Wheel Through Whalan at the Stand Still Parade

People move through the fixed parade units at the Whalan Stand Still Parade. This is a scene from a previous parade. SUBMITTED PHOTO

The third weekend in May is fast approaching and that means it’s time for the annual Whalan Stand Still Parade. This year visitors are invited to come “Wheeling Through Whalan” on Saturday, May 19.

The festivities begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. The highlight of the day is when the parade stands still from 11 a.m. until noon. Walking around the parade allows people to get up close and personal with the parade units. Take time to look at the cars, tractors, floats, and other performers and visit with the participants.

The 2018 Stand Still Parade grand marshal is Mike McKinley, who has been a faithful supporter and contributor to the success of the Stand Still Parade for the past several years. He will be at the start of the parade behind the American Legion color guard.

It’s not all about the parade as there will be great entertainment throughout the day. From 10 to 11 a.m., The RavensFire Band will be performing traditional Irish, Scottish, folk, and Americana music on the main stage. At the same time, just down the street from the main stage, enjoy the music of Wellespring—Anna Lee Roberts, a cellist, vocalist, music therapist and explorer of all stringed instruments. The Lanesboro High School band will keep everyone energized with a variety of music during the parade. From noon to 3 p.m., The Rutabaga Brothers will entertain with toe-tapping rhythm and blues music on the main stage.

Don’t forget about the great food that is available all day. Purchase tickets and enjoy Egg McWhalans, hot dogs, brats, hot turkey sandwiches, popcorn, pop, water and fruit. For those with a sweet tooth, tasty desserts and ice cream treats will be available, or for a Norwegian delicacy, give the lefse and rommegrot a try.

Many other activities are taking place throughout the day. Stop by the artisans and vendors at their booths along the trail. Visit the tent housing the basket raffle and pick a basket for a chance to win. Try the “Duck Pluck” where lucky ducks will win a cash prize. Kids of all ages will enjoy the petting zoo. For friendly competition, sign up to take part in the bed races.

Visit the website for more information: www.standstillparade.org