Plenty of things to see, eat and do south of Cokato; event is in memory of Ed Tuman
By Lynda Jensen
A tractor extravaganza is being hosted by Stockholm Lutheran Church, south of Cokato, Saturday and Sunday, June 20-21 complete with two parades, food, rides, raffles, and a large exhibition of vintage tractors.
Big and small, tractors of all kinds will be featured, commented Dean Terning. The events actually kick off with a tractor parade from Cokato Elementary 6 p.m. Friday evening, along with an ice cream social. Last year, they attracted 72 tractors, Terning said. This year, they are hoping for 100.
Two parades will be featured; one 6 p.m. Friday, and a second, shorter parade 2 p.m. Saturday (just around the church).
The event will offer a bonanza of activities, including:
• drinks and floats by the Stockholm youth,
• lunch available by the church ladies,
• semi and tractor rides
• A parade from Cokato Elementary to the church Friday, June 19 at 6 p.m.
• Ice cream social Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. by Lutheran Brotherhood,
• a pedal tractor raffle Sunday at 4 p.m.,
• quilt raffle,
• parade Saturday at 2 p.m. around the church
• and a “How slow can they go?” race Sunday at 2 p.m.
• primitive camping is available.
• there will be a church service 9 a.m. Sunday
Events will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 20, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 21, except the Friday events noted.
In memory of the late Ed Tuman
This is the second annual event for the tractor show and parade, but the first time it’s being done in memory of the late Ed Tuman, who passed away in January.
Tuman was a behind-the scenes type of quiet guy, who served 23 years on the Cokato Fire Department, commented friend Jim Martinson.
“He had a sneaky-smart sense of humor,” Martinson remembered. Tuman was always working with machinery, and willing to get his hands dirty fixing something, he added.
He was willing to show others how to do something, “but he’d always make you do it, so you learned something,” Martinson said.
Terning remembered Tuman as an enthusiastic man, who was a hard worker. Tuman was on the committee to obtain an ambulance service, Martinson said.
Fire Chief Mike Holmquist recalled Tuman’s service on the fire department as well.