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Wenonga Days fill streets of Battle Lake [UPDATED]

Published 9:50am Friday, July 26, 2013 Updated 12:07pm Friday, July 26, 2013

Battle Lake’s annual celebration is back for another year with a craft vendor fair, parade and street dance. Long time community advocate Jon Tamke will act as the Grand Marshal for the event’s parade as well.

The parade begins at 7 p.m. and will be followed by an ice cream social at the Battle Lake Senior Center immediately after. The band classic rock cover band Nasty Habit will perform from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Old Brick Inn. There is a cover charge to attend.

Saturday will also bring back a favorite from last year’s event. Native American spirit dancer Dennis Rogers will give two performances at 10:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Rogers is an enrolled tribal member of the Navajo Nation and has dedicated his educational career to promoting multicultural education. He has demonstrated a number of traditional Native American art forms around the world.

The second annual craft and vendor fair is planned across from the Lakes Area Community Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Sunday, the Battle Lake Lions will serve a pancake and sausage breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lions park shelter at the Battle Lake public access.

For Tamke, the event showcases what makes the busy town so special.

“I’m always enthusiastic about the good turn out,” Tamke said. “Just the tourism alone brings another 1,000 people into town. All these events bring a lot of people into town.”

Tamke, whose family bought the local newspaper in Battle Lake in 1956, was on the civic and commerce board that came up with the original concept for the event in the early 1980s. Tamke bought the newspaper in 1986, and has been a member of a number of community groups since, including the Battle Lake Lions and Shrine Club.

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