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Taste of the Trail in Peterson

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in Peterson Features

Beginning Saturday, September 8, eight communities along the Root River State Trail will begin hosting the first ever Taste of the Trail over a three-weekend period. Peterson, one of three communities hosting the first Saturday, is gearing up for the event, holding nothing back. According to organizer Gayle Boyum, Peterson is combining the Taste of the Trail with their theme for last year’s fall festival of Farm Life and Wildlife Along the Root River Trail.

“Peterson will offer a fascinating view of the farm life and wildlife in our region with live country western music, by Highway 30, as your background. There will be farm animals and wildlife, you can tour the Peterson Station Museum, or take a ride in an authentic Amish buggy. And if you’re hungry, we’ll have food, refreshments, and a farmer’s market.”

Again this year, visitors will sample get a free sample of local flavors and beginning at 10am and running through 3pm. Along the trail, delectable tastes will be provided by local favorites Geneva’s Ice Cream Shoppe and Judy’s Country Kitchen. New this year, Whitlock Apiaries will be offering up samples of raw honey and honey comb. To wet your whistle, Chiggy’s Liquor will be hosting a wine and fall beer tasting on their deck, along with samples of lefse.

Next to the newly refurbished bandstand, the Fillmore County Cattlemen will be serving their always popular hamburger, along with chips, pop, and pies from Judy’s, beginning at 11am and until they’re gone. Outside of the Peterson Legion, Chad Rich of award-winning Biggen’s BBQ and Peterson mayor Jennifer Wood will be offering delicious, smoked pork sandwiches from 1:30pm through 7pm

Once you’re belly is full, there’s still plenty to do, for all ages. The Arendahl High-Flyers 4-H Club and Rushford-Peterson FFA will offer an array of animal exhibits and petting zoo, while the Peterson State Fish Hatchery presents fascinating trout tank tours. One major attraction this year, sponsored by Marine Credit Union, is an appearance by Cody the Buffalo of Money Creek Buffalo Ranch. The gentle giant, who always astonishes, will be on hand from 10:30am through 1:30pm.

Another special draw to the event will be JAKES Take Aim, an inflatable trailer and indoor BB gun shooting range. The fully enclosed and noise-free range, the product of the National Wild Turkey Federation and Daisy Outdoor Products, is aimed at promoting hunting heritage, especially among youth. Sponsored by the Peterson Legion and arranged by Roy and Sandy Loken and Dan Book, JAKES Take Aim will be located next to the legion.

Come celebrate a Taste of the Trail, the farm life, and wildlife surrounding this little town with big personality. For more information, visit or

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