HOMETOWN HEROES and parade Grand Marshals, Jesse and Justin Hattesohl have both been decorated for their service to our country. (Photos by Jennifer Edwards.)

Hattesohls, BLHS band highlight parade

Staff Writer
Jennifer Edwards
The Big Lake Spud Fest parade was bigger and better than ever this year with three marching bands in the lineup.
The parade began at 11 a.m. sharp with Big Lake Chief of Police Joel Scharf leading off, followed closely by the Big Lake American Legion carrying the colors and the Legion Auxiliary close behind. Everyone stood to honor the flag as it passed.
Then came Big Lake’s fire fighters under the leadership of Fire Chief Paul Nemes. 
Parade Grand Marshals SSgt. Jesse Hattesohl and Sgt. Justin Hattesohl, brothers from Big Lake who were decorated for the sacrifices they made for their country in Afghanistan were next, waving to the crowds.
Among the outstanding floats were the Big Lake Girl Scouts, who had an enormous decorated vehicle and dozens of girls handing out candy. 
Breaknecks Sweet Rides for Sweet Dreams car show is scheduled to come to Big Lake July 12 and will be held at McPete’s. 
Li’l Achievers Early Learning Center turned their float into a winter wonderland with pine trees, animals and falling snow.
Spud Spookular’s float advertising the Halloween event which helps to raise funds for the summer activities featured some scary characters.
Pawtastic Pet Care brought lots of happy and contented dogs to walk in the parade. 
Politicians, visiting royalty from all around the regions and lots of local businesses and organizations were also in the parade line-up. 
Big Lake had a marching band of its own for the first  time in many years. The 51-member band learned their music from high school music teacher Heidi R. Olson, but the marching band was inspired by elementary music teacher Megan Chopard-Boge. Dressed in gold t-shirts and black pants, the students gave their debut performance at the Spud Fest parade.
Sartell High School also sent their marching band, now in their second year, and the Benson marching band returned again as per tradition.
Among the princesses and visiting royalty was Big Laker Ali Wandersee, representing the Pageant of Hope, bringing inspiration to young ladies with disabilities.
Bringing up the rear were Bud Mitchell’s tractors, including the one painted pink and named in memory in memory of Laura Mitchell who passed away from breast cancer.
The parade was televised by Sherburne County Cable Access and will be shown on Channel 19 in the days ahead. Mayor Raeanne Danielowski and former Mayor Don Orrock, who presided over the Spud Fest Committee this year, announced the entrants. 
The floats were judged, with prizes going to first, second and third place. First place went to Cargill Kitchen Solutions. Second place went to Big Lake Youth Wrestling and third place went to Saron Lutheran Church. 
The parade began at Park Avenue and Eagle Lake Road, proceeded down Eagle Lake Road to Minnesota Avenue and ended at Phyllis Street.


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