Photos: Esko Fun Days celebrates school, community


August 12, 2022

Dave Harwig

ari Knutson and Esko students carry the Esko "All Class" banner celebrating the Esko schools' centennial (two years late thanks to the pandemic) in Saturday's Esko Fun Days parade on Canosia Road. The community celebrated 102 years of Esko schools last week, culminating with Saturday's parade and a street dance that evening, along with assorted reunion gatherings Friday and Saturday.

Esko added a whole new layer to its annual Esko Fun Days celebration, by inviting every single graduate of the 102-year-old school to come back next week for an all-school reunion.

Work toward organizing the reunion and school centennial actually began a few years ago, because the school opened in 1920. "Then Covid struck," said Maggie Sunnarborg.

So they decided that celebrating the centennial a couple years later was fine too, and made plans to bring together as many graduates as possible for the various community events, setting aside Friday night for class mixers, with a couple spilling over into Saturday. Events culminated Saturday, starting with a race, followed by the parade and a street dance that evening.

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Dave Harwig

Shirley Hemmila, the oldest known Esko High School graduate, throws handfuls of Tootsie Roll candy as the Esko Fun Days as the Esko Fun Days Grand Marshal.


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