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Whalan Stand Still Parade


Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in Whalan Features

Pictured are the Rutabaga Brothers. From L to R are, Damon Prestemon, Keith Zeller, Gary Marcoux, Dave Harrenstein, Craig Johnson and Lee Loerch. Photo submitted

By Wesley Harding

The Whalan Stand Still Parade will be standing in position for its 20th year on Saturday, May 16, at 11 a.m. in Whalan, Minn. Whalan will be honoring Irish immigrant David John Whaalahan (yes, that is the correct spelling!), who founded the Village of Whalan in 1856. Every thing “Irish” will be the theme of the day. Mr. Whaalahan’s great-great-granddaughter, Katharine M. Bell of Redmond will serve as the Grand Marshall of the parade.

The activities begin at 10 a.m. with many artists, crafters, and demonstraters lining the bike trail. Pre-parade entertainment will be provided by Walter Bradley and Steve Arnold.

The parade will take it’s place along Main Street. There will be an array of entries, including antique and classic cars, tractors, floats, and other interesting entries for the spectators, the moving part of the parade, to enjoy. The Wild Goose Chase Cloggers will be performing throughout the day’s events. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Lanesboro Pep Band and the Coulee Chordsmen during the parade.

The infamous Rutabaga Brothers will be providing the crowd with some unique musical entertainment on the main stage from 12 - 1 :30 p.m. They will provide a mix of rock, rhythm, blues and an occasional country song for your enjoyment. From 2 - 3 p.m., the CBB Jazz Combo will provide you with some “classic big band music”, which includes blues and bebop. Both groups promise to keep the visitors “moving” to the music. Bring your dancing shoes!

Back by popular demand again this year is the “Duck Pluck”. A $1.00 donation will give you a chance to have your duck “plucked” from the pond and win cash or other prizes.

The adults and kids will want to test their skill at the Norwegian yard game “Kubb”. The pie eating contest at 1:30 always provides the crowd with some excitement. Lil’ Blue Choo will be providing free train rides ,thanks to the sponsorship of Tri-County Electric Cooperative and AcenTek.

A must is a visit to Stan’s Still at the parade, Stan is always looking to make new “friends”. Look for the 1885 Hi-Wheeler and make sure you pay a visit to Ernie’s 1917 restored gas station. A visit to the Whalan Museum on the second floor of the town hall will provide you with some interesting historical facts about Whalan.

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Visitors move quickly to attend Stand Still Parade

Fri, May 23rd, 2014
Posted in Whalan Features

A horse with a mustache, a barbershop quartet, warm lefse, and classic cars were only a few of the attractions at this year’s Stand Still Parade in Whalan, Minn. on Saturday, May 17, 2014. The 19th annual Stand Still parade is one of the most uniq ..... 
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Correction

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Features

In the May 5, edition of the Fillmore County Journal there was an error in the Whalan Stand Still Parade will stand in place for 19th year press release. It was printed that pre-parade entertainment will be provided by Walter Bradley and Tom Arnold. ..... 
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Whalan holds cookie walk and chili feed

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Features

Tasty comfort foods could be found at the Whalan City Hall in Whalan, Minn., on Saturday, December 14, 2013 as the Whalan Taste of the Trail Committee held a Cookie Walk and Chili Feed. The event was held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. giving people plenty ..... 
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High honors for local resort owners

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in Whalan Features

Larry and Sheryl Johnson, owners of Cedar Valley Resort in Whalan, Minn., have been chosen as the Minnesota Resort and Campground Association’s 2013 Operators of the Year. The couple attended the three day MRCA conference which took place October ..... 
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Whalan celebrates 30th anniversary of National Night Out

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Features

Officially dubbed “America’s night out against crime,” National Night Out was organized by the National Association of Town Watch. “Dedicated to the development and promotion of various crime prevention programs, the introduction of National ..... 
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Whalan Stand Still Parade moves local residents

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Features

By Barb Jeffers The residents of the small town of Whalan, Minn. opened their community and their hearts on Saturday, May 18, 2013 to make visitors feel as if they were “home” for the day. Many in attendance do call Whalan home, and many volun ..... 
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New town hall for Whalan

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Features

Whalan, Minnesota has just 63 people within its borders. Sixty-three people with a lot of heart and a desire to protect and revitalize a part of the town’s heritage. The town hall, a modest, two-story building, was constructed in the late 1800s ..... 
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