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Homecoming game and parade played out in picture perfect weather

By Milt Helmer

The University of Wisconsin River Falls Homecoming game has not always seen good weather, but Saturday October 3 the annual event unfolded under clear blue skies and ideal crisp fall sunshine.

For the past several years, homecoming has featured a joint parade sponsored by the UWRF and the St. Croix Valley Shrine Club. Shriners from all over the upper Midwest resulted in not only record attendance but also record participation. The parade had 3 local area bands, scores of popular Shrine units, some from as far away as Alexandria, Minnesota. The units included the ever popular Zor Roadrunners, under the command of Captain Jerry Wilkens of River Falls.

The Shriners hold what they call their Oasis, which is a time to gather, visit and enjoy refreshment prior to the official activities. Potentates from not only Zor but also Osman Temples and the Imperial Shriners.

The Homecoming game with La Crosse was a close one with the River Falls Falcons prevailing 21-20.

Before kickoff, the members of the St. Croix Valley Shrine Club, Zor Divan officers and Imperial Ceremonial Master were introduced along with the chairmen of the weekend event.

The game is an annual fundraiser that has raised over $500.000 for the Shriners Hospital for Children® since its beginning over 50 years ago.