THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
31st Annual Historical Day is Amazing Success
Issue Date: October 3, 2019
Thousands of people lined the streets of Peshtigo for the 31st annual Peshtigo Historical Day Parade on Saturday, Sept. 28. The parade route started at Lee's Family Foods and ended at Badger Park, there wasn't an open spot left for more spectators. Approximately 3,000 people attended the event, according to Joe Nystrom, chairperson. Seventy-five units participated in the parade.
The day began with the Fire Tower Walk/Run at 8 a.m. with 202 runners and walkers taking part. It started at Bulldog Stadium and wrapped around the scenic streets near Badger Park. Finishers ranged in age from 5-years old to 76, and first-time racers to annual participants.
Top five males in the 10K were Reid Marquardt with a winning time of 37:19, followed by Kevin O'Rourke, Mark Jasper, Humberto Espinosa and Justin Oberg. Top five females in the 10K were Becky Chaltry with a winning time of 43:59, followed by Kelly Bergquist, Rochelle Anderson, Nola Hardy and Diane St. Martin. Top five men in the 5K run were Jacob Michaels finishing in 17:12, James Smith, Brian Cleven, Tom Schnell and Nick Mans. Top five women in the 5K run were Vanessa Wentworth in 22:14, Lauren Tardiff, Brenda Blink, Holly Pesch and Kayla Murphy. Top 3 in the 5K Jim Brien with a winning time of 42:13, followed by Michelle Lingis and Rebecca Rich.
The 3rd annual bike ride to the harbor took place at 12:30 p.m. Other activities included a horseshoe tournament, Cow Chip Bingo, and arts and craft vendors. Historical reenactors were on site with a record number of spectators viewing them. There were also bouncers, knocker suits, Merline's Magic/Balloons, Face painting, and Gizmo the illusionist.
Music included Music Jar, Sons of Memphis and Daze 2 Nights, followed by fireworks.
A couple of changes this year was the site of the Craft and Vendor show which was set up on the street, and the Car Show in front of the elementary school on the driveway. Campsites were full, and additional camp sites were added near the small pavilion, according to Nystrom. Next year's Historical Day in already in the planning process. The evening ended with a great fireworks display at dusk.