What is summer all about in Minnesota? Fairs, swimming, grilling, mowing—too many activities to list. Of course, the list would not be complete without parades. Minnesota School of Business-Rochester (MSB) staff and students walk countless miles in parade routes, year after year, at many local favorites. This year’s parades included Rochesterfest, Chatfield Western Days and Plainview Corn on the Cob Days. Here’s a recap of each parade along with testimonials of students and graduates who wore off the tread on their walking shoes and handed out some candy to thousands of spectators:
- Rochesterfest: This three-hour parade, with 100 units, fought through heavy downpours of rain that seemed to follow floats along the route. Young and old alike, nobody quit throughout the three-mile route!
- Chatfield Western Days: With 45 previous years spent celebrating Chatfield’s biggest summer-time event, the 46th Annual Western Days did not disappoint. Although shorter than the Rochesterfest route, it takes extra tough cowboys and cowgirls to ride out this rodeo route!
- Plainview Corn on the Cob Days: There’s so much corn consumed during this annual celebration that the kernel-less cobs could line up from start to finish along the parade route (give or take a couple cobs). We’re sure that the enthusiasm displayed by the walkers was due to the nutritional benefits of corn!
So what were our walkers’ experiences? Let’s ask them:
- Attending the Rochesterfest parade was quite a soaker, to be honest. Overall, the experience was excellent and for a good cause. Not too often do you have Ted Schmidt from KTTC hop up on your float and carry out a newscast. Finally, witnessing the reception from the community was neat to see. -Chad Hodge, accounting grad
- I take pride in representing my veterinary technology program and the campus during parades. We were able to bring our own dogs, which included many breeds, and this provides immense pride in being in able to let the public see the passion we display for our chosen field while walking with animals we love. -Krista Berstinger, vet tech student
- I decided to participate in the Rochesterfest Parade on a whim when another student had to cancel. I was more than happy to represent the school, and I had a blast giving chair massages on the MSB parade float, even with the bad weather. The sudden downpour certainly made for an interesting and memorable experience! I would definitely volunteer again in the future. -Marisa Bite, massage therapy student
MSB-Rochester would like to extend a special thanks to Haley Comfort Systems. As our neighbor and business friend, Haley allowed MSB to use their truck for pulling the MSB float for all three parades!
This is what summer is all about. Contact the Rochester campus at 507-536-9500 to learn more about getting involved in parades and all other campus events.