August 11, 2008

Jour de Fete enjoys splendid weather

From a news release

STE. GENEVIEVE -- The 2008 Ste. Genevieve Jour de Fete will go down in history as one of the most successful, at least as far as the weather.

The German Band, from the Ste. Genevieve Municipal Band performs during the opening ceremonies Saturday morning. The French Marines from Fort de Chartres also participate in the opening ceremonies with a rifle volley and raising of the flag. (Photos by Allen Lutman)

Temperatures were in the mid 80s both Saturday and Sunday and there was no rain at all during the events.

Les Petit Chanteurs, also known as Die Kinder Singers, perform during the Jour de Fete opening ceremonies.

Organizers say Project Pioneers had a very successful celebration this year with numerous members of the Schweiss and Courtois families present.

Prizes were awarded Sunday afternoon to several family members as follows: Oldest Man and Woman: Courtois Family: Charles, 89, and Shirley Courtois, 84, of Perry County; Schweiss Family: Tom Schweiss, 95, Weingarten, and Florence Grein, 90, Ste. Genevieve; Farthest Distance Traveled: Charlene Anne (Courtois) Cox, 120 miles; Susan Schweiss, Virginia, 1,000 miles. Framed crests were given to the oldest man and woman, and those traveling the farthest received a T-shirt.

Books were awarded to the speakers at Opening Ceremonies. Receiving the awards were Aaron Schweiss of O'Fallon; Patricia Gormley, descendant of Felicity Courtois, of Webster Groves; and Bonita Blechle, descendant of Jean Courtois, of Festus.

Names were drawn for next year's celebration. The honored families for 2009 will be the French Pratte family and the German Siebert and Stackle families.

Project Pioneers Chairman Barbara Basler said the two German families were grouped together because both families are small.

Members of these families are urged to begin gathering their family information.