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Whalan Stand Still Parade will stand in place for 19th year

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
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The Rutabaga Brothers: Pictured from L to R Damon Prestemon, Keith Zeller, Gary Marcoux, Dave Harrenstein, Craig Johnson and Lee Loerch. Photo submitted

The Whalan Stand Still Parade will be standing in position for its 19th year on Saturday, May 17 at 11 a.m. in Whalan, Minn. With this year’s theme being “Back to Our Roots”, for the natives of the Whalan area that should mean “Everything Norwegian”. Whalan’s Norwegian heritage can be traced back to the late 1800’s when many descendants, of today’s residents, settled in the area because it reminded them of their home country.

The activities begin at 10 a.m. with many artists, crafters and demonstrators lining the bike trail. Pre-parade entertainment will be provided by Walter Bradley and Tom Arnold. Fitting with this year’s theme, Norwegian Historian Roger Hellesvig will be sharing some interesting Norwegian tails. At 11 a.m. the parade will take its 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. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Winona Area Barbershop Quartet during the parade.

The Infamous Rutabaga Brothers will be providing the crowd with some unique musical entertainment on the main stage with 12 – 1:30 p.m. The Rutabaga Brothers 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 donation will give you a chance to have your duck “Plucked” from the pond and win cash or a prize. The children will have an opportunity to participate in some games at 12:30 p.m. The adults will want to test their skill at the Norwegian yard game “Kubb” as well. The pie eating contest at 1:30 p.m. 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 newly remodeled Whalan Museum on the second floor of the town hall will provide you with some interesting historical facts about Whalan.

Bring your appetite for some delicious food such as our famous “Egg Mc Whalans”, brats, hot dogs, desserts, popcorn, coffee, pop and water. Don’t forget to stop and try our famous Lefse and Rommegrot. You will want to take some Lefse home with you also.

On Sunday, May 18 at 10:30 a.m. the Whalan Lutheran Church invites the public for an outdoor service in the gazebo in downtown Whalan.

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