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A 75 Year Salute to Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge at the Annual Sumner Wild Goose Festival
Midwest Region, October 20, 2012
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President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, portrayed by Dr. Bruce Brodmerkle, reading the Executive Order that established Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Also pictured are Refuge Manager Steve Whitson and Bob Christensen who was a CCC employee at the refuge in 1938.
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, portrayed by Dr. Bruce Brodmerkle, reading the Executive Order that established Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Also pictured are Refuge Manager Steve Whitson and Bob Christensen who was a CCC employee at the refuge in 1938. - Photo Credit: Caroline Ward/USFWS
The Swan Lake Float won first place in the parade contest.
The Swan Lake Float won first place in the parade contest. - Photo Credit: Caroline Ward/USFWS

People flocked to Sumner, Mo. on October 20, 2012 to participate in the 58th Annual Sumner Wild Goose Festival. Every year, more than 2,500 people travel to the tiny town to walk down the streets, look at various vendor booths, participate in games and events and watch the parade.

This year was special for Swan Lake Refuge because the theme of the Festival was a "75 year salute to Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge." Many of the floats in the parade had “Swan Lake 75 Year Salute” written on them. The refuge had its own float that came in first place in the float competition! The Friends of Swan Lake staffed a booth at the festival where they sold shirts, hoodies and other items and handed out various informational flyers on the refuge and the Friends group itself.

As a special treat, Dr. Bruce Brodmerkle portrayed President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who established Swan Lake Refuge through Executive Order 7563. Brodmerkle, in character as President Roosevelt, read to the crowd of over 2,000 just before the parade. The President rode on the winning refuge float in the parade. Many of the people attending the Festival stopped by the refuge visitor center and explored the refuge itself, which was open to the public throughout the festival thanks to the work campers who volunteered their time and staffed the visitor center. It was another wonderful Wild Goose Festival that was made even more special by celebrating the 75th anniversary of Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

Learn more about Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge by visiting us online: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/swan_lake/


Contact Info: Steve Whitson, 660-856-3323 ext. 13, steve_whitson@fws.gov



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