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There was spirit in Harmony on July 4


Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

Avalon Timmerman, 5, daughter of Amy and Andrew Timmerman of Harmony was dressed to celebrate Independence Day during Harmony’s Fourth of July Celebration. Photo by Barb Jeffers

The colors of red, white, and blue poured into the town of Harmony, Minn. during this year’s long Independence Day weekend. With July 4 falling on a Friday, many people enjoyed a three day weekend to take in all of the festivities the town had to offer.

The Harmony Conservation Club got the weekend underway early sponsoring the Beer Tent and a DJ on Thursday night and continuing their support on Friday morning with the Pancake Breakfast at the Harmony Fire Hall.

Keith McIntosh, President of the Harmony Conservation Club, along with many enthusiastic volunteers provided a delicious hot breakfast of pancakes, sausage and drinks for a steady crowd streaming in all morning.

One of the younger volunteers flipping pancakes was Teigen Miller, 13, who seemed to have the procedure perfected, even serving royalty. Miss Harmony Sara Schultz, First Attendant Leah Scheevel, and Second Attendant Katie Kotek each ate breakfast to begin their busy day and said the food was very good.

A Best Shot 9 Hole Golf Tournament began at 9 a.m. on Friday morning with friends and family enjoying a day hitting the links at the Harmony Golf Course. Josh Whalen of Chatfield stated he wasn’t golfing but “came down for the fun” saying he was born and raised in Harmony as was his friend Dick Erickson of Farmington, Minn. who did participate in the tourney.

One particular group seemed to be having a lot of fun while waiting to get on the golf course. Sisters Michelle Guttormson and Diane Bigalk along with their friend Nina Kjarland talked and laughed with each other, not only looking forward to golfing but spending the day together also.

Hammell Equipment sponsored a state sanctioned Kiddie Pedal Pull for the fourth consecutive year which brought a large crowd of participants and supporters. River Valley Pedal Tractor Pulls from Osceola, Wis. qualified children in different age groups to enter in the State Pedal Tractor Pull held in the middle of September. The top three finishers in each age group received trophies and every child who pulled received a can of pop.

Briggs Gregor, 4, attended the pedal pull with his brother, Brock, and parents Adam and Patty of Waterville, Minn. The Gregors were in town visiting family members Randy and Tanny Mayer and the entire family was very happy to see Briggs win his first place trophy. Briggs received a liver transplant in April 2014 and his elated family cheered him on as he finished his pull and Briggs was just as happy for Brock when he won his first place trophy.

A big hit again this year was the Toad Races with Mark Haugerud struggling to keep them under control - the kids - and the toads! Haugerud did a fantastic job providing the children and the audience with a very entertaining contest. A few adults even “jumped” at the chance to race a toad of their own (or a borrowed one) and get in on the action themselves.

One year old Rose Otto, with a little help from her mother, Sarah, and her frog won in the 0-4 year old division and was happy to get a prize. Prizes were donated by The Village Depot and each entrant received a movie pass from the JEM Theatre.

Additional kid’s fun could be found in Selvig Park with bounce houses and mini-golf sponsored in part by Schriever Farms. Face painting and temporary tattoos also kept the children busy and happy through Independence Day. Lauren Mensink, 10, daughter of Kari and Chris Mensink of Preston was hitting the golf ball well, as was Sophie Onsager, 10, of Harmony who is the daughter of Shannon Onsager and Melissa Kiehne.

For most people a large part of Independence Day celebrations is the food. The City of Harmony did not disappoint with a wide variety of food and drinks for everyone to choose from and few if any walked away hungry.

The Harmony United Methodist Church served up smoked pork chops with sides and pork burgers were offered by the Fillmore County Pork Producers. The Harmony Lions Club cooked up brats, hot dogs and barbeques with member Allan Dahl, otherwise known as the grill master, cooking the brats and hot dogs to perfection. Stumpy’s concessions sold such large slices of pizza. Each was a meal itself.

Ice cream in several flavors provided a cool treat for many as the Fillmore County ADA wagon was very busy and for those with different tastes the Pony Espresso provided smoothies and coffee drinks.

A Grand Kiddie Parade was held with the theme this year of ‘Spirit of Harmony’ and the children showed their spirit by wearing everything red, white, and blue and decorating parade units in the same colors. Prizes included movie passes donated by JEM Theatre, mini golf passes donated by Niagara Cave, and Harmony Dollars from the Harmony Area Chamber of Commerce.

Joe and Lantha Stevens were honored as Grand Marshals of the Grand Parade and the parade lived up to its name with floats, cars, tractors, local royalty, fire trucks, the Fillmore Central Marching Band and so much more. Brooke Lenz, 7, was happily watching the parade with her grandparents, Mark and Sue Lenz of Harmony, and was adorable with her painted face and shirt which read “American Cutie” in red, white and blue.

The fun did not stop after the parade as Nativity Catholic Church brought many hoping to yell, “Bingo” and the “Little Blue Choo” offered free train rides sponsored by the First Southeast Bank of Harmony & Canton.

Music by the Jim Busta Band with “Mollie B” made time spent in Selvig Park even more festive thanks to the sponsorship of the First Southeast Bank of Harmony & Canton, Harmony Enterprises, and the Harmony Park Board and Karaoke Joe rounded out the evenings music sponsored by the Harmony Conservation Club.

The much anticipated fireworks display ended the evening with a bang and the light from the fireworks shone on smiling faces of all ages. The highlight of Independence Day, the fireworks, was brought to the viewers by the First Southeast Bank of Harmony & Canton, and the Harmony Firemen’s Relief Association. The Harmony Volunteer Fire Department provided memories to families scattered all over town with their impressive fireworks display.

The fifth annual Harmony Hustle got participants up and running on Saturday morning with a 10K run, a 5 K Run/Walk and a 1K Kids Challenge to benefit Habitat for Humanity and then the fun continued in Selvig Park once again.

The Harmony Area Community Foundation sponsored an Old Fashioned Kiddie Carnival with free games and popcorn for kids and mini golf was as popular on Saturday as it was the day before.

The Chugging Along for a Cure ACS Relay for Life team offered hot dogs, chips, ice cream cones and drinks for a quick and easy lunch in the park. Relay for Life teams were very involved in Harmony’s celebration weekend including many from the Alex’s Angels team giving temporary tattoos and selling jewelry, bracelets and t-shirts.

A weekend bringing friends and family together lingered into Sunday morning with an Ecumenical Service in the park followed by a brunch served by the Bodacious Broads ACS Relay for Life Team.

Four days of celebration in Harmony created a vast amount of great memories for those who spent the entire weekend or a few hours and everyone involved in this monumental undertaking from the Harmony Area Chamber of Commerce, local businesses, and individual residents should be proud of their accomplishment.

These people can now breathe a sigh of relief for a job well done. Although their rest will not be long as planning for an event this size needs to begin soon for next year’s celebration. These hard working volunteers will then take a deep breath and begin again to show the spirit of Harmony.

To view hundreds of photos from Harmony’s Fourth of July Celebration 2014 visit the Fillmore County Journal’s facebook page.

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