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Storm interrupts 'Grand Parade'

Children on a float thanking sponsors of Wadena summer rec get soaked during a downpour Thursday night at the "Grand Parade." The parade was later canceled as the weather became threatening.
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Wadena PJ
Storm interrupts 'Grand Parade'
Wadena Minnesota 314 S. Jefferson 56482

Wadena's "Grand Parade" was canceled shortly after 7:30 p.m. Thursday night when threatening weather moved into the area. Law enforcement advised parade watchers, many of whom were already soaked from a brief downpour, to leave the parade area and head home.

While the parade was shortened, visitors were able to see a number of floats and the Bertha-Hewitt marching band pass by.

Additional "Summer of Fun" events this weekend include Family Day and the Sunnybrook Stomp 5k race-walk on Saturday. The festivities will begin with a Youth Pancake Breakfast at 7 a.m. followed by a fishing tournament from 8-11 a.m. A kiddie tractor pull for kids up to age nine is set for 1:30 p.m. A Minnesota Tae Kwon Do demonstration will take place at 2 p.m. and a Frisbee Golf Tournament begins at 2:30 p.m. From 11 a.m.-2 p.m. there will be painting, suncatchers, piggy banks, bead work, water balloons, games and crafts at the park. A Museum Hop will be held at the Wadena County Historical Society.

The Sunnybrook Stomp is a five kilometer running and walking event. The event begins at 8 a.m. with a check-in starting at 7 a.m. at Birch Shelter in the park.

Sunday's events include a hospice breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Wadena Elks Lodge and the Miss Wadena Scholarship Pageant is set for 7 p.m. that night at Memorial Auditorium.

The "Summer of Fun" attracts people to Wadena from a 20-mile radius. It wraps up Sept. 12 with the Firefighters Rodeo at the Wadena County Fairgrounds.