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Spring Fever Days' Grand Marshals selected


Photo courtesy Karen Langness

Doug and Nancy Hoffman are the 2019 Grand Marshals for Spring Fever Days.

Barnum Area Community Club is honored to announce Spring Fever Days' Grand Marshals, Doug & Nancy Hoffman.

Doug & Nancy are the proud parents of 3 daughters: Diana, Erica, and Andrea. They also have seven grandchildren, five of which are currently enrolled at Barnum Elementary.

Doug is a 1974 graduate of Barnum High School. He recently retired from ISD #91 as head custodian after 44 years of service. Doug also has represented community as a volunteer firefighter for 32 years for Barnum Fire & Rescue, and numerous years as a First Responder.

Nancy is a 1977 graduate of Barnum High School. Nancy is employed at Mercy Hospital in Moose Lake. She started as a Medical Unit Secretary and returned to college later in career, with her eldest daughter, and is currently an RN on staff.

Doug and Nancy have been married for 40 years. "I married the boy next door," Nancy remarked with a smile. They both enjoy traveling (cruises), walking, biking, and caring for the new furry family member, "Buddy" the dog. Doug is an avid hunter and Nancy enjoys her flowers.

Activities that Doug and Nancy have shared with Barnum Area Community Club over the years include Trout O' Rama activities, parade route (Doug) and pageant/choreography (Nancy) for many decades. Nancy reflected that one of her favorite pageant dance themes was "Cats" done twice in the 80s including during the centennial celebration of the town.

The crafy Hoffmans also helped create floats for the parade. Notable was the 1986 "horse carousel."

"Those wooden horses are still missing," Nancy laughed. "No one knows where they went." She added, "Ken Peters, who helped make them, would love that mystery solved. Please readers, HELP."

In 1983, her family spent days with chicken wire and crepe paper creating a "turtle" around her parents' car for the Spring Fever Days parade. Nancy dressed as a clown and passed out helium balloons. Her oldest was dressed up in yellow tights as a little chicken. The Hoffman's have a collection shirts that year and plan to have their set of twin granddaughters wear them this year at festivities.

Nancy reflected on how the street dances used to be held behind the old post office in town. "It was all blocked off, not where it is today." The big brick house that housed most of Nancy's "Charboneau clan" was next door to the dances. Family would tote picnic tables to the area and chairs to create a community gathering filled with friends and neighbors. Doug and Nancy want to stress how much fun it is to share and create memories with their grandkids now.

Royalty runs in the blood. Nancy was part of the Trout O'Rama court of 1976. Diana was first runner up for the 1997 Ms. Barnum court. Erica was Ms. Barnum 2000. "You never know. With six grand girls we may have more."

When asked how it feels to be this year's Grand Marshals, they said, "We are honored. We love Barnum! Are we old enough?"


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