By Rachel Kytonen
A life-long resident of the Isanti community has been named the 2011 Grand Marshal of the Isanti Rodeo Jubilee Days Parade.
David Englund, who grew up in the Bradford area, and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1977, has been manager of the Isanti Ice Arena since it opened its doors in January 1998 and is also currently the chair of the Jubilee Days committee.
Englund said he was humbled by the Isanti Area Chamber of Commerce’s decision to name him the Grand Marshal.
“I don’t personally feel the Jubilee Days chair should be the Grand Marshal, but it’s a nice honor,” Englund said. “I’ve participated in the parade every year since 1998 and would always be driving the Zamboni.”
The 2011 Isanti Rodeo Jubilee Days runs from Thursday, July 7 through Sunday, July 10. The Parade will be held on July 7 at 6:30 p.m., preceding with a fly over by the T-6 Thunder.
Besides rink manager and Jubilee Days chair, Englund also manages the fields for the Isanti Redbirds baseball team, and participates in other community involvement activities.
“After I participated in the Blandin Leadership Program in 2005, I really started getting more involved in the community and trying to make a difference,” Englund said. “I really like the small-town atmosphere and feel Isanti is a very welcoming community.”
Parade Coordinator Brian Strike, said Englund is very deserving of being named the Grand Marshal.
“David gives so much to the community,” Englund said. “As Jubilee Days chairperson he coordinates the activities and always resolves any problems that come up. He also volunteers relentlessly at the events. You will see him working from sunrise to at least 10 p.m. and then find him at sunrise the next day picking up garbage or whatever needs to be done to make things nice and ready for the early morning activities. That’s dedication and without people like David, Isanti wouldn’t have a festival.”
Englund who grew up in the Bradford area, worked for his dad’s heating and air conditioning business since he was 12, up until 1991. From 1991-1996 he worked for a business in Foley that specialized in building 4th of July fireworks. After that, he began his role as manager of the Isanti Ice Arena.
Englund said after beginning his role at the Ice Arena, he became involved with the Isanti Area Chamber of Commerce. He served on the Chamber Board, and would often help Strike with the parade-line up duties.
Sue Beckman, who is active in the Isanti Chamber, said Englund is a very giving person.
“David has done such a great job of serving as our Jubilee Days coordinator the past couple of years, and is involved in all aspects of fundraising,” Beckman said. “This year we were considering a small charge for kids activities, but David pushed it to keep it a free event by fundraising. He also helps other Jubilee Days coordinators with their activities as well.”
Englund is proud to call Isanti home.
“I really enjoy the community and knowing all the local people,” Englund said. “The Blandin Leadership Program really got me going on the importance of working in the community and teaching the next generation,” Englund said. “We can pass on to them the knowledge we have, and try to make things work. It’s a new society compared to what I had when I was a kid.”
About Rodeo Jubilee Days July 7-10
The Rodeo Jubilee Days events kick-off with the Isanti Area Chamber of Commerce’s 28th annual Pig & Turkey Roast at the Isanti Community Center from 3-6:30 p.m. on July 7.
The Parade begins on July 7 at 6:30 p.m. and Strike mentioned the Parade will have four high school marching bands that are professionally judged by Tri-State Band Judges.
It will also include Zuhrah – flyers helicopter cars, Steel Drum Band, Chanters singing group, Kracker Jacks Drumline, and may others. Strike begins working on the parade in January with invitations to marching bands and speciality groups.
“In order to get bands we have to guarantee a base pay, hire professional band judges so they get points for their season, and also give prize money and trophies,” Strike said. “Many bands need these funds to support their programs. The specialty groups also require a fee and the entire parade costs at least $10,000 to put on. Thanks especially to our sponsors and also to businesses who pay an entry fee so the Isanti Area Chamber of Commerce is able to make this great community event happen. Thanks also to the numerous volunteers.”
Entertainment will also be provided in downtown Isanti by “Mystery Mountain Boys” from 5 p.m. until the beginning of the parade.
On Friday, July 8, there will be a Community Picnic from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wintergreens in Isanti, and a PRCA Rodeo Performance at 6:30 p.m., followed by a dance at the rodeo grounds featuring “Killer Hayseeds.”
On Saturday, July 8, there will be the 5 mile & 2 mile Fitness Run/Walk at 8 a.m. and a Blueliners Pancake Breakfast at the Isanti Community Center from 8-11 a.m.
Several free kids activities will be held July 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., that includes free pony rides again this year with “Tommy’s Zoo & Stables.” Saturday’s Kiddie Parade will be held on Main Street at 11 a.m. (10:15 a.m. registration at Faith Lutheran parking lot), and the annual Isanti Lions Corn Feed also begins at 11 a.m. at the Isanti Community Center. Saturday’s turtle races will begin at 1 p.m. (noon registration) and the 21st annual Outhouse Races begins at 2 p.m. (12:30 p.m. registration).
Other activities on Saturday at the Isanti VFW include a horseshoe tourney at 1 p.m., (noon registration), classic car show and family bingo at 3:30 p.m.
On Saturday, July 8, there will be another PRCA Rodeo Performance at 6:30 p.m. followed by a dance featuring “Iron Horse Band.” On Sunday, July 10, the 2011 Isanti Ambassador Coronation Ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. at the Isanti Middle School Auditorium. Admission is $5.
Tickets to the Rodeo Performances are $12 (gate) or $10 (in advance) for Adults, and 12 and under $7 (gate) or $5 ( in advance) and are available by calling 763-464-2508 or online at www.isantifiredistrict.org.
A complete Schedule of Events for the July 7-10 Rodeo Jubilee Days can be found at www.isantichamber.com.