The Unicorn Award

 

Recipients have participated as entertainers a minimum of 10 years. Given to those people whose talent and love of performing personify the magic of Festival. Who, with their special gifts continue to ensure the artistic quality of the festival year in, year out, and all year ‘round.

Pictures of the awards located at the page’s bottom.

Unicorn Recipients, 1981 – 2016:

1981

  • David Bryce
  • Sara Fenn
  • Fran Fignar
  • Carr Hagerman
  • George Hermann
  • Bill Lochen
  • MN Morris Dancers
  • Gary Parker
  • Ruth Replogle

1984

  • Terrence Foy
  • Michael Hennessey
  • Joe Kudla
  • Mark Sieve

1988

  • Lloyd Brant
  • Elizabethan Syngers
  • Marilyn Hagerman
  • William Lauder
  • Brian Murphy
  • William Peltzman, Sr.
  • Royal Strings
  • Tim Ruedy
  • Steven Schoenbohm
  • Bill Walsh
  • Elise Walsh

1989

  • Kelle Geise
  • Tom Klein
  • Les Chanteurs de la Rose
  • Jac Kevin Martins
  • Royal Scottish Country Dancers
  • Chris Ward
  • Martha Woofter

1990

  • Mary Bujold
  • Casey Franklin
  • Ken Larson
  • Hazen Markoe
  • Harold “Mac” McMillen
  • Mark Pilon
  • Gerald Saetveit
  • Linda Sparling
  • Jon Wee
  • Steve Wilson

1991

  • Brian Bram
  • Julia C. Fuller
  • Bob Hafeman
  • Todd Key
  • B.J. Kobett
  • Don Lemmerman
  • F.J. Lulling
  • Todd Menton
  • Walter Napiorkowski
  • Jason Parker
  • SAK Theatre
  • Kimberly Smith
  • James Swanson
  • Jim Van Hook

1992

  • Crist Ballas
  • Tom Hendricks
  • Heidi Klima
  • Jay William Koelsch
  • Michael Madden

1993

  • Robert E. Anderson
  • Vic Blackledge
  • Anna Bliss
  • Jim Bottom Sr.
  • John Karger
  • Arthur Knowles
  • Anjila Kozel
  • Laura Lochen
  • John Sjogren
  • Gaylord T. Stauffer
  • Mark D. Sterling
  • Ed Stern

1994

  • Tanya Brody
  • John Eisner
  • Sylvia Langworthy
  • Michael Matheny
  • Christopher Michela

1995

  • Cynthia Ahlquist
  • Jeff Bertilson
  • Stephanie Brady
  • Jim Cunningham
  • Kerry Kerl
  • D’lis A. Schmidt
  • Richard A. Shepardson
  • Lue Vraa
  • Tim Wick

1996

  • Robert Alexander
  • Rosie Cole
  • Scott E. Murray
  • John Neitz
  • Brad Peterson
  • Mikael Rudolph
  • Lojo (Lori) Russo
  • Loretta Simonet
  • Curtis Teague
  • Bill Wiard
  • James C. Zappa, Jr.

1997

  • Mike Borka
  • Steven Brust
  • Gretchen Curtner
  • Lorraine Garland
  • Wayne J. Grimmer
  • Kristin Hawbaker
  • Bob Hirte
  • Jeffrey Larson
  • Michael Ritchie
  • Lisa Severson
  • Amy Spears

1998

  • John Behr
  • Stephanie Brody
  • Pat Fischer
  • Mike Grogan
  • Jeffrey A. Kasper
  • Anna Kobett
  • Jason LeMay
  • Michael P. Lunzer Jr.
  • Joseph E. Smith
  • Mary Sterling
  • Markus Volimas

1999

  • Jeff Cahill
  • Arsene Dupin
  • Eric Knight
  • Christina Neitz
  • Mary Rohe
  • John Rupkey
  • Jill Stanton
  • Errol H. (Skip) Stiff
  • Kim Swanson
  • Paul West
  • Alicia Wold
  • Brent Wold

2000

  • JoAnn Chase
  • Lu Christoph
  • John Gladman
  • Andrew J. Ives
  • Greg Michnay
  • Chuck Nastrom
  • Rudd Rayfield
  • Paul Regge
  • Guinevere G. Somdahl
  • Diana Steben
  • Lee Walker
  • Patricia Wick
  • Alfred Wolfram
  • Gary Zielinski

2001

  • Todd-Michael Breer
  • Dane Breimhorst
  • Janet Cardle
  • Barbara Everson
  • Erin Kasper
  • Garry Kopp
  • Scott Livingston
  • B.J. Palashewski
  • Donald Preston
  • Mark Vincent Raigna
  • David Williams
  • Dayna Jean Wolter

