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June Jubilee to be extra jubilant this year

This year’s annual June Jubilee is planned to have a unique draw as two nationally known country music acts, group Little Texas and solo artist Jeremiah James Korfe, will be performing during the festival’s second day. 

“Having a big-name band is... new and exciting because we haven’t done that for years and years,” Wadena Chamber of Commerce Executive Shirley Uselman said. “We’ve had bands in, but nothing that’s nationally known.”

Events kick off on Thursday, June 13 with the Town & Country Breakfast at Burlington Northern Park in downtown Wadena. For a dollar, participants get sausage, pancakes, rolls, juice and milk, as well as the opportunity to chat with neighbors.

“Everybody can come down and enjoy breakfast...visit and have a good time,” Uselman said.

At 7 p.m. is the Grand Parade, which Uselman said usually involves more than 100 different units. The parade is Uselman’s favorite part of June Jubilee, although she likes every one of the festival’s events.

“I always enjoy the parade, probably because I put it together,” she said with a laugh. “It’s always good to stand back and see it be a success.”

Also on June 13, a medallion hunt sponsored by Tri-County Health Care (TCHC) will run until the medallion is found. The first clues will be available at the Town & Country Breakfast, as well as the TCHC front desk.    

Uselman added that Jim Klobuchar, former writer for the Star Tribune and father of U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, will coincidentally be taking his Jaunt With Jim bike tour through Wadena on June 13, although the stop isn’t part of the planned chamber events.

On Friday, June 14, the schedule begins with the annual Wolverine Scramble at Whitetail Run Golf Course, which has a shotgun start at 12 p.m. There is a steak fry at the VFW from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Starting at 7 p.m. there will be a dance at the Wadena County Fairgrounds, with performances by Jeremiah James Korfe at 7 and Little Texas at 9. Finally, there will be a fireworks display at the fairgrounds at 10:30.

Saturday, June 15 is Family Day at Sunnybrook Park, which includes a pancake breakfast at 9 a.m., the Youth Fishing Tournament from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., baseball and softball batting from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m; as well as crafts and games like hula hoops, jump roping and a bean bag challenge during the same time slot. There will be root beer floats served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and a Kiddies Tractor Pull at 2:30 p.m. Other features on Saturday include two inflatable bouncy structures and caricatures by Doug Curtis.   

Additionally on Saturday, Wadena-Deer Creek Public Schools are organizing their annual Sunnybrook Stomp 5K Walk/Run. See the PJ’s Sports Briefs for more information.