Winona State University will welcome The Cal Fremling with a dedication and christening event from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 6, at Levee Park in Winona.
The Cal Fremling, a new state-of-the-art floating interpretive center and classroom that will enable WSU to provide hands-on educational experiences about the Mississippi River, is scheduled to arrive in the Port of Winona at 3 p.m.
A short program featuring Scott Olson, WSU President; Gary Evans, WSU Vice President for University Advancement; Thom Kieffer, WSU Foundation Chair; and Kirsti Hendrickson, Cal & Arlayne Fremling’ s granddaughter, is scheduled, followed by the official christening and a ribbon cutting with the Winona Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors.
The event is free and open to the public.
Highlights include tours of The Cal Fremling; free Lakeview Drive Inn root beer floats, served in a commemorative Cal Fremling plastic cup; live music by Turkey Creek; interactive activities with U.S. Fish and Wildlife; a live eagle from the National Eagle Center in Wabasha; and information from Visit Winona and Izaak Walton League. Copies of Fremling’s book, The Immortal River, will be available for purchase.