'Remembering Our Hometown Traditions'
Numerous events set for Moose Lake area
To celebrate the city of Moose Lake’s 125th anniversary, “Remembering Our Hometown Traditions” is the theme of the 2014 Old Fashioned Fourth of July celebration. With numerous events scheduled in the Moose Lake area, the first week of July promises something for everyone.
The week starts off with the Miss Moose Lake pageant on Tuesday, July 1, at 7 p.m. in the Moose Lake High School auditorium. Six local contestants are vying for the honor of being selected Miss Moose Lake for the coming year.
John Wesely, whom the Moose Lake Area Chamber of Commerce board has chosen as the grand marshal of the July 4th parade, will also be honored.
The new Miss Moose Lake and her court will begin their duties by leading the Kiddie Parade down Fourth Street and Elm Avenue on Thursday, July 3, starting at 10 a.m. Watch the little ones parade down the street in their costumes and on their bicycles and tricycles.
Thousands come to see the big parade in Moose Lake every year, this being the 95th year. The parade starts this year at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 4. The newly crowned Miss Moose Lake and her court, and the outgoing Miss Moose Lake and her court, will wave to the crowds along the parade route. Grand Marshal John Wesely is looking forward to riding in the late Clayton Hartman’s 1946 Ford convertible, the traditional grand marshal parade car.
The 148th Fighter Wing F-16s flyover is a thrill for all of those at the parade.
After the parade, the United Methodist Church on Third Street is hosting a sloppy joe lunch and ice cream social from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and families can celebrate an Old Fashioned 4th of July in the park with food, fun activities and games. The American Legion bingo at the park is a traditional favorite of adults.
This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the first class to graduate from Moose Lake High School, and to commemorate that event, an All-Class Reunion has been planned for July 3 through the 5th. Riverside Arena will be open for individual class reunions and socializing throughout the weekend.
Highlights of the reunion include: school tours, Laker/Rebels displays at the Depot museum, a concert by Whiskey River, Paulette Carlson and Uncle Lucky at 6 p.m. on July 4 at Riverside Arena, teacher meet and greet at the school, all-class choir performance on July 5 at the school and music by alumni at the arena at 6 p.m.
The congregation of Hope Lutheran Church is serving pancakes on Saturday, July 5, from 7:30-11 a.m.
Also on July 5, participants can take part in the Moose Paddle at the city park. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with the race beginning at 9 a.m.
The fun continues on Sunday, July 6, with a Grand Breakfast at Holy Angels Catholic Church from 8 a.m. to noon.
The first Finnish Methodist Church in the United States was established seven miles west of Moose Lake in 1891, and a monument to those pioneers will be dedicated at 1 p.m. on July 6.
Very special guests include the Rev. Susan Nienaber, superintendent of the Big Waters District of the Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, and Marianne Wargelin, honorary consul of Finland.
The dedication site is located at the intersection of Highway 27 and Walczak Road, near West Side Church.
Refreshments will be served at 2 p.m. at the Moose Lake Depot and Fires of 1918 Museum.
At 3 p.m. people are invited to come to the Moose Lake High School to see the play, “When We Come to Cut the Grass.” The play has been written and produced by Dan Reed, a local historian, based on stories he has heard from the elders in the community. The story centers around a grandmother and granddaughter, who come to cut the grass at the local cemetery. As they work, the granddaughter asks questions about the people buried there. The grandmother’s tales bring the people to life once again.