Saturday, Sept. 12 will be a cause for celebration in Farmington.
For the first time since 1993, a reunion is scheduled for all those who played on the town of Farmington softball team from 1953-1993.
That first year marked two church teams from Zion Lutheran and Assumption Catholic that played.
The following year, Farmington then joined an eight-team league made up of Osceola Air Base, Osceola, Somerset, Dresser, Wanderoos, Star Prairie and Roberts.
Over the years, the league grew from 16 teams up to 36 and included cities such as Scandia, Taylors Falls, Houlton, Stillwater and St. Croix Falls.
John Bonneprise, manager of the team for many years, explained once the Air Base closed in the mid 1970’s, a ballpark was built on the site, which became beneficial in more ways than one.
“There was something going on every night, whether it was 4-H, church or community,” he said. “It was a huge asset to the community. It made it pretty special.”
Bonneprise also talked about how softball became a family event in Farmington over the years. Dennis Potting, on whose farm the reunion is going to be held, was one of eight Pottings who played. Bonneprise also mentioned Clyde Fox and his six sons, Ken Ellingson and his sons, along with Tom, Al and Mike Salewski.
“It was unique to have families like that,” he said.
The reunion will be from 1-5 p.m. at the Potting farm, located at 241 240th St. The reunion will also be an 85th birthday celebration for Bonneprise as well.
“Food and refreshments will be provided,” Bonneprise said. “Just bring stories and pictures.”
Bonneprise supplied a roster of those who played over the years.
Leonard Potting, Jr.
Kenny Jo Potting