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Fountain Trail Days continues celebratory tradition


Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Fountain Features

Dairy Princess Attendent Melanie Woods. Photo by Barb Jeffers

By Barb Jeffers

After much question, discussion and anticipation Fountain Trail Days once again took place on June 8 and 9, 2013. After the town celebration in 2012 the fate of Trail Days seemed to be in limbo, but area residents have given the celebration new life.

Headed by Chuck Johnson, President of Root River State Bank of Chatfield, Minn. and the First State Bank of Fountain, Minn. and the staff of the First State Bank of Fountain, a committee of volunteers was formed to carry on the Trail Days events.

The committee became larger as residents of Fountain volunteered to lend a hand. Working together they quickly added items to the event schedule. Many stepped forward to take on specific tasks and find additional volunteers to work over the weekend. The end result was a celebration full of community spirit, fun events, and many memories.

The weekend got off to a running start with the Milk Fun(d) Run organized by Mike and Margaret Johnson of the Johnson Trailside Holstein Farm with help from friends and family and donations from many charitable sponsors.

The 2.5 mile run started at the Root River Trail Head in Fountain and ended at the Johnsons Farm. According to Mike Johnson, approximately one hundred people participated in the run. The purpose of the Milk Fun(d) Run was held to raise money for the Milk Fund at Fillmore Central Schools. The Milk Fun(d) is available so that all students have the opportunity to have milk during their milk break at school. The Milk Fund Run raised over $2,100.00 so far with donations still coming in.

Mike Johnson indicated, “This year the proceeds will all go to the Fillmore Central School.” He added that if their needs are met, and if another run is held next year, the proceeds may go to other schools as well. As far as having a 2nd Annual Milk Fund Run next year, the Johnson family will have to discuss that.

Area residents were not the only participants in the run. The Ferrie Family, which includes parents Pat and Kathrine and their children 16 year old Matthew, 14 year old Sydney, and 12 year old CJ, made the drive from Cresco, Iowa to be involved. Sydney won first place in the female 12 and up category and was very excited. Kathrine learned of the run on the Cresco Get Fit club’s Facebook page and thought it was something they could do as a family.

Once the participants completed the run and arrived at the Johnson farm, they enjoyed bagels, bananas, ice cream and chocolate milk. Melanie Woods, Dairy Princess Attendant, served the ice cream for the participants. Wagon ride tours of the farm were available as well as shuttle rides back to Fountain for those who wanted to take advantage of a ride back to town.

Everyone who participated in the Milk Fun(d) Run had an enjoyable time getting exercise for a great cause. And for the volunteers and sponsors of the event their time and effort made for an event to remember and a “cause” to possibly continue.

Results of the Milk Fun(d) Run were as follows:

• Men’s Division - Alec Ille, age 14, time - 13:24

• Boy’s Division - Isaac Ille, age 12, time - 18:06

• Women’s Division - Sydney Ferrie, age 14. time - 18:30

• Girl’s Division - Emma Young, age 8, time - 22:46

The children’s game began at 3:00 pm on Saturday with a sea of children excitedly hopping from game to game and collecting their prizes. The Fountain Fire Department and their families sponsored and volunteered their time for the games, and they had many activities for the children to choose from including a duck pluck, face painting, ring toss and more.

The Children’s Coin Dig, also sponsored by the Fountain Fire Department, was a huge hit with the kids. The excitement grew as the time neared for the younger children to start digging. Once they got the go ahead, the children, some with help from their parents, found chips which were turned in for quarters.

The older children required no help from parents tearing through the pebbles with their hands acting as small rakes. Once the time had run out, many children could be seen running to find their parents to show them their rewards.

Richard’s Pump Service of Fountain sponsored a dunk tank with several people daring enough to be dunked. Some adults were just as eager as the children to send them into the water. All volunteers who sat in the dunk tank took it all in stride, even coaxing the ball throwers.

