Woodland Planters Days set to celebrate 99 years of traditions


The Woodland Planters Days celebration will return for its 99th year with mostly virtual programming this month, except for an in-person “reverse parade.”

The reverse parade will feature parade entrants situated in booths in the Woodland High School parking lot while attendees drive through to view the displays, said Keith Bellisle, Woodland Planters Days president. Tractors, trucks and Woodland businesses will be in attendance.

“We just hope everybody will come to the reverse parade and be ready for the 100th year celebration next year, which we hope to do a bunch of new stuff and make everything bigger,” Bellisle said.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 19. Booths will not hand out items to vehicles driving by, organizers said.

Groups and individuals can enter to be in the parade until the day of the event, but they may not qualify for winning an award and fees double for same-day entry.

Children 12 and under can enter the parade for free. Standard entries with no more than five vehicles pay a $10 fee, and political entries pay a $20 fee. Forms should be submitted at the Woodland Visitor Center at 900 N. Goerig St.

The Small Town Support Program, an online event during Woodland Planters Days, will close June 20 with a raffle giving away monetary prizes, gift cards and other merchandise from local businesses, he said. Ticketholders could win $5,000 for the grand prize as well as $1,000 and $500 cash prizes.

To enter, people must upload a photo of themself purchasing or supporting a local business to the Facebook event page. Each picture qualifies as one entry. Winners will be announced at 3 p.m. on June 20 on the Woodland Planters Days Facebook livestream, Bellisle said.

For the second year in a row, car enthusiasts can show off their vehicles at the online car show. Three prizes will be awarded. The show is scheduled for 11 a.m. on June 20 to 11 a.m. on June 21.

Those interested can still share their talents during the Woodland’s Got Talent event from 11 a.m. on June 18 to 11 a.m. on June 19. Participants can post a video on the Facebook page. Prizes and categories will be determined at a later time.

The Planters Days queen coronation will be livestreamed at 7 p.m. on June 18 on Facebook.

Other online events include the cutest kid contest, children’s chalk art, Hansen’s 54th virtual frog jump and pets with personality event.

A full schedule can be found online at facebook.com/wood


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