Herald JournalHoward Lake-Waverly Herald, July 8, 2002

Despite flooding, many Waverly Daze events to go on

By Lynda Jensen

Floods ravaging Waverly will not stop many events for Waverly Daze planned for Friday through Sunday, July 12 through 14.

Fireworks will be displayed Friday evening at 10:30 p.m. and the coronation will be conducted as usual Sunday at 5 p.m. at Humphrey Elementary.

Some events, such as the fishing derby and boat parade, have been cancelled due to the heavy flooding of the area and no-wake zones on area lakes enacted by the Wright County Sheriff's Dept. The public landings are closed.

The softball tournament will be played at the Humphrey Elementary school ballpark and a ballfield in Montrose instead of Waterfront Park.

The volleyball tournament is canceled.

The Tractor and Engine Show will run as scheduled all three days at the Railroad Park.

The tractor parade will be at 2 p.m. Saturday as scheduled.

The regular parade will also take place as planned at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

The Knights of Columbus plan to have its pancake breakfast Sunday morning, and the pork chop dinner will now be at village hall Sunday.

One change that may affect many people is camping, which will be not be allowed this year in town.

People are urged to bring lawn chairs to Family Night and to the softball games at the school, due to a lack of bleachers.

Games at Family Night will start at 6:30 p.m., a little earlier than previously planned.

The Saturday night dance will be a street dance at the KC Hall.

Food stands will be located at KC Hall also.

The horseshoe tournament will be at the Railroad Park.

Men featured on Waverly Daze magnet and buttons

Being featured on the buttons and magnets for the Waverly Daze tractor and engine show was easy for Ellsworth Borg, his son Don Borg, and Jim O'Connell ­ they didn't even know it until someone passed the items to them.

The Borgs area pictured atop classic John Deere lawn tractors.

The tractor driven by Ellsworth is a model 110 1967 John Deere, he said.

Don's John Deere is a model 110 bought in 1996 from Scharber and Sons John Deere Sales and Service in Rogers, Minn., he said.

Ellsworth's tractor probably has about 100,000 miles on it, he said. Previously, the mower was used for the Winsted airport many years ago.

Ellsworth bought it in 1971 while working at Sterner and Zimmerman's John Deere Implement in Winsted.

It is still used for mowing, garden tilling, blowing snow and many other uses, Don said.

The Borgs are proud of their John Deeres, which are in tip-top condition.

Jim O'Connell of Delano is pictured atop a 1924 McCormick Deering 15-30 antique tractor on the front of the tractor and engine show button.

He is a thresherman who travels the country participating in actual threshing exhibitions.

O'Connell spends time reconditioning antique tractors and implements.

Look for all of these gentlemen during the parade Saturday at 2 p.m., as well as the tractor and engine shows scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 12 through 14, at the Railroad Park.

The organizer of the event is Dave DeLude, who spent a great deal of time and money in conducting the tractor show for the fifth year in a row.

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