Isanti Rodeo Jubilee Days are just around the corner, which means Jubilee Days Committee Chair David Englund has been hard at work planning, organizing and doing whatever it takes to make this year’s event memorable.
“The big thing in my book is the whole town, everybody gets together at this yearly get-together where everybody visits with neighbors,” he said. “It’s a yearly party, or a yearly gathering, and it gets the kids out with all the activities.”
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 has held the Jubilee Days chair position the past three years.
The 2012 Isanti Rodeo Jubilee Days runs from Thursday, July 5, through Sunday, July 8. The parade will be held on July 5 at 6:30 p.m., preceding with a fly-over by the T-6 Thunder. The Isanti Redbirds, the 2011 Class C townball State champs, are this year’s Grand Marshal.
“It’s a huge thing,” Englund said. “The Redbirds have gone a long way. To beat all those great teams—it was incredible.”
He also explained that the St. Paul Winter Carnival will have a float featured in this year’s parade.
New this year, the Redbirds will lead a bike ride on the Cambridge-Isanti Bike/Walk Trail at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, July 7.
Englund worked for his dad’s heating and air conditioning business since he was 12, up until 1991. From 1991 to 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 with the parade line-up duties.
Last year he served as Grand Marshal, and he’ll once again ride the zamboni in the parade. He jokes that it can get up to 12 miles per hour.
“The parade is a lot of fun and you see a lot of people,” Englund said. “A lot of people watch the parade and there’s so many people who I see virtually in the same area every year. It’s people that I’ve known for years that I only see once a year and wave at them as I go by. That’s the fun part of the parade.”
About Rodeo Jubilee Days July 5-8
The Rodeo Jubilee Days events kick off with the Isanti Area Chamber of Commerce’s 29th annual Pig & Turkey Roast at the Isanti Community Center from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on July 5.
The parade begins on July 5 at 6:30 p.m. with the Isanti Redbirds as the Grand Marshal. This year, there will be a float from the St. Paul Winter Carnival.
Entertainment will also be provided in downtown Isanti by the “Mystery Mountain Boys” from 4:30 p.m. until the beginning of the parade.
Pie and ice cream will be served 4-10 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church. At 8:30 p.m., “News Getting Old” will perform at Wintergreens, where there will also be games. A campfire with live music by Terry Dubois will be held at the Isanti VFW at 9 p.m.
On Friday, July 6, Backyard Fun will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lake State Federal Credit Union with vendors, classic cars, games and face painting, with their backyard BBQ being served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A PRCA Rodeo Performance will be at 6:30 p.m., followed by a dance at the rodeo grounds featuring “Iron Horse.” New this year, Mutton Bustin’ precedes the rodeo at 6 p.m.
On Saturday, July 7, 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 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., including 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 for $1 per cob. Saturday’s turtle races will begin at 1 p.m. (noon registration) and the 22nd annual Outhouse Races begins at 2 p.m. (12:30 p.m. registration).
Other activities on Saturday at the Isanti VFW include family bingo and a horseshoe tourney at 1 p.m. (noon registration).
On Saturday, July 7, there will be another Mutton Bustin’ at 6 p.m. and PRCA Rodeo Performance at 6:30 p.m., followed by a dance featuring “Sterns County 17.”
On Sunday, July 8, the 2012 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 are $7 (gate) or $5 (in advance) and are available by calling 763-464-2508 or online at www.isantifiredistrict.org. Children 3 and under are free.
A complete schedule of events for the July 5-8 Rodeo Jubilee Days can be found at www.isantichamber.com.