Writing about costumes… my mind turned to our cowboy boots. We had our paintings set up near the shoe store. Mickey asked the manager if he would like to trade a pair of western boots for a painting, his choice. The manager thought that was a great idea and started looking over the paintings to see which one he wanted. When he finally decided, he chose one of mine!
I said, “That’s not fair, you’re taking my painting and he gets the boots!” So he traded a pair of boots for me, and took one of Mickey’s paintings!