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May 18, 2009 - Cindy Votruba
It’s been more than a month and a half since I woke up at 4 a.m. for anything, but I did so Saturday morning to get to a tour bus in Willmar by 6 a.m. The destination was Horizon Middle School in Moorhead for the district qualifying contest for barbershop choruses. (Yes, it’s another blog on barbershop...)
I’ve never been to the Fargo/Moorhead area, so it was kind of an adventure for me. We even made a stop in Alexandria to pick up a couple of the Willmar chorus members. Never been to Alexandria, but all we got to see was the Wal-Mart parking lot, plus whatever was surrounding it.
We get to the middle school, home of the fighting Spuds, around 9 a.m. The contest doesn’t start until 11 a.m., so as the little groupie I am, I had to sit in one of the chairs and read, more or less. I was able to finish the book for my book club that Saturday (it was a 390-page book and I was on page 75 at the beginning of the day). There were only five choruses competing that day: a couple from Fargo/Moorhead, one from Fergus Falls, one from Winnepeg and the West Central Connection from Willmar. A few things I noticed: both the Willmar and the Fergus Falls choruses performed “My Wild Irish Rose,” the Winnepeg group mainly wore a variety of vests and looked like it belonged on a riverboat and the bigger chorus from Fargo/Moorhead blew everyone else away. It ended up taking first overall, but Willmar got second and won for its division. All the choruses who competed qualify for the next round of competition, so it was a good day for everyone.
It was six hours total on a bus, but the effort was worth it.
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