Remembering the first Waterama
It’s 1956, the year of the first Waterama festival.
The late Jim Stradtman, well-known local businessman and pharmacist, was working at Corner Drug, and it was there that he was approached for ideas starting a new water festival for the town.
“Jim had a friend in Detroit Lakes, and they had a water festival, so they would go up to visit him and talk about different ideas for a festival in Glenwood,” said Marian Stradtman. Marian Stradtman, who continues to live in Glenwood, was 25 years old when she and her husband, Jim, moved to Glenwood. She talked this week about some of her memories from the first years of Waterama. read entire story. . . .