July 21, 2011 at 8:46 a.m.
My family always makes a point to attend the Wannigan Days parade on Saturday evening. It is one of the best and longest parades you will see in a small town setting. I believe the parade lasted about an hour and a half this year with many bands and to the crowd's pleasure, not many politicians.
Wannigan Days never ceases to impress me. It seems to grow each year, even when our economy is as bleak as it is. A huge thank you to the great folks who worked so hard on the Wannigan Days Committee.
The Chisago Lakes Triathlon is upon us. Can you belive it is the end of July already? The end of July usually means unbelievably warm temps and what's better to do in the extreme heat, than swim, bike and run?
If you have active children, this triathlon might be a great avenue for your kids to burn off a little energy. On Saturday, there is a kids triathlon that takes place in Paradise park in Chisago City. Registration is from 7:30 to 9 a.m. with the race beginning at 9.
Sunday is the big race. Around 1,500 racers are expected to take part in a sprint version of the triathlon, a team version, or the full blown half iron triathlon. Swimmers will depart Paradise Park's beach, bright and early Sunday morning, swimming half way across the lake before returning. They will then transition to their bikes and proceed to ride 56 miles around the area before finishing back at Paradise Park. The competitors then will transition into their running shoes for a grueling 13.1 mile run that also returns to Paradise Park. Racers may register online at midwestsportsevents.com or show up between 5 and 6:45 a.m. at Paradise Park. The race officially begins at 7 a.m.
We need to show our support and cheer on the triathaletes. There are quite a few locals among the racers and their faces really light up when they hear their names cheered.
The Chisago Lakes Chamber will always welcome volunteers if you would like to. Please call 651-257-1177 if you would like to help.
Tomorrow night at the Almelund Threshing Grounds, Relay for Life will begin its unbelievable journey.
Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. At the Relay, teams of people camp out at the Threshing Show grounds, and take turns walking or running around a track. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events up to 24 hours in length.
The Relay starts with a Survivors Lap which is an inspirational time when survivors are invited to circle the track together and help everyone celebrate the victories achieved over cancer. The Survivors Lap is a super emotional example of how Relay participants are ensuring that more lives are saved each year - like those of each individual on the track.
After dark, they will honor people who have been touched by cancer and remember loved ones lost to the disease during the Luminaire Ceremony. Candles are lit inside bags filled with sand, each one bearing the name of a person touched by cancer, and participants often walk a lap in silence. As people take time to remember, those who have walked alongside others battling cancer can grieve and find healing.
The event begins at 6:30 p.m., but there will be food and refreshments available throughout the event. The event is totally free. If you would like to purchase a luminaire for the event you are asked to go the Chisago Lakes Chamber of Commerce website and click on Relay for Life.
Jim Green and his great staff at Edward Jones is doing something special. For the next month, they are collecting school supplies. These supplies will be disbursed to families and children of need who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford supplies this school year. You are encouraged to bring supplies to their branch office which is located in Brink's Plaza in Chisago City. For more information, please call 651-257-7407.
Next Wednesday we have a chance to help one of our own who is struggling. Jeff Ahlstrand is fighting cancer and needs our help. On July, 27 at Dairy Queen in Wyoming, ten percent of all sales will go to Jeff's benefit fund. Come on in and have a snack and feel good about it.