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Paynesville Press - June 25, 2003

Pictures from. . .
2003 Town and Country Days
"Circus, Circus"

Town and Country Day winners

Miss Paynesville and her princesses

Miss Paynesville 2003, Amy Roberg, center;
First Princess, Rachel Sogge, left;
and Second Princess, Kayla Welle, right.

Saturday road race

Town and Country Days kicked off with the 10K,
5K and Fun Run races on Saturday, June 14.

  Car show

A car show was held again in conjunction with the Peeper's Picnic on Sunday, June 15.

Peeper's Picnic

Peeper's Picnic was back this year with lunch, games, karaoke singing, and more on Sunday afternoon in the Gazebo Park.

  Little Miss Dairy Queen, Mister Dairy Queen

Samantha Ochs, the daughter of Jim Ochs an Rita Sirvio, was crowned Little Miss Dairy Queen 2003. Tucker Wendroth, the son of Larry and Sharon Wendroth, was named Lieelt Mister Dairy Queen. The pageant was held in Gazebo Park after the Peeper's Picnic on Sunday afternoon.

Pet Show

The pet show was held Tuesday morning at Washburne Court with an extra treat if participants took their animals to show at the Koronis Manor.

  Kiddie Parade clows

The Kiddie Parade followed the theme of "Circus, Circus." The parade went from Washburne Court to the Koronis Manor where treats were handed out to the kids and the residents of the Manor.

Tractor pull

The tractor pull was held on Tuesday evening on the downtown streets. Also Tuesday evening was a quilt auction with proceeds going to the R.O.S.E. Center.


The carnival ran from Tuesday noon to the wee hours of Wednesday night on the downtown streets. In addition to the carnival and games, many local organizations had food stands, such as the Lions' hamburger stand, Paynesville Area Center fry bread, Community Club cheese curds and more.

Flags at start of parade

The grand parade on Wednesday, June 18, evening sstarted off with the American Legion flag corps and the police car. The weather that night was perfect for a parade!

  Handing candy

One of the problems with the parade has been the throwing of candy from moving vehicles. The city when granted a parade permit urged everyone to hand candy to the spectators. Heather Fuchs give candy in the correct manner to some children along the parade route.

Joe and Sue Voss, parade grand marshals

Joe and Sue Voss were the grand marshals for the 2003 parade.

  Mayor Jeff Thompson

Mayor Jeff Thompson and his wife Becky chose to do the parade route in clown attire this year in keeping with the circus theme instead of riding in a convertible.

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