Your 2019 Torchlight Parade Marshal – Scott Skogen

Scott Skogen was born at Lutheran Hospital in LaCrosse, WI, in 1964.   He was raised by his parents, Bing and Carolyn Skogen, in Onalaska, WI, where he graduated from Onalaska High School.  He was recruited to play college golf by the University of Mary Hardin Baylor in Belton, Texas, and graduated with a degree in Business Administration.  He received his Master of Divinity degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas.

During his junior year in seminary, Scott returned to North Presbyterian Church in LaCrosse, WI, where he did a year long internship under Rev. Allen Townsend, the 1998 Maple Leaf Parade Marshal.

Following seminary, Scott served First Presbyterian Church in Yorktown, TX, from 1991-2000.  Scott returned to North Presbyterian Church in LaCrosse, WI, in August 2000, and he has been their pastor for the past 19 years.

Scott has coached the Onalaska High School golf team for the last 18 years.  He is active in the community where he leads a variety of worship services at different care facilities, community events and the La Crosse County Jail.

Scott is married to his wife, Debby, and they have two children, Ben and Annie.  Ben is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where he was a member of the Badger Golf Team.  Ben is currently employed by Festival Foods in Onalaska, WI.  Annie is a sophomore at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.  She is studying fashion and recently returned from a successful internship in New York City this past summer.

Scott is proud to represent the North Side.  He feels this award is shared with both his family and church family, for both make it possible for him to serve the community in so many different ways.

Joe Heim & Scott Skogen

Former Torchlight Parade Marshals

YearTorchlight Parade Marshal
1971Vern Bloss*
1972Margaret Niles*
1973Ray Nibbe*
1974Burton Smith*
1975Roscoe Short*
1976Deak Swanson
1977Bob Allen*
1978Wes Denny
1979Lynden Gjerde*
1980Bob McCann*
1981Dave Skogen
1982Howie Birnbaum*
1983Frank Butkovich*
1984Terry Erickson
1985V.A. Krajewski*
1986Robert Gavin*
1987Gerald Besl*
1988Jack Kraft*
1989Mark Doolittle
1990Dick Morkwed*
1991Elwood Harebo
1992Joe Addis*
1993Mary Patros*
1994Ken Garves*
1995Randy Eddy, Sr.
1996Donna Berry*
1997Dave Berger
1998Dick Merfeld
1999Mike Abraham
2000Bud Loomis & Dave Loomis*
2001Ken Wing
2002Terry LaFleur*
2003Merl Strong
2004Joe Maier
2005Arland Peterson
2006Scott Erickson
2007Steven Hole
2008Paul Stuhr
2009Jerry Thompson
2010Bill Bush
2011Paul Borsheim
2012Jane Molstad
2013Patti Lokken
2014Scott Mihalovic
2015Mark Terpstra*
2016Louie Ferris
2017Tim Colgan
2018Chuck Thoftne
* Fondly Remembered

Parade Marshal Nomination

Know Someone that should “Lead the Way?” Nominate a Parade Marshal today using the Parade Marshal nomination form!

Submit your nomination for a 2019 Parade Marshal by completing the online form below.

Your nominee should be a person who:

  • has contributed positively to the good of the community through leadership and outstanding accomplishments;
  • someone of good character that is well-respected;
  • well-known, well-liked, friendly, outgoing, and has a good personality; and
  • lives within 20 miles of La Crosse.
  • Oktoberfest Parade Marshal Nomination

    La Crosse Festivals Inc. (d/b/a Oktoberfest USA) accepts nominations for Parade Marshals through February for the current calendar year.

    If you know an individual who is deserving, involved, and would be a great fit in our community-focused organization, submit your nomination!

    Your nominee should be a person who:
    • has contributed positively to the good of the community through leadership and outstanding accomplishments
    • is someone of good character that is well-respected
    • is married
    • is a resident for at least 10 years within 20 mile radius of La Crosse
    • is actively involved and well-known in La Crosse community
    • is well-known, well-liked, friendly and outgoing • has the time to devote to Oktoberfest activities!

    All entries must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. on March 28, 2019 to be considered. The final selection is made by Parade Marshal Committee. The new Parade Marshals are announced at the Kick-Off Party in September 2019.

    Eligible nominations shall remain active for three years from the date of the original nomination.