From: Susan Althoff
It rained on our parade!
As the meteorologist predicted, it rained all day on Saturday, May 20, while Minnesota City was celebrating its 165th anniversary and holding a Stand Still Parade.
Needless to say, events had been planned and paid for and so we forged ahead with as many as could be accomplished. Displays were set up at the Baptist Church and Minnesota City Historical Association archives. Many units were moved to the Minnesota City Fire Station.
We understand those that called to say that their units could not withstand the weather for that length of time. We thank them for their willingness to be a part of our day. The Winona VFW Post 1287 opened the day by marching down Mill Street to the fire station where two resolutions were read, one from the Minnesota State Senate and one from the Minnesota House of Representatives. The chain-saw artist carved out a noble eagle while spectators watched under the canopy. Young Samuel O’Grady demonstrated how to shell corn and produced food for the birds along with winning the hearts of the viewers. He came away with the People’s Choice Award. Jean Gardner, one of the day’s honorees, gave a performance on the pump organ at the church. There were tractors, jeeps, antique trucks, classic cars, touch-a-truck units, food vendors and music all parked along the street. Our judges got soaked while touring the units and picking the winners but they managed to accomplish their duty. The rain did not stop true-hearted Minnesota City citizens and their friends and family.
We are truly grateful to those parade units that braved the weather and stayed the course! You are true champions to us. To all the volunteers who showed up for their shift and did the tasks needed in the rain, you are true heroes to us. Thank you to the Minnesota City Council and residents along Mill Street for allowing us to close the street and put on a festival; we acknowledge your efforts on our behalf. Thank you Minnesota City Volunteer Fire and Rescue for opening your doors and moving your trucks so that others could take shelter, showing valiant community support. We express our appreciation to all those businesses and individuals who donated funds to help defray the costs of promoting and planning an event along with the grant received from Winona Foundation.