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Fountain has a reason to celebrate

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
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By Barb Jeffers

On Tuesday, March 5, 2013, twenty-five people gathered at the Community Center in Fountain, Minn. to discuss the fate of the town’s annual celebration, “Trail Days.” The purpose of the meeting was to decide whether there was enough interest by the community to continue the summer celebration.

Discussions were held regarding past Trail Days events and other celebrations that were held many years ago. Most people in attendance agreed that a celebration should be held to show appreciation for the town of Fountain.

A second meeting was held on Tuesday, March 19 at the Community Center with approximately 25 persons attending this meeting as well. Thanks to this dedicated group it seems the town of Fountain will have a town celebration again in 2013. The celebration will be held June 8 and 9.

The First State Bank of Fountain has agreed to co-ordinate with planning the celebration and work with the Chairperson of each event.

At the March 19 meeting Chuck Johnson accepted the title of Chairman for the planning committee. There is an ongoing discussion as to whether to re-name the celebration from “Trail Days” to something different mostly due to the fact that there is another event involving the Root River Trail in September of each year. Some ideas for the name of the town celebration were brought to the table and hopefully a decision will be made in this regard at the next meeting.

Many possible events and activities were discussed. There will be games for the kids including a coin dig. A Farmers and Merchants Ball Game will be held and once players arms are warmed up they will be sure to visit the Dunk Tank that will be sponsored by Richard’s Pump Service of Fountain. Ken Koch announced that he is sponsoring a Tractor Pull on Sunday, June 9 which is always a popular event. The First State Bank of Fountain will be sponsoring “Elvis” impersonator Brad Boice, in a two hour concert on Saturday. Other events include a pancake breakfast, an Ecumenical Church Service, and a bean bag toss tournament with other possible events still being decided upon. It is unknown whether there will be a parade at this point.

The City of Fountain was founded in 1869. In 2019 the town will celebrate its 150th Anniversary and the hope is to raise enough funds through the town celebration in the next six years to fund a larger celebration in 2019.

The Committee is in need of additional members who can bring their ideas and enthusiasm to the next meeting which will be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fountain Community Center. The hope is that area residents and businesses will join together to make the celebration an annual event for area residents and families to enjoy for many years to come. More information on the celebration will be announced in the near future.

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