Days Gone By (July 18, 2013)
By Pat Hunter
10 YEARS AGO
JULY 17, 2003
“Celebrating Small Town America” was the theme of 2003’s River Falls Days. Chelsea Lauing was named Grand Ambassador with Lindsey Stratton and Emily Loney serving as first and second Ambassadors. Brother and sister Tony and Amber Pechacek found this year’s medallion, hidden in a retaining wall at Larson Park on the south end of the city; and River Falls’ own Greg Elliott was in charge of fireworks for the 19th year.
Romaine Hanson’s float for her business, “You Take the Cake” took first place in the parade, River Falls School District Kids Club float took “most humorous;” and complaints were made that folks setting chairs and blankets up three days before the parade made Second Street look like a slum area.
In other River Falls Days events, Ryan Meissen of River Falls and Jenny Wilcox of Hastings took first places at the 10K run; organizer of the car show, Mel Manthey, said the 167 entries were a record number this year with Eric Most’s 1968 Dodge Charger taking “People’s Choice;” the Kinni Valley health Foundation’s flea market at the old Clinic site on South Main Street was a huge success.
20 YEARS AGO
JULY 22, 1993
This year’s theme for 1993’s River Falls Days was “Best of the West” with Anika Nelson named Miss River Falls, and Kari Rasmussen and Whitney Pierce serving as princesses.
Dorene Koski and her sons, Adam and Dustin, found the medallion worth $500 beneath a tree near the power plant late Friday afternoon.
In other events, Paul McManus of Hudson and Jill Kohler of Lakeland took first places in the 10K; the Owens brothers of Ellsworth captured the top three spots in the 17th annual demolition derby; A record number of kids, 94, participated in the casting clinic sponsored by Four Seasons Sport & Work and Kinni Bassmasters at Heritage Park with Adam Sanford, Tom Rusterholz and Brian Frederickson taking prizes in the drawing; line dancing was taught by Diane Horner; Barney the Dinosaur made an appearance at Glen Park; and many kids young and old, tossed out a line in the trout tank sponsored by Rush River Sportsman’s Club.
30 YEARS AGO
JULY 21, 1983
Old Fashioned Bargain Days on Main Street drew thousands of shoppers. The carnival, coin hunt, parade down Main Street, hot cycle races, and “pie in the face” auction were popular events this year; and the Jean, Neal, and Kye Gilbertson family found the medallion under a picnic table at Glen Park. A $1,000 savings bond was the prize this year.