35th annual Trufant Jubilee visitors enjoy wonderful weekend


By Lori Hansen • Last Updated 12:39 pm on Tuesday, September 03, 2013

John Deere tractors lumbered down the Trufant Jubilee Grand parade route Saturday afternoon. See Page 3 for a story and more photos from this weekend’s 35th annual Trufant Jubilee. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

TRUFANT — What originally began as a one day fundraising event 35 years ago is now a fun-filled, three-day celebration, and this year’s Trufant Jubilee went off without a hitch with great weather and attendance.

Kicking off Thursday evening with the crowning of Jubilee royalty and wrapping up Sunday with a top-notch car show, soap box derby and kids water battle, Trufant Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors President Ralph Krantz said event organizers were delighted with the outcome.

Brent James with the Trufant firefighters bastes chicken with some of the secret sauce used to prepare 750 chicken dinners Saturday at the annual Trufant Firefighters Chicken Barbecue. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

“I am very pleased. All those who put on the different things, and not only the Chamber volunteers, said everything went well, and events were well attended,” said Krantz.

The old favorites, such as the aebleskiver breakfast at the community center, the Trufant Firefighters Chicken Barbecue at the fire barn, and the 10th annual Trufant Jubilee Car, Truck and Bike show on Sunday, all were well attended.

“We’ve done the chicken dinners for 40 years now,” said Tony Sorensen, one of the firefighters who mans the grills. “It started out we would do the dinners and then play softball the rest of the afternoon. Then the next thing you know, we are doing it the same weekend as the Jubilee and we’ve become one of the standard pieces of the Jubilee.”

John Miller of Howard City is one of those local residents who have attended all 35 Jubilee celebrations.

“I like the parade, the barbecue, but mostly meeting people who you haven’t seen for years,” said Miller.

His companion, Pat Fisk of Pierson, said she just enjoys “everything about the weekend.”

“It is a nice family-oriented event with something for everyone.” said Fisk.

The addition of bagpipes and an honor guard to lead Friday night’s fireman parade received lots of positive comments, and the weather cooperated during the fireworks show immediately afterward, Krantz said.

The sporting events, such as softball tournaments and horseshoe tournaments also are drawing cards.

“We come every year,” said Lonnie Smith of Sand Lake. “We take in the parade, the softball tournament, the chicken barbecue, and the hospitality tent. The hospitality tent always has great music.”

For 35 years, the Jubilee has been a family event for Anisa Mortensen of Sand Lake.

“We come every year, the whole family comes,” said Mortensen. “We enjoy the aebleskivers, and everything about the Jubilee. Some years they may have less vendors, and other years they add a new event or two. But it stays generally the same and we just love it, the whole thing!”

Correspondent Lori Hansen is a Greenville-area resident.

St. Thomas Lutheran Church was one of the local organizations with floats involved in the Jubilee Grand Parade in Trufant on Saturday. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

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