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Diana Gerry and her husband, Harold "China" Gerry," hold the scroll she received when she was named "Princess of Knowledge" for the 1950 winter carnival in St. Paul Park and Newport. The Gerrys live in St. Paul Park.

St. Paul Park, Newport residents remember their own winter carnival

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There was an ice palace, a festive parade, drum and bugle corps, a royalty court with a king and queen and bevy of princesses. There even was a ragtag crew of Vulcans.

St. Paul has its annual winter carnival, but six decades ago civic boosters from St. Paul Park and Newport brought a similar mid-winter celebration to south Washington County. The small-town carnivals of 1949 and 1950 were scaled-back versions of the saintly city's big-time festival.

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Scott Wente
Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
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