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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
  • Godahl parade marks the last day of summer vacation

  • The parade consists of a large number of floats, plenty of candy and hundreds of people scattered along a route that runs through the small town.
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  • After weeks of planning and a summer of fun, the Godahl Labor Day Parade has come and gone, marking the end of summer vacation and the beginning of the school year in Watonwan County.
    The parade consists of a large number of floats, plenty of candy and hundreds of people scattered along a route that runs through the small town.
    This year's grand marshal was Arnie Anderson. Arnie grew up in Godahl and has lived in the Godahl area for 74 years. He has been heavily involved in the parade, playing his accordion and driving a small tractor in the past. This year Arnie enjoyed riding through the parade in style as the 2013 parade grand marshal.
    Although Arnie couldn't figure out why he was chosen out of all the worthy Godahl candidates, he did enjoy going through the parade route. Since the celebration first kicked off about 58 years ago, Arnie has enjoyed the town celebration. He was happy the weather cooperated and that everyone had a chance to enjoy his small town.
    The Godahl Labor Day Parade is special in its own sort of way. The parade boasts a large amount of classic automobiles, including Studebaker, Chevy and Ford Models. Near the end of the parade, collectable and antique tractors make their way down the small main street.
    Bystanders mingle with the people in cars passing by and some even stop to have a conversation in the middle of the route. It's as nonchalant and relaxed a parade as you will see in the area all summer long.
    For children, the parade is an indication that the summer is over and school is about to begin. Many area children enjoyed one last hoorah by joining the baseball tournament in Godahl during the weekend. There were seven teams total participating in that event.
    The Godahl Days celebration also consists of a large number of old-time and polka bands hitting the stage and performing for the hundreds of visitors that head to the town in early September.

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