The show will go on at Ridge and Valley Rally
Seneca will host its annual Ridge and Valley Rally Saturday, July 13. Though the morning parade has been canceled due to the closure of Highway 35 from flood damage and the detour route traveling along Highway 27, the remainder of the events will go on as planned.
The day will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a 5K/10K Walk-Run. Registration is at 7 a.m. Little League games will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Event-goers can enjoy a smoked pork chop dinner from noon to 2 p.m. and a pie auction at 1 p.m. An antique tractor pull will also keep visitors busy, beginning at 1 p.m. Euchre and bean bag tournaments will start at 4 p.m. A volleyball tournament, horseshoe tournament and kids games are also planned Saturday.
The night will end with DJ Slam providing music from 7 p.m. to midnight. All day, there will be a food and beer stand on the grounds.
The dinner and other events will take place at the Town Hall, located off Taylor Ridge Road, east of Highway 27.
Though the state has revoked the community’s permit to have its parade, and the Ridge and Valley Ralley King and Queen would have been formally honored with a cruise through the parade route, a husband and wife duo will still being recognized as royalty.
Harold and Barbara Schroeder, of Seneca, were chosen by the Seneca Community Club as this year’s king and queen. They retired in the area from Oak Creek in August of 1996. Harold drove semi for Advance Transportation/ANR Advance Transportation for 31 years and Barbara was a business administrator for St. Matthew Catholic Church in Oak Creek, where they were members for 32 years. Barbara was certified as a lay minister from St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee in 1992.
Harold became acquainted with the ridge and valley area when making grocery deliveries for Proctor and Gamble in southwest Wisconsin, specifically Johnson’s One Stop.
The Schroeders have hunting land above DeSoto, which is part of the reason why they chose this area for retirement.
For the last 17 years, the couple has been active in the community through both St. Patrick and St. Mary (Gays Mills) parishes and the Seneca Community Club. Recently, Harold was a member of the Seneca School Board for two terms. He was president of the Seneca Lion’s Club last year and holds other positions. Both he and Barb work the summer baseball Lion’s concession stand, at other Lion’s events and started the winter Game Dinner in 2005. Harold is a board member of the Seneca Sanitary and Ridge and Valley Clean Water Commissions.
Harold presently works at 3M in Prairie du Chien in the “899 program” and Barbara is a jewelry adviser for Lia Sophia. Harold is an avid vegetable gardener and helps Barb with the flower gardens around their home on Seneca Heights Avenue. They have four married children who live on the east side of the state, 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, with another expected in December.