Rogers parade rocks community
Rockin’ Rogers Days deemed a huge success; weather cooperated this year
by Nathan Warner
Rockin’ Rogers Days has been deemed a huge success.
“We had a phenomenal turnout,” said Bruce Gorecki, the co-chair of the Rockin’ Rogers Days Committee. “People had a blast, judging by the compliments we’ve received.”
New this year was the ROADS 5k Run fund raiser, which attracted a large following of over 100 runners. The run launched from Word of Peace parking lot and was sponsored by the ROADS Education Foundation to offer scholarships and support for students in the Elk River Area School District.
Also Thursday evening, the Rogers Got Talent Show brought out the area’s gifted with non-competitive performances.
Concluding the night was the very popular band, The Fabulous Armadillos, whose lead singer played everything from AC/DC to Glen Campbell.
“We’ve never received so many compliments on a band before,” Gorecki said. “We’re definitely going to invite them back next year.”
Saturday morning began with the 1st Annual Dean Eggert Memorial Ride in honor of the late Dean Eggert, who was an active member of the Rogers Lions Club and an avid Harley enthusiast. The ride stretched over 60 miles and featured nearly 100 bikers from all over the Rogers area. They added their Harley thunder to the Grand Parade around noon, preceded by Dr. Leah Colby in a classic Ford Mustang. Colby, of Rogers’ Eye West Vision Clinic, was this year’s winner of the Community Spirit Award.
The parade launched from Rogers Elementary School, marching down Main Street along the crowded sidewalks before turning on Memorial Drive and continuing past the Rogers Fire Station. Classic cars and motorcycles rumbled down the street, followed by business and church floats.
Clowns, horses, camels and acrobatic dancers mixed into the procession, with parade participants throwing candy to eager children who cheered for more.
Participating high school marching bands included the 728 Cadets, the Hibbing Bluejackets, the Litchfield Marching Dragons, the St. Michael-
Albertville Marching Knights and the Buffalo Band. Also in the parade were junior high school marching bands from Milaca and Forest Lake.
This year’s classic car show was held behind the Rogers fire station with 32 cars, ranging from classic ’57 Chevrolets to old ’30 Buicks. The Best of Show award went to Steve Thornton for his 1969 Chevrolet Camaro.
“We had white clouds instead of black clouds this time,” Lions Member Clint Johnson laughed, “and we all know car owners appreciate good weather, so it was our best showing to date!”
Gorecki also had good things to say about the weather.
“It was wonderful! It really helped make this year’s Rockin’ Rogers Days our most successful yet,” he said, “and we look forward to hosting an even better event next year.”