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7/11/2022 1:50:00 PM
Rain ends, sun greets Grand Parade
Nancy Pedersen, the grand marshal of Stewartville’s 2022 Summerfest Parade, smiles and waves as she rides along the parade route. Pedersen taught early childhood classes in Stewartville 36 years before her retirement in 2021.
Nancy Pedersen, the grand marshal of Stewartville’s 2022 Summerfest Parade, smiles and waves as she rides along the parade route. Pedersen taught early childhood classes in Stewartville 36 years before her retirement in 2021.
When rain started to fall at about 9 in the morning and continued until after 11 a.m. on Monday, July 4, Stewartville Area Chamber of Commerce leaders were concerned the weather might cancel the annual Summerfest Parade.
"While the parade is not a fundraiser for the Chamber, we knew it is something people look forward to on the Fourth of July," said Nick Johnson, parade chair. "Our team decided to keep things as planned, and if the weather was still sketchy by 4, we would make a decision. Thankfully, things cleared up around 1, so we didn't get too close to pulling the plug."
In all, 84 units took part in this year's parade, which began at 6:30 p.m. on a warm and humid evening. Looking back, Johnson called the parade a success...
For more on this story pick up your copy of the July 12 Stewartville STAR.





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