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Visitor from Dassel, Germany presents plate to City of Dassel

Sept. 14, 2009

Red Rooster 50th annivesary was a huge success, with perfect weather

By Lynda Jensen

DASSEL, MN – The success of the 50th anniversary celebration in Dassel during its recent Red Rooster Days was noted by many.

Mayor Mike Scanlon displayed a plate during the council meeting last Monday, presented to the city as a gift from visitor Karl Heinz Helmker of Dassel, Germany, on behalf of the German mayor of that city.

The plate is made in Dassel, Germany, which has been making white China plates for 260 years, Scanlon said. It was suggested to display the plate at the museum. “It’s a very nice gift,” Scanlon said.

Helmker took part in the run/walk last Monday. The fair weather attracted many runners and walkers.

Karl also participated in the parade with daughter Wiebke Helmker. Wiebke is working as a nanny in Golden Valley, Scanlon noted.

Success on many levels

The events, in general, featured perfect weather, very high attendance, exceptionally high for the pedal pull, with 136 participants; and the garden tractor pull enjoyed by about 2,500 Saturday by Thirsty’s.

Museum Director Carolyn Holje described the lines at Red Rooster Monday, with hundreds of people waiting for chicken, amidst perfect weather. The wait wasn’t long, although the line extended nearly to the front entrance of the ballfield.

Coronation was graced with 75 former royalty on stage, which impressed the Aquatennial delegation, Holje said.

The Dassel Area Historical Society also displayed about 1,000 photos from the Enterprise Dispatch on a big screen, in a continuous loop, showing 40 years of Red Rooster heritage.

The feedback from the public was “incredible,” Holje said, noting that many were awed by the museum facility. “Great accolades to you,” she said to the council.

Amy Wilde of the Red Rooster committee commented that all the chicken was sold out, but “we didn’t run out.”

Some chicken was sold at the end of the day as take-home orders. “That’s the ideal situation.” No one who bought a ticket went away without it.

Wilde estimated that about 1,000 tickets for the ‘92 Mustang convertible (won by Jon Ryan of Cokato) were sold.

All of the special anniversary T-shirts were sold, as well.


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