Every Labor Day for the last 63 years people from all over gather to the unincorporated community of Godahl for the annual Godahl Day.
As part of the annual event those in attendance will have the chance to vote on who they think should be this years Godahl Day Queen.
As part of the requirements to be a candidate for the Godahl Day Queen they must be entering their junior year of high school and helped out at least 3 out of the last 5 years with the annual event.
Bios about this year’s candidates:
Lorena Butler- daughter of Steve Butler and Wendy and Brad Carlson
Lorena is entering her Junior year at St. Mary's Catholic High School in Sleepy Eye.
When asked why she decided to apply to be this year’s Godahl Queen Lorena pointed to it looking like a fun and good experience and also a way to create some friendly competition with Anna Parker the other nominee.
“The option to be a candidate is open to any girls in the area that are in 11th grade. I thought it would be fun and a great experience, and also so Ana could have some competition.”
Like many who have been apart of Godahl Day over the years Lorena pointed to walking in the parade as one of her favorite experiences.
“The best experience I've had with Godahl days is walking in the parade with my family and friends.”
While she has had many memories over the years she pointed to walking with her dad when she was younger as her most memorable experience.
“The most memorable experience would be when my dad walked with me in the parade when I was little.”
Aside from the annual Godahl Day event she also has spent a lot of time in Godahl over the years.
Not only has her family lived in the immediate area for about 20 years her mother also served as manager of the iconic Godahl Store.
Lorena also spent time working at the store before it closed.
Ana Parker- daughter of Gary and Ann Parker
Like many siblings Ana Parker’s first experiences in Godahl came at a young age playing with other kids as their brothers played baseball.
“I grew up three miles from Godahl. My two older brothers played baseball for Godahl and we went to their games. We would play at the park with the other kids our age. The older we got the more we watched the game. My younger brother played for Godahl also. It is really a great community with great people.”
Ana also spent many years helping out with the annual event in a variety of different roles.
“Starting when I was seven I worked the dining hall for Godahl Days. Once I got older I helped my mom serve pies. My grade school basketball team, Saint Paul’s Lutheran, used the
rec for basketball games. I also played softball for Godahl in the summer and really enjoyed playing with everyone. It helped me get to know a lot more people in the area.”
While she has had plenty of fond memories of Godahl to choose from she pointed to quality time with her family as her favorite.
“I have a lot of great memories from Godahl, so it’s hard to pick one. I really enjoyed biking up to the store with my family and getting a treat. Afterwards we would go to the park to play. Or we would go in the recreation building. It helped us bond as a family.”
When asked why decided to apply to run for Godahl Day Queen Ana said that she thought it would be fun to represent Godahl a community that she is passionate about.
“I decided to apply to be a candidate because I thought it would be fun to represent Godahl. I am really glad I go to know the community and all the people that I have met. I am glad that I have a chance to run for Queen.”
Voting for the annual Godahl Day Queen will take place from 9 a.m. until Noon with the Parade and Coronation starting at 12:30.