2002

  • Kelley Bailey
  • Dana Baird
  • Judy Blythe
  • Doug Bradley
  • Lolly Foy
  • George Grubb
  • Dee Lorilee Johnston
  • Greg Marchand
  • Butch Roy
  • Pat Ryan
  • Gary Schulte
  • Keith Spears

2003

  • Kirk Bachler
  • Carolyn Boulay
  • Margaret Conner-Messer
  • Randall Davidson
  • David DuBois
  • Ted Hodapp
  • Larry Klueh
  • Judy MacGibbon
  • Eric R. Nelson
  • Christine Onusko
  • Leif Peterson
  • Christopher Winter-Ritt

2004

  • Tom Barnes
  • Eric Breece
  • Meghan Brunner
  • Tim Dennis
  • Reid Hegland
  • Annette Hunt
  • Anita Kelling
  • Corey Lerbs
  • Stephen Miller
  • Derek Phillips
  • Luis N Rosa
  • Stephen J. Wilson

2005

  • Eric Clark
  • James Green
  • Dan Hasselius
  • Michael Heck
  • Dan Kujawski
  • Kelly Larson
  • Marianne Lerbs
  • Bill Peltzman, Jr.
  • Chris Peterson
  • David Potter
  • Craig Smith
  • Steven West

2006

  • Sam Choo
  • Lori Dahlstrom
  • Gregory de Danann
  • Randy Everson
  • Kirstin Lunzer
  • Laszlo Nemesi, III
  • Eric Neuville
  • Scott Alan Peterson
  • Jules Raberding
  • David Rutledge
  • Lindsay Weiler
  • Jennifer Zalar

2007

  • Suze Becker
  • Stan Bookout
  • Valerie Cramer-Brugman
  • Andrew Erlanson
  • Jay Hatch
  • Angelique Montag
  • Ashley Nave
  • Dan Patton
  • Laura Lynn Rose
  • Frank Runyon
  • Ishmael Williams

2008

  • Corey de Danann
  • Barbara Friebe
  • Tomas Goodlaxson
  • Scott Lund
  • Minrod Mier
  • Anthony G. Miller
  • Andrew Sponsler
  • Rachael Sterling
  • Raederle Sterling

2009

  • Ronald J. Bauman
  • Temple Blackwood
  • Matt Eppleheimer
  • Damon Erickson
  • Lara Friedman-Shedlov
  • Jef Hall
  • Bradley R. Kirchmann
  • Sean Monaghan
  • Deborah Mullen
  • Ronald (Riki) Robinson

2010

  • Bryan Griffith
  • Missy Iverson
  • Mark Lazarchic
  • Jim Leedham
  • David Nordrum
  • Jennifer Peck
  • David Pipho
  • Debbie Robie
  • Becca Shaffner
  • Jim Stone

2011

  • Lori Baerg
  • Linda Clayton
  • Chris Hudzinski
  • Deane Laseter
  • Chris Meis
  • Nan Miller
  • Mary Ellen Weber

2012

  • Theodore Anderson
  • Greg Arnold
  • Julie Bailey
  • Kathy Gfeller
  • Greg Grandprey
  • Kim Grandprey
  • Brian Kisch
  • Teresa Meis
  • Jeff Neppl
  • Marc Scovill

2013

  • Matt Allex
  • Gordon Boudreau
  • Kevin Caufield
  • Seth Goodlaxson
  • Dara Grimmer
  • Trevor Hartman
  • Peggy Larson
  • Erin Nelson
  • Chris Olsen
  • Molly Zupon

2014

  • Chad Dutton
  • Eric Lee
  • Janet McKernan
  • Stuart McKernan
  • Stephen Spaise

2015

  • Tom Bliese
  • Eric Dam
  • Katrina Dam
  • Amanda Celeste Jaeger
  • Stephanie Kirchmann
  • Jennifer Merry

2016

  • Joel Allard
  • William Bradshaw
  • Rachael Salisbury Dimba
  • Jim Hughes
  • Garry Hughes
  • Salsa Sterling

2017

  • Charles Knutson
  • Laurie Richardson Sweep
  • Katy Alex Solko
  • Peter Buckholtz
  • Matthew Ledder

 

Pictures of the Awards:

There have been several incarnations of the loot associated with the Unicorn Award. I’m attempting to get a picture of each. If you can contribute, please contact me on Facebook.

  • Leather Framed Photo Unicorn
    Years 1981-1984


(award pictured: Bill Lochen, 1981)

  • Wooden Mirror With Unicorn Coin
    Years 1988-1990


(award pictured: Ken Larson, 1990)

  • Vertical Mirror With Laser-Etched Unicorn
    Years 1991-1996


(award pictured: Tim Wick, 1995)

  • Horizontal Mirror With Laser-Etched Unicorn
    Years 1997-2007


(award pictured: Dee Johnston, 2002)

  • Framed Black & White Unicorn Print
    Years 2008-2016
  • Horizontal Mirror With Bust of Laser-Etched Unicorn
  • Years 2017-current