Marilyn Hagerty: This year's parade will be special
The weekend arrives with eight bands warming up for the Potato Bowl parade Saturday. The Grand Forks City Band, along with seven marching bands, will be there.
That's according to Ryan Scott, parade chairman, who says he and Ryan Cunningham of Radio KNOX will be broadcasting. They'll be at a parade starting point near Behl's Photography.
Earlier in the week, Scott counted 130 entries. With the Potato Bowl-UND Homecoming connection, the parade probably will run two and a half to three hours. It's scheduled to start at 10 a.m. The parade director says there will be bleachers set up on the corner of DeMers Avenue and N. Fifth Street for spectators.
The parade will continue on DeMers over past Cabela's in East Grand Forks. And it disbands in the parking lot behind the fire station.
The judges station is in front of Cabela's. They will be looking for UND spirit as well as Potato Bowl themes.
Parade directors are expecting lots of politicians including, Grand Forks County sheriff candidates. And they are hoping people will keep the children back off the streets. It's a safety measure.
Life goes on
Cancellation of the French Fry Feed and fireworks was a disappointment. Mother Nature should have known better than to schedule rain Thursday.
But then ... life goes on in the Forks. There will be a fan luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Alerus. Speakers will explain why the Hawks should beat, smash and fry those other potato people from Idaho in the football game Saturday. Bubba Schweigert will jump when his brother, emcee Lowell Schweigert, says "jump.'' And he will sit when Lowell says, "Sit."
Q. Is it true there is a romance going on between Philip the Fly and Winnie the Wasp?
A. Maybe. I was listening to them when they were buzzing around the back porch.
Q. what are some of the best plates spotted around the Forks recently?
A. CAPTV8, SEDATE and I'LL FLY on a purple Porsche. Also FIRE GIRL and HAYSTACK.
Q. What's going on tonight at the VFW in East Grand Forks?
A. It's part of the 50th reunion for the former St. James High School here. They were at Eagles Crest Grill Thursday night. The classmates were getting free Dilly Bars at North Side Dairy Queen. David Mozinski, who has been owner there, is one of the classmates.
Jean and Mike
Cheerful people of the week: Jean Moe Hartl and Mike Rudow.