Pettit, Sedledzky are parade marshals
Published: Thursday, July 26th, 2012
Long-time Custer residents and Gold Discovery Day enthusiasts Fran Pettit and Ed Sedledzky have been named this year’s Gold Discovery Days parade marshals.
The Pettit family moved to Custer in January 1957 and immediately became immersed in Gold Discovery Days. Her oldest daughter, Janet, was a rosebud in the Pageant of Paha Sapa. From that moment on, all of their family eventually took part in the pageant. Her three daughters, Janet, Pam and Nancy, all took a turn as flowers, sunbeams and other pageant roles.
“They were so pleased when they were chosen to be the leader of their group, or even ‘the storm,’”âï¿½ï¿½Pettit said. “Nancy had the honor of being Miss Gold Discovery Days.”
Pettit started as a petal in the sunflower in the pageant and also played the sun, a tree and many years in the living flag. The most memorable role was the year her daughter Nancy and she were part of playing the Metz family. She said at that time, they actually set the covered wagon on fire. Her husband, Louisâï¿½ï¿½“Punk”âï¿½ï¿½Pettit, enjoyed playing the part of a gold miner.
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