With pandemic issues easing up a bit, plans to “open up” for the summer are taking shape. 

Pelican Fest will return to Pelican Rapids the last weekend of June. Thanks to the Stetz family, the Pelican Fest parade is scheduled to be at 11 a.m., June 26. 

Former Chamber President Nicki Stetz, Lake Region Electric Cooperative, was contacted about chairing the parade. 

“I checked in with all 3 of my kids,” said Stetz. “When they all gave me a thumbs up and said they were more than willing to help out I informed the Chamber that the Stetz family is a go.” 

In addition to the Stetz crew, Joe, Jenna and Jarett, the Pelican school “Gala” committee has stepped forward to organize the popular bean bag toss tournament—near the new event space below the VFW Club, by the Pelican River on the west side of downtown Pelican. 

The VFW Post 5252 will host a street dance, also in the outdoor patio and parking area—on the bottom level of the club. 

The Chamber, local businesses and organizations are excited about getting things moving, as pandemic issues become more manageable.

“We are all hoping that life will be able to soon return to normal and are excited that the annual summer events are moving forward,” said Nikki Stetz. 

The traditional Turkey BBQ, is also set to return. 

The Pelican Area Rotary Club will begin serving the traditional spit-cooked turkey BBQ at 11 a.m. Advanced ticket sales are being encouraged by the Rotary Club. 

With the turkey feed on the north side of the famous Pelican Rapids “Suspension Bridge,” it will be just a short walk across the river to Sherin Park, on the south side of the river­–where the vintage tractor and farm show will be on display, organized by John Waller III, current Chamber of Commerce president.