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Three Oaks Flag Day celebration one of nation's largest

2011-05-16T00:00:00Z 2011-05-16T16:54:45Z Three Oaks Flag Day celebration one of nation's largestBy Carrie Steinweg
May 16, 2011 12:00 am  • 

Mark your calendars for some fun in Three Oaks from June 10-12 for their 59th Flag Day weekend celebration. It kicks off Friday evening with a beer tent and live band at the American Legion grounds. The fun continues on Saturday with Art in the Park, which includes craft and food vendors and a wine tent occupied by three area wineries and a microbrewery at Carver Park, along with kids' games and a petting zoo. Down the street near the Vickers Theatre is a Farmers' Market, at St. Mary's Field near the American Legion is a custom semi-truck show, and at the library, the local king and queen of Three Oaks are announced. In the evening, it's live music again at the Legion.

Sunday is parade day, a continuation of a tradition started in 1953 that remains a small-town main street display of patriotic spirit. Village officials claim the procession to be the "World's Largest Flag Day Parade." The day begins with a pancake breakfast at the local fire station and Art in the Park continues. A military fly-over will precede the 3 p.m. (Eastern Time) parade. Three Oaks native and military veteran, Tom Palen, will serve as grand marshal followed by about 120 parade entries, ranging from local royalty to school bands to tractors to antique cars.

"There's definitely something for the whole family and for everyone, whether you're a hometown person or a visitor," says Gail Freehling, chairperson of the Three Oaks Flag Day Committee. "It's a long-time tradition in Three Oaks that volunteers are working hard to continue and to help it grow. It's become a ‘must attend' event."

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