July 4th - Well, I survived Day Two of the Pete's Hamburgers 100th Anniversary Event. The day was rainy and cold while I was there, but the crowds were even larger than yesterday! I forgot my camera (UGH!), so I will have to wait until at least tomorrow to post any pictures for you. There were festivities and special events all day, including live music and more radio broadcasts. Starting at 10:00AM, I drew caricatures for four hours, having only one short break from 1:15 to 1:20. Just as I was wrapping up for the day, Congressman Ron Kind, straight from Washington, D.C., stopped by to present Pete's Hamburgers with a U.S. flag that had been flown over the the Capitol Building. And this was on the Fourth of July!
(photo courtesy of Rep. Kind's web-site
On top of that, he also read aloud a copy of his remarks entered into the Congressional record on June 26th (presented below as is now found on-line) -
HONORING THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF PETE'S HAMBURGERS -- HON. RON KIND (Extensions of Remarks - June 26, 2009)
[Page: E1618] GPO's PDF
HON. RON KIND
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Friday, June 26, 2009
•Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor Pete's Hamburgers of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin and to recognize their 100th anniversary.
•It is reassuring to see that despite these tough economic times many American small businesses are still thriving. It was 100 years ago when Pete Gokey opened Pete's Hamburgers as a small, humble stand selling pan-fried hamburgers. Pete Gokey's life embodies the hard work, dedication, and commitment that have made our country great.
•Although we recognize it today for achieving the feat of keeping its doors open for 100 years, the story of Pete's Hamburgers is one founded upon an individual's commitment to public service and hard work. Before opening his stand to sell hamburgers, Pete Gokey was a member of the volunteer fire department in Prairie du Chien. As fate would have it, Pete was selected to be the chef for one of the fire department's community events, at which he was expected to serve fried hamburgers with onions. The hamburgers were a huge success and became the catalyst for Pete Gokey's successful stand.
•Gokey was able to turn his stand into a fixture of the Prairie du Chien community. Whether serving hamburgers or volunteering as a fire fighter, Pete Gokey was a man who lived a life based on hard work and service to his community.
•Pete's Hamburgers and its quality product have stood the test of time and I proudly stand before this chamber to recognize the success of Pete and his family who have dedicated their lives to something they love: hamburgers.
•I applaud the efforts of Pete Gokey and his family members who now run the business and I am proud to see their hard work rewarded by 100 years of business and 100 years of service to the Prairie du Chien community. May their success continue for many more years to come.
Pretty cool, huh? Now that's impressive. Well, I hope you all had a great day. I'm going to leave you for now with a special Independence Day Comic Book Father Character of The Day - George Washington!