Jay Selthofner and his family

Golden Days Harvest Fest Parade in Green Lake yields high rewards for Selthofner


Green Lake's Golden Days Harvest Fest
Green Lake's Golden Days Harvest Fest

By now we are used to seeing Jay Selthofner in the newspaper and various parades as he campaigns for Wisconsin State Assembly in District 41.  The recent Golden Days Harvest Fest Parade contained an unusual twist and opportunity as Jay headed out on the campaign trail.   The parade on Saturday, September 25th, 2010 in Green Lake, Wisconsin had an entry by the Friends of Jay Selthofner for Wisconsin State Assembly.  The parade season has been exciting to say the least, from beginning to end.

Jay Selthofner and his family
Jay Selthofner and his family

The first parade in seemed to shock and awe Markesan residents. This parade, held during June Dairy Days, is one of the longest parade routes and largest number of parade entries.  Friends of Selthofner ended up making farming in Markesan much more mellow with help from statewide marijuana activists.  Selthofner has made repeat visits to Markesan, home of incumbent Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan).  Augustfest featured Selthofner as a “butter babe”, he was the only state level candidate to turn up at the annual event, and a tremendous amount of support and a great deal of fun was found in Markesan.

Campaign Pin
Campaign Pin

Throughout the parade season, the Friends of Jay that showed up to march each time grew just as support for his campaign was growing.  One of the young man’s campaign slogan’s “Let’s get growing” could be heard being yelled from the crowd as the group walked by.  Applause, well wishes, handshakes and pictures are now a common occurrence, with very few refusals of a “marijuana leaf campaign pin”, just another sign marijuana reform is supported by the general public.

Selthofner and Gregg Underheim
Selthofner and Gregg Underheim

Behind the scenes each parade has also played an important opportunity to network and campaign.  Other politicians of course are present, but Selthofner is often greeted and thanked by the business owners and organizations that also have floats and entries in the parade.  Selthofner has not had to be assertive on the issue, as many are glad he is talking about hemp and cannabis with truth, honesty and compassion.  His message is well received.

Essay Contest
Essay Contest

The parade season ended in Selthofner’s home town of Green Lake.  This parade is special to the family of Selthofner.  His daughter Lily, a 3rd grade student at Green Lake Elementary School, entered an essay and poster contest to become “Princess or Prince of the Harvest Fest” during the annual Golden Days Harvest Festival.  The Green Lake Chamber of Commerce posed the question  “What do you like most about Green Lake?” Lily prepared her essay and poster based on her favorite thing, which is the local school.  Her parents, Jay and Narin, stated “she worked hard on it for days: both the idea, and a rough draft of the essay; and she also thought about the overall importance of what happened if she won.  She did a excellent job and won the contest, hopefully a sign of good things to come.”

Poster Contest
Poster Contest
Harvest Fest Princess
Harvest Fest Princess

Lily Selthofner made a festive and active Harvest Fest Princess and was excited that Nathan Schutlz would be the Harvest Fest Prince.  The parade featured the two being treated to a royal car ride, various photo opportunities and an introduction during festival events.

A royal ride
A royal ride

The family had dual entry in the the parade with the Friends of Jay Selthofner.  Supporters must have sensed the importance of the event and over a dozen Friends of Jay Selthofner turned out to walk in the parade.  This record turnout allowed Jay to walk amongst his supporters.  Normally Jay can be found along the parade route shaking hands and talking with folks.  His son Leif also entertained the crowd with his own impromptu parade entry showcasing his “running abilities”.

Kallas for Congress
Kallas for Congress

Even with all of the commotion, Selthofner was able to address his platform, revisit conversations with other candidates he has spoke to in the past, and create new ones with hopefuls he had not yet met.  Of course the parade drew local resident Joe Kallas and his crew.  Joe is from Princeton and is seeking to defeat 31 year veteran Tom Petri.  In past visits with Selthofner,  Joe Kallas has expressed support of marijuana reform and Selthofner’s campaign “to put people back in politics.”  Petri was visible and reported “lurking near the Selthofner campaign”, but between well known Democrat candidate for US Congress Joe Kallas, and a rather unknown Constitution Party candidate for US Senate, Rob Taylor, and Independent State Assembly Candidate Selthofner, the bipartisan group just may have been to much for him to jump into.



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Rob Taylor (US Senate) and Jay Selthofner
Rob Taylor (US Senate) and Jay Selthofner

Rob Taylor on the other hand had a great deal to say to Selthofner on the issue of marijuana reform.  Rob Taylor is running as the candidate for the Constitution Party of Wisconsin and seeking Office of U.S. Senate representing the State of Wisconsin.  Recently Feingold’s other opponent, Ron Johnson stated he was against marijuana legalization and Feingold has been illusive on the issue.  Selthofner had this to say about the meeting “Rob Taylor had some interesting things to say on hemp cannabis reform.  I was actually just on his website the days before the parade and trying to find his stance on the issue, but could not.  It was great to see him in our district at the parade and immediately asked him what he would do about marijuana.  To my surprise Taylor quickly replied ‘eliminate the DEA’.  The conversation led me to believe he (Taylor) has been involved in industrial hemp and medical marijuana reform and I look forward to a more in depth conversation with him on this and other issues.”

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