Located In:
Itasca County between the cities of Hibbing &
Grand Rapids

Population:
1,000

Recreation:
Miskovich-Morrow Ball Park; VFW Memorial Park & picnic area; Mike Peluso Outdoor Skating Rink; Swan Lake Country Club 9-hole golf course; Swan Lake public boat landing & fishing dock; groomed trails by the Greenway Snowmobile Club; Mesabi Bike Trail connecting
Ely to Grand Rapids

Former Home to:
Mike Peluso

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In the Midst of Northern Minnesota's Iron Range
"The Town That Never Was"

 

Pengilly Centennial 1908 - 2008

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Centennial LogoPengilly celebrated it's Centennial August 29-31, 2008 with a Grand 3-Day Celebration. . . .and celebration it was!  Our small town of about 1,000 attracted approximately 2,000 people from across the country.

On Friday, August 29, the 3-Day Celebration started off with an openingOpening Ceremony ceremony by Terry Vangen and flag raising by the Pengilly VFW.  The Pengilly Community Center was the center hub for all registrants, (door prizes), memory room, souvenirs, Postage Stamp Cancellation, Pengilly DVD, and the 240 page History and Memory book.  The Vintage and Northern Cruisers Car Clubs were present and the Curb Feelers Band provided musical entertainment that afternoon.  That evening, Dozers and the Crazy Loon sponsored a street dance by the Jig Rock'n Ore Dawgs.

Flag RaisingOn Saturday, August 30, breakfast was provided by the Crossroads Family Church.Apple Chords Quartet  The Apple Chords Barbershop Quartet officially started the day, with Pengilly Pioneers and Parade Marshalls Terry Vangen and Shirley Marshall, at the lead of the parade, along with Elfrieda LaDoux, Pengilly's Own Centenarian.  It was a huge success with over 70 entries, especially since the last Pengilly parade was held in 1954 .  Musical entertainment was provided throughout the day by Jim Peluso on the accordion, Mississippi Timber Cloggers, Second Wind Harmonica Band, Darwin Dockter Band, Steve Pratt, Bob Badavinac Polka Band, and the Stone Kry Band.  Once again that evening, Dozers and the Crazy Loon sponsored another street dance by the Jig Rock'n Ore Dawgs.Elfrieda LaDoux 
Throughout the celebration, vendors lined Half Circle Drive -- Dave Stensrude with Color Fusion Souvenirs, Fry Bread, Gary's Concessions, Greenway Close-Up Root Beer Parade MarshallsFloats, Kettle Corn, Teenie Weenie Donuts, Wrestling Team Fry Bread & Tacos in-a-Bag, Cookies on-the-Spot, Pengilly Methodist Parish Pizza, and Skorich BBQ.  Numerous activities throughout the day included face painting, Moon Walk, Peppi the Clown, and balloon tying while the Pengilly DVD played projected on the big screen at Crossroads Family Church.

On Sunday, August 31, breakfast was provided by the East Side Neighbors' Club and several area churches held special services to commemorate the centennial.  The celebration ended with a Shotgun Golf Tournament at the Swan Lake Country Club; Cribbage Tournament at Mr. Roberts; and a baseball game at the Pengilly Baseball Field.

It was a fantastic celebration, with several years in the making, by the Pengilly Centennial Planning Committee (Jean Centennial Planning CommitteeBlaine, Diane Flug, Nadine Stish, Terri Hedblom, Lois Rantila, Gayle Cline, Molly Randall, Marion Barta, Danna Shofner, Barb Shipka, Shirley Marshall) with tremendous support from the Pengilly Booster Club.  Thank you!



 
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