Crazy Days 1963

August 8, 1963

McNamara’s Band was judged the best-costumed group during the Crazy Day promotion in Hastings last Friday. The women, from the Mode O’ Day store were Mrs. Clayt McNamara, Mrs. Francis McCoy, Mrs. Don McHale, and Miss Alice Neilson. The price for the best individual costume went to Lee Anderson of Hastings Paint and Wallpaper, dressed as one of the “Men from Moore’s”. Other prize winners were: best boy’s costume Gary Hughes whose own mother didn’t recognize him in a dress and wig; and best girl’s costume shared by sisters Rebecca and Suzette Rotty. The girls came to town as a sailor and a sea bag. Each individual or group receives from the Greater Hastings Association a $5 merchandise certificate good at any GHA-member store.

Mr. and Mrs. John Hurly struck a happy pose in apparent oblivious of the fact that something was definitely missing. Mrs. Hurley is believed to have been the only woman in Hastings who smoked a cigar, publicly at least on Friday.

Flinestones characters were impersonated on Cracy Day by Mr. and Mrs. Don Rehkamp and son David. The costumes were fashioned by Mrs. Rehkamp herself, who confessed that most of her time was spent lining the gunny-sack garments so they could endure them for an entire day.

A variety of costumes greeted shoppers at many places on the Crazy Day. Above, from left, Chuch Busch, Dick Bye and Bob Niederkorn.