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Maypole celebration revived

To commemorate Minot State University’s Centennial, the “Les Salute,” “Maypole” and “Mix It Up” dances will be performed by Minot State students in colorful Maypole style May 1 in the Old Main ellipse at 2 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the festivities will move to the Dome.

“This is such a fun, historical event that has not been celebrated in decades,” said Teresa Loftesnes, marketing director. “Decades ago, hundreds of people from across the state would attend. We want to bring that excitement back while we commemorate our Centennial celebration.”

The first Maypole celebration was held in May of 1915. Arthur Crane, MSU’s first president, presided over the festival which welcomed spring. This year, Bishop Ryan elementary school children will join Terry Eckmann’s Social Dance class in re-enacting the traditional Maypole Dance. May Day baskets will be distributed and a Centennial burr oak tree planting ceremony will follow the dances. The event will last approximately 30 minutes and the public is invited to park in the Old Main loop. For more information, contact Loftesnes at 858-3062 or teresa.loftesnes@minotstateu.edu.

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