The Bloomer parade is the perfect end to fair week every year, and every year longtime community supporters are chosen to be parade marshals. The parade marshals for the 2019 Bloomer parade on Sunday, Aug. 4, will be Maurice and Joyce Conrad, long-time Bloomer business people and financial community supporters.
Maurice owned and operated Coon’s Pump and Machine in Bloomer from the late 1960s up until October 2018. He started in the machining business in 1956 working for Moon Machine Works. He later leased the business and then purchased it in the late 1960s and changed the name to Coon’s Pump and Machine.
The Conrads were longtime Bloomer Chamber of Commerce members and financial supporters of the community through their business.
Rod Turner, director of the Bloomer chamber, the Bloomer Industrial Development Corporation, the Bloomer Community Visitors Center and the Bloomer Community Club, said that whenever he called the Conrads for donations, they gave.
Maurice also supported the community through the machine work he did for others.
“Whatever people brought in I did,” said Maurice in a 2018 interview. “I had four men and myself working at one time.”
Over the years Coon’s Pump and Machine also did work for Catalytic Combustion and Nelson Filtration when they were young companies and didn’t have all of the machine tools to do the work in-house.
Over the years Joyce has been active in the community raising four children and volunteering at the MapleWood and now Dove Healthcare nursing homes and St. Paul Lutheran Church.
All four of Joyce and Maurice’s children live in the area: Karla Nelson in Chippewa Falls and Karin Kramschuster, Kim Conrad and Monte Conrad in Bloomer. They also have six grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.
Maurice and Joyce feel honored to be chosen the 2019 Bloomer Fair parade marshals. The parade starts at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4.