This new art print, featuring the Pelican Rapids holiday horse parade, will be printed for holiday sales.
Pelican Rapids city crews prepared the town for the holidays, placing Christmas decorations on the light poles last week. Several storefronts were decorated for the season by the Merchants on the Move.
Pictured are Sandra Strandlien and Dena Johnson, rolling out the holiday color the storefront by Rehab Plus.
They also set up holiday displays at other storefronts in the downtown business district.

A quarter century of brightly decorated, horse-drawn wagons will be celebrated Nov. 26—and also with a customized art print, featuring a festive main street Pelican Rapids scene. 

The Lighted Horse parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 26.

The horse-drawn procession follows a full day of activities in downtown Pelican. More than 20 parade entries are expected. 

A “Pop-up” Christmas market will be staged at the farmers market site in downtown Pelican Rapids, starting at 3:30 p.m. 

 Christmas caroling on the streets will be featured downtown Pelican, along with wagon rides—staged next door to the Mercantile on Main. Businesses will be open late on Friday. 

New horse parade line-up 

Parade organizer Audrey Wifall reminds parade participants that the route has changed, with the staging area this year being by the old feed mill—west of the Park Region Co-op-Burger King complex. 

Important note, said Wifall, is that First Street, which runs past the Pelican Farmers Elevator, must remain open because the Pelican Police Department will be routing through traffic down First Street. Highway 59 will be blocked off for the parade, and most spectators will be along the downtown business district.

Spectators are asked not to visit the pre-parade line-up site—to limit congestion, noted Wifall. 

Art print will be available for pre-Christmas sales

Meanwhile, a new, limited edition art print will be going to the presses soon. Created by the same artist, JD Speltz who painted Pelican scenes about ten years ago. The new print, pictured here,  will be available for Christmas gift season. 

The print is for sale and is $40 for the print alone and $117 for a framed print. 

The print is a fundraiser for the 25th Anniversary Lighted Horse Parade and is sponsored by Merchant’s on the Move and the Pelican Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce.  There is a “blitz” sale until November 30, and anyone who purchases a print before November 30 will also receive a free T-shirt with the print image.  

The print will be displayed in the Christmas window located at Rehab Plus & Fitness, on the northwest side of the downtown business disrict. 

Four original horse-handlers will return for Pelican parade

Four of the original teamsters that participated in the first Pelican “Lighted Horse Parade” a quarter century ago, will be returning for the Nov. 26 event.

Those original four horseman are: Wally Rodewald, Richard Rollie, Jeff Johnson and Bob Dalman.

This map illustrates the revised parade route, which starts with staging near the Farmers Elevator feed mill site, near 3rd Ave. SW. Spectators are reminded that 1st St. SW must be kept open as a through street for traffic, which will be routed away from the main spectator route downtown on Highway 59.

Following are a few of the festive events that have been confirmed. 

Information on seasonal events will be published weekly through the holidays in the Pelican Rapids Press. 

Christmas Craft Night at Brown Eyed Susans, Tuesday, November 30 from 6-8 p.m.

• The North Immanuel Church’s popular Christmas Concert, featuring the Granders will be 7 p.m., Dec. 1, preceeded by a special soup, bread and sweets supper, from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. 

Scambler Union Church will host its “Old Fashioned Christmas” service and program, beginning at 7:30 p.m., Dec . 4.

• Dec. 4 is the annual “Christmas at the Barn” in Dunvilla, with vendor fair starting at 9 a.m., sleigh rides at 10 and Christmas concert at 7 p.m.

Christmas Craft Night at Brown Eyed Susans, Tuesday, December 7 from 6-8 p.m.

• On Dec. 11, the Barn at Dunvilla will host the “Holiday Glam Show,” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• The Heart O’ Lakes Harmony concert, featuring the area-wide mens vocal chorus, will be at the Pelican Rapids High School Auditorium, Dec. 13, 7 p.m. Theme for the program is “The Gift of Harmony: Singing in the Season.” 

Faith Lutheran Church is returning with its holiday baking “extravaganza,” including advanced orders, with the church opening its bake sale at 9 a.m., Dec. 18. 

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Please contact the Pelican Rapids Press with information on holiday season events. 

Call Louis Hoglund or Cindy Hensch, 218-863-1421; or email