Community enjoys Trufant Jubilee

Posted by Lori Hansen • Last Updated 5:02 pm on Wednesday, September 07 2011

Russell Hansen and his daughter, Karen Hansen, reigned over the Jubilee celebration as the 2011 grand marshals.

TRUFANT — Wilma Hull, Artisha Makarewicz, Elsie Yob and Maggie Priebe have a long-standing tradition — they attend the Trufant Jubilee together, regardless of the weather.
Hull and Maraewicz traveled from Grand Rapids, Yob from Fremont and Priebe from Coral, continuing a friendship they have had for over 60 years, to attend the 33rd annual Trufant Jubilee.
“We just love it. It is all really great. We like the aebleskiver breakfast and the chicken barbecue,” Hull said. “It takes so many volunteers to put on something like this and we are thankful they do it.”
Makarewicz, agreeing that it is all wonderful, especially enjoys the small town atmosphere and marveled over the fireworks show and the street-strolling dance group that performed for them while Yob added they planned to listen to the polka band and visit the beer tent too.
“We sit in the same spot every year to watch the grand parade and, being from a small town myself, think it is great for the community that they do this,” Priebe said. “The rain this (Saturday) morning put a bit of a damper on things, but that is Michigan weather for you.”
Trufant Chamber of Commerce president Ralph Krantz agreed that weather conditions hampered some events.
“We had a little bit of everything in the weather department. We always hope for good weather, but in Michigan you have to expect this and you take what you get,” he said.
A quick storm blew through Saturday morning, enough to dump some rain and knock out electricity in the area. The afternoon became a humid scorcher, but evening brought the feel of fall.
“We do think the crowds were down a little bit because of the weather, but everything went well and everyone had fun and kept safe. Even with the electricity out, things stayed pretty much on schedule,” Krantz said. “The fireworks went well, the parade, went well, the car show had over 150 registered and they all showed up, the horse pull and tractor pull Sunday was great, bingo was great. The people still came, regardless of the weather and the glitch with no power.”

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