A day to remember in Prescott
It was of all things, an innoncent conversation that led to thousands of people filling Ptacek's IGA parking lot Monday.
Manager Pat Ptacek was at a meeting in Chicago when he was talking about his hometown of Prescott and how much the community has helped his family over the years.
One of the people in the conversation, Ptacek didn't know it at the time, was Rick Nechio, director of retail development for Budweiser.
"I was inspired by his generosity and sincereity," Nechio said. "Especially, when he said I want give back to the community."
And when Ptacek explained about last year's brat the grocery store made (52 feet-2 inches), along with his dream for a new park in Prescott, Nechio started thinking.
"I knew the Clydesdale's hitch was 60 feet," Nechio continued. Eventually, Nechio told Ptacek's he could get the Clydesdales to Prescott to raise funds for the park. One thing led to another, and a 150-foot-bratwurst was added to the plans as well. Soon, it turned into a celebration planned for Labor Day, marked by food, drink and kids' games, but without question, the highllight of the day for many were the Budweiser Clydesdales.
For more please read the Sept. 4 print version of the Herald.