Little East West Shrine game highlight of Homecoming

RIVER FALLS – The clouds lightened after an early rain and the weather proved perfect for football. The University of Wisconsin- River Falls did battle with the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse on Saturday, Oct. 2 at Ramer Field in Smith Stadium in River Falls. The event culminated the celebration of Homecoming for the Falcons, who came into the game with three wins and no losses. On this day, however, the Falcons would not prevail, but the day was filled with the spirit of comradery that is only found at homecoming in every university campus across America.

One whole lane of the parking lot at Smith Field was dedicated to tailgating with just about anything imaginable on makeshift grills._ The game capped a gala parade in which Shrine units from all over the Midwest performed for the crowd on the streets of River Falls._The Zor Shrine dedicates this event to the Shrine Healthcare for Children in the Twin Cities._ As is the custom at this special event, the parade marshal is one of the patients who are receiving care from Shriners. This year's parade marshal was Brock Haverland of New Richmond. He not only led the parade but also was given his own Falcon jersey to wear for the day.

The visiting dignitaries from the Shrine joined the Parade Grand Marshal during official introductions on the 50-yard line prior to the UW-River Falls homecoming game on Saturday, Oct. 2. (From left): Zor Potentate Mark Jerdee, Parade Grand Marshal Brock Haverland, Haverland’s mom Melissa LaLiberty, St. Croix Valley Shrine Club President Ed Swenson, Bob Hering of the Shrine Board of Governors, Zor Divan Roger Keller, St. Croix Valley Shrine Club President Elect Carl Gaulke and Past Potentate Gary Cuskey. Photo by Milt Helmer

Here are just a couple of the excited alumni that took part in festive tailgating at the Homecoming game at UWRiver Falls on Saturday, Oct. 2.Photo by Milt Helmer

October 13, 2021