It was a gorgeous
day for some family fun and that's exactly what was had in Chippewa Falls
today at the Pure Water Days Parade.
Families flooded the streets of Chippewa Falls today for the sights and sounds of
the 37th annual Pure Water Days Parade.
"Pure water days started 37
years ago when the mayor of Chippewa Falls bet another mayor in a town in New Mexico that they had
the purest water in the world. The other mayor thought they had purest water in
the world. Well, they had a contest and somebody judged it and Chippewa Falls won," says Karin Schuler, the
Even with a shortened parade route, more
than 60 floats were there some that come every year and some new ones.
"We've got WQOW in the parade
for the first time this year," Schuler says.
And some that were done just in the
nick of time.
"It took us about 30 hours to
complete the entire float with help from volunteers," says Kari Rinholen,
Miss Durand 2013.
But they say their hard work pays
"The little girls are always
like oh my god, it's pink. I love pink. So, it's just a lot of fun to see the
kids reactions to it," says Rinholen.
Floats, horses and cars are nice but
that is not what brings the kids to the streets.
They come for the candy and stay for
always come with my aunt and then we go to Olson's ice cream after we're done,"
says Morgan Freeman, a Barron teenager.
The fun doesn't
end when the parade does. The Duck Splash Festival, an annual fundraiser and
raffles are taking place right now at Marshall Field in Chippewa Falls.
Tomorrow there is a community worship and a quilt show.
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