Ads in pamphlet for the 1925 Fennia Club Indoor Games - 1
Image credit: above ads images from pamphlet: ""Fennia Club Indoor games - Official Program - At The - Minnesota State Fair Hippodrome - Thursday Evening, April 16, and - Saturday Evening, April 18, 1925""
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Below text credit: article: "Finntown, Minneapolis: An American Neighborhood" by K. Marianne Wargelin: in Fall 1988 issue of 'Hennepin County History' magazine:
- - - - "" ... Through the Fennia Club (a cultural and community support group limited in later years to women), Finntown's second-generation Finnish Americans masterminded a major sporting event for the entire Twin Cities on April 16 and 18, 1925. The Fennia Club Indoor Games were held at the Minnesota State Fair Hippodrome. Young men and women from local high schools and colleges competed in a variety of track events, but the star attraction was Paavo Nurmi, the great Finnish track star who, with Willie Ritola, the equally important but less famous track star, came to the United States to exhibit their Finnish-styly running talents. Even the older Laestadians, who normally would have abstained from such worldly entertainments, were in the stands shouting "Juokse, Paavo, juokse!" ("Run, Paavo, Run!) ... ""
- - - - (above text written by K. Marianne Wargelin, who is now the Honorary Consulate for Finland in Minneapolis, Mn)
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