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Back to the 50s and 60s Day at the Whalan Stand Still Parade

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in Whalan Arts & Culture

On Saturday May, 18th at 11:00 a.m., the Whalan Stand Still Parade will once again be standing in position for its eighteenth year. This year’s theme Back to the 50s and 60s should bring back some great memories for the more mature visitor, and no doubt start some new memories for the younger set.

Those of us who grew up in that era remember drive-in movies and car hops at our favorite cruising destination along with music from the likes of the Beach Boys and Elvis. We hope to refresh those memories and encourage you to talk about the good old days while you enjoy all the festivities of the day.

At 10:55 a.m. emcee Phil Dybing will introduce Jean Halverson, Grand Marshal, and long time resident of our area. At 11:00 a.m. the Parade commences and stands still until 12:00 noon. We are anticipating a number of antique and classic cars along with farm tractors and other interesting entries for you. Walter Bradley will be providing some toe tapping music while you enjoy the parade.

Back by popular demand “The Solid Gold Band” returns to the Whalan stage to provide us with some of those classic songs from the 50s and 60s. They promise to provide us with music that makes it hard for you to resist getting up and showing off some of those dance moves from way back.

New this year is the “Duck Pluck.” No it’s not your grandmother’s preparation for a duck dinner. Make a donation of 1 dollar and ducks will be “plucked” from the duck pond, giving you a chance to win cash and other prizes.

We will also be having the ever popular pie eating contest sponsored by our own Aroma Pie Shop.

Who can forget the ever popular Hula Hoop? You will be given a chance to give the hips a workout during the Hula Hoop contest. Ben-Gay will be provided! Don’t forget the bed races, those that do the Hula Hoop may need a rest!

For the kids, there are free rides on the “Lit’ Blue Choo” , sponsored by Ace Communication and Tri-County Electric, some games for a chance to win prizes and the petting zoo. Test your knowledge of bike safety by spinning the wheel and correctly answering a question. Everyone is a winner.

A must is a visit to Stan’s Still at the Parade. Stan is always looking to make new “Friends.” Vincent the Gypsy horse will be looking to make some new friends as well. Look for the 1855 Hi-Wheeler and make sure you pay a visit to Ernie’s restored 1917 gas station. Minnesota author Candace Simar would love to have you stop by and share stories about the area’s Norwegian heritage.

Bring your appetite for some delicious food such as Egg McWhalans, brats, hot dogs, rhubarb/apple and other desserts, popcorn, coffee, pop, and water. Of course, you can’t forget to try the Norwegian delicacies of lefse and rommegrot.

For a complete schedule of events log onto www.standstillparade.org

While in Whalan you will want to check out the progress on the restoration of the historic Whalan Village Hall as well as the Whalan Museum, located on the upper level of the hall. The hall and museum have been undergoing a complete wall to wall remodel over the past 2 years and they are close to completion.

On Sunday, May 19th at 10:30 a.m. Whalan Lutheran Church invites the public for an outdoor service in the gazebo.

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