There were also games for adults including two bean bag tournaments. One tournament was a “draw your partner” tournament and the other was a “best tosser” tournament. Five teams competed against each other and loud cheers could be heard when someone made an unbelievable shot or totally missed.

Steve Arnold and Walter Bradley entertained a crowd in one of the park shelters, which Herman’s Standard of Fountain sponsored. Audience members could be seen singing along and tapping their feet to their favorite songs.

The kids ballgame began at 4:30 pm with energy-filled children playing hard while having fun. One-by-one the young batters stepped up to the plate and gave it their all. The children were good sports and all shook hands when the game ended.

The Farmers and Merchants ball game was a huge “hit” with different unorthodox rules for each inning. Some of these rules included running the bases backwards, wearing a costume to bat, and spinning around three times before batting off of a tee. The audience broke out in laughter many times during the game, and the players put on a great show during the ball game.

During the Farmers and Merchants game there were many, many prizes handed out to those who had purchased raffle tickets. Approximately one thousand dollars worth of prizes was donated by generous area residents and businesses.

There was no shortage of food, beverages, and treats for attendees of Fountain Trail Days. Some of the tasty offerings included pork burgers by the Fillmore County Pork Producers which were so popular they sold out. Other food available were brats, hot dogs, chips, pizza from the Village Square, and popcorn.

Stephas Plumbing and Heating and GP Truck Painting sponsored a bike giveaway with one girls bike and one boys bike to be given to two lucky winners. Two children from the same family were the lucky winners. Ariana Huntington won the girls bike and her brother Jaxson Huntington won the boys bike. Ariana and Jaxson are the children of Troy and Angie Huntington of Lanesboro, Minn. They were both very happy and ran over to pick up their new bikes with smiles from ear to ear.

Another highlight of this year’s Trail Days celebration was a concert by Brad Boice. The Community Center was overflowing with fans looking forward to a night of excellent entertainment, and they were not disappointed. The event was sponsored by The First State Bank of Fountain and the Root River State Bank of Chatfield. The concert was free of charge with a suggestion of a donation. Brad Boice performed two one-hour shows with the first being “A Toast to the Classics,” which included many songs people consider their all-time favorites.

Following the first show Brad announced he was going to “go find Elvis” which brought screams from the ladies in the crowd. After a brief intermission “Elvis” appeared and belted out his biggest hits. Brad Boice, Elvis Tribute Artist, puts on a terrific show not only because of his fantastic singing ability, but also due to the fact that he seems to be able to recognize every single person in the audience. He also has a great sense of humor.

Following the Brad Boice performance there was karaoke in the city park shelter. Finseth Milk Hauling sponsored Brandon Hanson’s Spindrive. Even though the night was rainy, the people who were under the shelter had a great time singing and dancing until midnight.

A Community Church Service was held Sunday morning at the Fountain Lutheran Church with many people attending. After the church service many residents went to the Pancake Breakfast at the Community Center. The hot breakfast hit the spot for many feeling hungry after a long, fun-filled day on Saturday.

Due to the threat of rain the Classic Tractor Drive was postponed and will be held in July or August. However, the tractor pull was held as scheduled with a good sized crowd watching and cheering on their favorite pullers. The Tractor Pull was sponsored by Ken Koch, John Sveen, and Ron Reisner, all of Fountain. A large amount of work was involved in putting on the tractor pull, which the fans appreciate and look forward to each year. During the tractor pull the Fountain LYO sold brats and other food across the street at the Fire Hall enabling many to get a hot meal while watching the Tractor Pull.

The Trail Days committee would like to say a huge “Thank You” to all who volunteered, donated time, materials, and money, or helped in any way with the celebration. Additionally, thank you to everyone who attended Trail Days 2013 to make the weekend so enjoyable.

The Tuesday following Trail Days the committee met to discuss how the events of the weekend were received and all members present agreed that Trail Days 2013 was a success worth building on. Look forward to Trail Days 2014 as the planning has already begun!

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