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A look back at past Booster Days

The Hudson High School marching band led the 1980 parade through downtown Hudson. The band director was Terry Negard.1 / 11
There was a day when the Booster celebrations included a drum and bugle competition. After marching in the parade, the units would compete that evening at Newton Field. At the official table are, from left, Sgt. 1st Class Robert W. Penman (representing the VFW), Booster President Tom Evenson, Miss Teenage Wisconsin (former Hudsonite) Beth Ruyak, Miss Hudson Georgia King, and drum and bugle competition co-chairs Ken Larson and Donald J. “Jerry” Tulgren. 2 / 11
This 1975 photo shows the group of Boosters in charge of that year’s parade. The men are, from left, Bill Filipiak, John Everson and Ken Larson.3 / 11
This 1966 photo shows two Booster members promoting the event. They are Tom Evenson, left, and George Graven. Note that Booster Days at that time was held in late June, not during the Fourth of July holiday.4 / 11
The first float for the Miss Hudson Royalty is shown in this 1972 photo. The float project was a joint venture of the Boosters and the Chamber of Commerce. Displaying the “Hudson Belle” (which was built in the HHS shop) are, from left, Roger Peterson (Chamber President), Hank Paulson and Alvin Weitkamp (a retired HHS shop teacher who was involved in many building projects around the community). The float was designed by John E. Rollheiser of Hudson.5 / 11
This 1965 photo shows three Booster members promoting the event. They are, from left, George Graven, John Hooley and Lloyd Gilbert. 6 / 11
This photo, identified as being taken in the 1950s, shows a group of youngsters waiting to see, according to the sign on the wall, a “midget horse.” Apparently a dime got them into the building. A truck in the background talks about a python and “Devil” snake. Unfortunately, the youngsters are not identified.7 / 11
This 1979 photo shows some of the Booster officers of the day planning for Booster Days. The group includes, from left, Ken Larson, Jerry Gilbert, Fritz Meyer and Dick Smith.8 / 11
The 1970 Booster celebration included boat races on the St. Croix River.9 / 11
A popular unit in the 1979 parade was this vehicle disguised as a can of Schlitz beer. Kent Wolff, left, then owner of the Village Inn, sponsored the unit. On the right was a fellow named Tom Miles of Milwaukee. He worked for Schlitz and it was his job to transport the vehicle. According to that week’s Star-Observer, his next stop after Hudson was a location in Wyoming.10 / 11
This 1957 photo shows young people enjoying the carnival rides -- always a part of the annual celebration. The youngsters are, from left, Linda Peiffer, Steven O’Brien and Bobby Peiffer.11 / 11

Hudson Booster Days are scheduled this weekend and it seems like an appropriate time to look at some of the photos from past Booster Day celebrations.

The Boosters were established in 1952 and the organization has three main focal points, although they also are active in other events, such as the annual Easter egg hunt. The three points are:

--Provide youth sports programs (baseball, softball, football) to promote teamwork, skill development, and total person development.

--Plan and host the annual Booster Days celebration in Hudson every Fourth of July (or the closest weekend). This is the primary fundraiser to provide new equipment and field maintenance/upgrades for the youth programs.

--Give citizens a chance to give back to their community by coaching, serving on a committee, or donating their time or expertise to improve our facilities and programs.

The current board members are: President Tom Smith, Vice President Rick Johnson, Treasurer John Herink, Secretary Lynn Lueders, Brent Hedding, Carrie Hobrough, Terry Rowan and Jeff Tersteeg.

Doug Stohlberg

Doug Stohlberg has been part of the Hudson Star-Observer since 1973 and has been editor since 1987. He worked at the New Richmond News from 1971 to 1973. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota.

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