Author’s Note: Vicki Baty was accidentally left out of the story about Lucile West, (in October) as Vicki was the publisher of the Moravia Union. Lucile worked for Vicki for eight years along with Normagene Robertson, Vicki’s mom, who did the typesetting on computer for two years after retiring from the bank in Ottumwa. Lucile worked the longest for Vicki and Lucile always had very high regard for both Vick and Normagene. Vicki also had the press pass spoken of in the articles about Lucile. Normagene told me that she and Vicki loved Lucile very much and really miss her. I do regret not having all this in the article. It makes Lucile’s story so much more important and made two people close to her, unhappy.
Now to talk about Fiesta.
The first Fiesta was the Friday after Thanksgiving held in November 1983. How do I know? Because Wanda and Kenny Brown’s first grandson was born on the first Fiesta Day and they got him the first ornament. So we are celebrating 30 years of Fiesta on Nov. 23 this year, because Wanda has collected all the ornaments over the years and she will have 30 this year and her grandson will be 30.
I walked into the new Grace United Methodist Hall on Thursday last week and there were quite a few women busy making noodles for Fiesta noodles are special. They are made by some of the most talented noodle cooks in the area. There were floured elbows, so as not to touch the noodles in wiping flour, everywhere. Most were using rolling pins. Others were cutting noodles and yet others were spreading the cut noodles. The recipe is a secret. I couldn’t ask for it because my elbows were not covered with flour. The noodle-makers stay until every noodle is dried to perfection. That probably is a secret, but here I am telling you. They can’t throw me out of the noodle-makers guild because I’m not in it. They are very kind, however. The noodles are packaged up into sturdy plastic bags and they do take orders ahead as that helps in determining how many bags to make. To reserve your noodles, call Sharon Penfield at (641) 724-3555 and leave a message with your noodle order so she can call you if any problems come up.