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June Jubilee returns

June Jubilee made its grand return to Wadena last year, and will again be celebrated June 14-16.

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shirley Uselman said more of this year's activities will take place downtown and in the business district, rather than Sunnybrook Park, as was the case last year.

Sunnybrook Park will still be the site of Family Fun Day and Sunnybrook Stomp, however.

The biggest event, the Grand Parade, will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The Wadena police department indicated the parade route would begin with an assembly point at Franklin Avenue Southwest, near MState, travel east to Jefferson Street, turn north to Aldrich Avenue Southwest, and turn west to the WDC High School parking lots. The parade is to conclude at approximately 8:30 p.m.

This year's fireworks will be launched from the Wadena County fairgrounds at 10 p.m. Friday.

"People should be able to see it all over town," Uselman said.

Events new this year include the Jaycees Bean Bag Toss Tournament at Burlington Northern Park at 6 p.m. Friday and the Men's Slow Pitch Softball Tournament at the Wadena softball fields, starting at 9 a.m. Saturday.

To sign up for the softball tournament, call 218-631-7000.

"Arvig is sponsoring a couple of blow-up bouncy games that we haven't had down here for quite a while," Uselman said.

The games will be at Burlington Northern Park from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Other games and tournaments include the 2012 Wolverine Golf Course Scramble at Whitetail Run, with a shotgun start Friday noon, and the Sunnybrook Stomp Walk/Run event at Sunnybrook Park, with registration at 7 a.m. and start time at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Also at Sunnybrook is Family Fun Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Activities include the youth pancake breakfast, youth fishing tournament, caricatures by Doug Curtis, games and crafts, food, baseball and softball, a kiddie tractor pull and a disc golf tournament.

Music will be featured Friday and Saturday night.

A dance with the country band Silverado will be held 8-11:30 p.m. Friday at Burlington Northern Park, with a break during fireworks.

The Staples-based alternative rock band Aitas will also perform at Elks Lodge 8 p.m. Saturday.

The medallion hunt is on again this year, starting at June Jubilee's very first event, the Town and Country Breakfast at Burlington Northern Park, which runs 7:30-10 a.m. Thursday. The first clue will be given there, with more clues daily at Tri-County Health Care, until the medallion is found.

Other opportunities for people to get together and eat are Parade Day barbecues at Cyber Café, starting 11 a.m. Thursday, and the VFW Steak Fry 5-8 p.m. Friday.

"The citywide garage sales go on all Thursday, Friday and Saturday," Uselman added.

Additionally, Cindy Becker of the Chamber of Commerce said M State is a great help in the parade, and she pitches in with the event herself.

"I think the business support is great," Becker said.

Uselman said they are hoping for many people and strong community support this year.