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June Jubilee is back

After several years' hiatus, Wadena June Jubilee is back on Thursday through Saturday, June 16-19.

In the recent past, the yearly celebration had been spread throughout the summer, and was known as Wad of Fun.

"We had requests from several people and businesses saying they would like to see it go back to just one weekend," Shirley Uselman of the Wadena Area Chamber of Commerce said. "We would bring back the name that everyone would remember."

The dates also coincide with the one-year anniversary of the June 17 tornado.

The grand parade begins 7 p.m. on Thursday.

Uselman said M State was donating a lot of in-kind work with the big event, which would include marching high school bands, drum corps, Shriners groups, floats, cars, tractors, trucks and other parade staples.

A tornado recovery theme is woven through many of the events.

On Friday, there will be a noon shot gun start and Friends of the Golf Course Tornado Recovery Scramble at the Whitetail Golf Course.

That afternoon from 1-3 p.m., the launch and signing of the tornado book, "Twisted Together By An EF4," will take place at the Wadena County Historical Society.

Wings & Wheels Over Wadena will take place Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wadena Airport.

"The thing that's very interesting out there is, they have a collage of pictures that were taken right after the tornado from the air and showing all the devastation, and now they have pictures they've taken within the last short period of time which shows how the cleanup is," Uselman said.

Sunday will see the Cemetery Rededication Ceremony at 2 p.m. which is for both of the cemeteries.

"It is nondenominational," Uselman said.

Music will be part of the June Jubilee celebrations.

Heart O'Lakes Harmony, a doo-wop group, will perform at the Memorial Auditorium from 6:30-8 p.m. on Friday. The show, featuring songs from the 50s, will benefit the Wadena Tornado Relief Fund.

Afterward, from 8 p.m. to midnight, there will be a dance and fireworks at Sunnybrook Park with Post-Traumatic Funk Syndrome.

"They are a band out of Fargo, and they are a 13-piece band," Uselman said. "Everyone from 8 to 80 should be able to find some music within there that they would enjoy."

On Saturday, The Front Fenders will perform at the Wadena Elks Lodge at 7 p.m.

A variety of new and familiar activities are on the schedule.

The medallion hunt is one of the new activities.

"The medallion hunt starts at the Town & Country Breakfast," Uselman said. Daily clues will be available at Tri-County Health Care until the medallion is found, and the winner will receive $100 in Chamber Bucks.

Another ongoing event will be citywide garage sales from Thursday to Saturday.

Sunnybrook Stomp starts at the namesake park at 8 a.m. Saturday, with registration at 7 a.m. Participants can either run or walk.

Family Fun Day will take place 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. also at Sunnybrook Park. The events include a fishing tournament, caricatures by Doug Curtis, baseball and softball, Jiu Jitsu demonstration by S.T.O.M.P. MMA, kiddies' tractor pull, games and crafts, breakfast and lunch, water balloons and Frisbee golf tournament.

From 2-6 p.m., the Kruzin 4 Kids Classic Car/Motorcycle Show will take place at the Wadena Elks Lodge.

Of course, there will be lots of food.

The aforementioned Town & Country Breakfast starts June Jubilee and takes place at the BNSF Park from 7:30-10 a.m. on Thursday.

At noon that day, Cyber Café will start serving Parade Day barbecues.

Another big breakfast will be held on Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon - the Tri-County Health Care Hospice Breakfast at the Wadena Elks Lodge.