Discover Victoria Day ~ 2013

It was raining all morning and it was sunny that afternoon of Saturday, May 18th.  Indoors at the Recreation Center it scarcely mattered.  Does rain bring people to an indoor event?  Does sun keep families home working in the yard?  In any case, the parking lot was full, with most of the cars belonging to hockey and exercise people, but business people and vendors still had big smiles.

Michell and Roger Hammers parked their Party Pizza business near the front door of the Rec Center (when the sun came out) and gave pizza to all who stopped by to say hi.  Mmmmmm.

Joey is a miniature horse (a Half Pint) who is 23 inches high and weighs 75 pounds.

This is the first sheet of ice constructed at the Victoria Field House (recently renamed the Victoria Recreation Center).  The place celebrated its Ten Year Anniversary jointly with the Discover Victoria Day this year.  A walking track surrounds the arena and is free to the public and will keep you cool as you burn calories.

Some of the patrons at the Rec Center that morning were working hard in the exercise room.

And smiling too as my camera pointed in their direction — with their approval.

Carver County Commissioner Randy Maluchnik is a promoter of the county and the people of Victoria.

Chief Andrew Heger and Firefighter Kari Nordeen reminded people of the upcoming Centennial Celebration of the Victoria Fire Department.  See you all there.

Steve Schmieg, selling townhomes at Madelyn Creek, said more one-level floor plans are on the drawing board for the popular development just east of downtown Victoria.

Barbara Jo, manager at the Victoria House, showcased their new gluten free menu.

Co-founder Dan Norton said ENKI Brewing should be opening at the downtown Creamery in July 2013.

Nearly 100% of photos pinned on the giant display board created by Victoria Lions to promote their club were taken by Sue Orsen and appeared in various issues of the Gazette.  They call it the Wall of Fame.

Joan Geske and Pastor Brian Dixon of the Moravian Church of Lake Auburn gave greetings and gifts.

Steve Ische, owner of Premier Land Surveying, exhibited old and new technologies.

Formerly a city engineer, Al Orsen is familiar with the equipment old and new.

The little horse is always a hit with little people.

Happy Anniversary, Victoria Recreation Center.  You’ve come a long way, Baby.