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Please pass the Pea Soup

Bass Lake Cheese Factory got into the spirit of summer fun with its costumes at Saturday’s Pea Soup Days parade. (From left) Cow No. 1 Kody Sorum, cheese wedge Erica Johnson, helper Sidney Martinsen-Holt and Cow No. 2 Sarah Martinsen. (Photo by Sarah Young) 1 / 23
This group of youngsters eagerly awaits the floats and groups coming down Spring Street in Somerset during Saturday’s Pea Soup Days parade. (Photo by Sarah Young) 2 / 23
These cheery tots smile for their families as they begin their ride at the Pea Soup Days carnival in Village Park on Saturday afternoon. (Photo by Sarah Young) 3 / 23
Henry Christensen enjoyed his train ride while his family looked on at the Pea Soup Days carnival on Saturday, June 7. (Photo by Sarah Young)4 / 23
This little one savors a cheese curd, a must-have carnival treat, on Saturday afternoon in Village Park. (Photo by Sarah Young) 5 / 23
One of the Bass Lake Cheese Factory cows says hi to the dog riding in the Bass Lake Cheese Factory truck at the Pea Soup Days Parade on Saturday, June 7. (Photo by Sarah Young)6 / 23
Kody Sorum and Sarah Martinsen of the Bass Lake Cheese Factory playfully spar in their cow costumes as they wait for Saturday’s Pea Soup Days parade to start after a two-hour delay. (Photo by Sarah Young) 7 / 23
Members of Somerset American Legion Post 111 lead Saturday’s Pea Soup Days parade, which had a decent turnout despite pouring rain earlier in the day that caused the parade to be delayed two hours. (Photo by Sarah Young) 8 / 23
Little Hazel was raking in the loot at the Pea Soup Days parade on Saturday, June 7. (Photo by Sarah Young) 9 / 23
(From left) Jeanne Germain, who wrote the clues for the inaugural Pea Soup Days medallion hunt; Amanda Johnson of Somerset, who found the medallion in Village Park under a grill in a Holiday coffee cup; Somerset Police Chief Doug Briggs; and Pea Soup Days committee chair David Bracht. Johnson was presented $250 Saturday night on the band stage. (Photo by Sarah Young) 10 / 23
Somerset Middle School choir students, along with teacher Rachel Erickson, braved the drizzle Saturday afternoon as they rode in the Pea Soup Days parade. The rain delayed the parade for two hours. No bands marched in the parade for fear of water damage to the instruments. (Photo by Sarah Young) 11 / 23
Coleen (left) and Chelsea Hall of Somerset thought the windy, rainy weather Saturday afternoon was the perfect excuse to try some pea soup, which was made by area Boy Scouts this year. The Boy Scouts were also collecting food for the Grace Place food shelf and hoped to fill their trailer. (Photo by Sarah Young) 12 / 23
The Pea Soup banner in the Boy Scouts stand in Village Park. (Photo by Sarah Young) 13 / 23
Five-year-old Callie Gerbig (left) was unimpressed with the weather before the Pea Soup Days parade as she waited for it to start on Sunrise Drive with Addie Gerbig. She was protecting her ears from the Somerset Fire/Rescue truck’s blasting horn. (Photo by Sarah Young) 14 / 23
Somerset Middle School principal Sara Eichten crosses her fingers atop the dunk tank at the Pea Soup Days carnival as her father takes aim at the magic trigger. She had already been dunked once that afternoon. (Photo by Sarah Young) 15 / 23
St. Anne Catholic School students wave to the crowd along Spring Street during the Pea Soup Days parade Saturday, June 7. (Photo by Sarah Young) 16 / 23
The band Sunday’s Regret entertained Pea Soup Days attendees Saturday night in Somerset’s Village Park. (Photo by Sarah Young) 17 / 23
Area fire departments battled it out with members of Somerset Fire/Rescue at the water fights on Spring Street Saturday afternoon. New Richmond took top honors, with Deer Park placing second and Roberts/Warren securing third. (Photo by Sarah Young) 18 / 23
The Somerset wrestling program had a booth at the carnival where people could buy steak on a stick, pork chops and hamburgers. (Photo by Sarah Young) 19 / 23
Rick Colbeth (left) and his son Cade Colbeth negotiate the rapids just before the finish line of the inaugural Pea Soup Days River Race on Sunday, June 8. The race ran on the Apple River from River’s Edge to Village Park. (Photo by Micheal Foley) 20 / 23
Lorri Baillargeon holds on for dear life as her canoe is jostled about in the rapids just before the finish line during the inaugural Pea Soup Days River Race on Sunday, June 8. Proceeds from the race benefited the Somerset Public Library. (Photo by Micheal Foley) 21 / 23
Josh Hecht uses his paddle for balance as his kayak rushes through the rapids on the Apple River just before reaching the finish line of the inaugural Pea Soup Days River Race on Sunday, June 8. The event drew 16 people and 12 entrants in its first year. (Photo by Micheal Foley) 22 / 23
Gary Martell paddles his kayak ashore just after negotiating the Apple River rapids and crossing the finish line of the inaugural Pea Soup Days River Race on Sunday, June 8. The event raised $170 for the Somerset Public Library. (Photo by Micheal Foley) 23 / 23

This year’s Pea Soup Days festivities kicked off Thursday, June 5, and wrapped up Sunday, June 8. This year’s event was a collaboration among the Somerset Chamber of Commerce, the Somerset Lions Club and Somerset Fire/Rescue.

Despite the rainy weather and the parade being delayed two hours, hundreds of people turned out for the celebration. Highlights included the festival's namesake being made by the Boy Scouts, the first ever Pea Soup Medallion Hunt, the first ever River Race, live music, the carnival, parade, pancake breakfasts at the fire hall, the Lions Club golf tournament, softball tournaments and fire department water fights.

Sarah Young

Sarah Young was appointed the editor of the Pierce County Herald in February 2015. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, where she covered community events, spot news and education in Hammond, Roberts, Somerset and St. Croix County Circuit Court. Previously she free-lanced for the River Falls Journal, Hudson Star-Observer, RiverTown special publications and the Superior Catholic Herald. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. 

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