Urho joins Stone AgeThe 36th annual St Urho’s celebration in Finland is coming up fast – next week. The fun begins March 11 and goes through Sunday, March 13, with a theme that goes back a ways: St. Urho BC: The Hunt for the Sabertooth Grasshopper.
By: News-Chronicle, Lake County News Chronicle
The 36th annual St Urho’s celebration in Finland is coming up fast – next week. The fun begins March 11 and goes through Sunday, March 13, with a theme that goes back a ways: St. Urho BC: The Hunt for the Sabertooth Grasshopper. The idea is to get in touch with your “inner caveperson,” organizers say.
Miss Helmi is rumored to be making an appearance Friday evening at all of the local establishments and there will be live music at the West Branch and the Four Seasons. Saturday kicks off early with the Finland Historical Society pancake breakfast at Zion Lutheran Church. More refreshments will be sold outside the Finland Co-op and the Fire and Rescue squads will be having the usual weenie roast outside the hall.
At noon, Highway 1 will be shut down for the parade and a tug-of-war across the Baptism River while everyone waits for the parade to arrive. The parade is going to be particularly nice this year, with lots of pre-historic beasts and other family fun.
It’s not too late to dust off your dinosaur and enter it in the parade, just call Cheri Bischoff at 353-7743 to register.
After the parade there will be music at the Our Place Restaurant and Kala Moijaka (traditional fish soup) at the Four Seasons. At 2 p.m. there will be a dedication ceremony and open house at the new Clair Nelson Intermodal Community Center, with various refreshments and crafts on sale.
There will be music in town all afternoon: At 3 p.m. the Keystones are playing at the Four Seasons; at 4 p.m. the May Prachar Band will play at the Clair Nelson Center, and later that night the Backwoods Band will play at the West Branch.
On Sunday the raffle ticket drawing will be held at the West Branch. Raffle tickets and buttons are on sale at area businesses and money goes to continuing the great Urho tradition in Finland.