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Rushford Days 2013 was “the place to be seen” last week

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

By Barb Jeffers

The City of Rushford, Minn. was definitely the place to be seen the week of July 15-23, 2013 for a person looking for a good time. The week began with the Queen Pageant in the high school gymnasium on Monday, July 15. The results of the pageant were: Little Miss - Makenzie Knutson, Runners up - Hannah Highum and Annika Bakkum-Ekern. Queen - Mariah Olson, Attendants - Hunter Dunbar, Hailey Atkinson, and Leah Leisen. On Tuesday a Teen Swim was held at the Aquatic Center for the younger residents to get together and have some fun.

Wednesday brought the Car Cruise Night with fancy cars of different varieties out on the road. Also on Wednesday was the Rushford Peterson Valley Farmers Market at Creekside park. While parents chose their favorite fresh products and listened to music, the children could visit the petting zoo.

A wine tasting, sponsored by the American Legion, took place on Thursday at the American Legion while the kids cut loose at the Teen Dance at the Fest Tent.

Things started gearing up for a busy weekend on Friday with the Food Vendors selling their goodies on the Fest Grounds. The Bingo Tent was a popular place on Friday with Brenda O’Hare doing a great job of calling numbers and waiting to hear “Bingo!” from the players.

The Fest Grounds were full of people going in all different directions to the various events on Friday including Pony Rides which children enjoyed. Mutton Bustin had a large crowd watching as the children tried to stay on the sheep as long as they could possibly hold on. There were two groups one being ages four and five years olds and the second being six and seven year olds.

A few of the children had second thoughts and decided maybe next year as they climbed off the sheep and back to their parents with the crowd giving them each a round of applause for their attempts. Every child who participated received a ribbon and a bandana. The top three finishers in each category received plaques and were invited to ride in the parade on Saturday. “Moose” Hagedorn, who organized the Mutton Bustin event did a great job and provided an entertaining evening for many families. Helping “Moose” corral the sheep coming out of the gate was Bruce Nelson of Wykoff, Minn. These two men sometimes had trouble keeping a hold of the quick animals but seemed to be enjoying every minute of it.

Before the Mutton Bustin event had ended there were squealing noises coming from the Burn Out that was taking place. Smoke rose higher and higher as the vehicles and one motorcycle took their turns laying rubber. The crowd watching reacted to their favorite drivers with yells and screams. Friday night ended with a dance at the Fest Tent with music by Pastel Black.

A new event this year, a 5K Run/Walk sponsored by the Rushford Operation Christmas Child Group, kicked off Saturday, July 20, with the registration for the event at 7 a.m. and beginning at 8 a.m. A Fly-In and plane rides were available at the airport Saturday morning for the daredevils. A pancake breakfast was held at the Masonic Lodge to give area residents a hot and healthy start to their day.

Many activities throughout the day kept everyone busy choosing their favorite things to do between a Softball Tournament, a basketball competition, photo contest, and a Minnesota State Sanctioned Pedal Tractor Pull. A new event this year, sponsored by Rush Creek Longbeards, a local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, was JAKES TAKE AIM (BB Gun Range) to introduce children to shooting or to show off the skills they have already learned.

A Tractor Pull was held at the Fest Grounds at noon on Saturday for residents and visitors of all ages to enjoy. There were games for children and adults as well including various children’s games and Bingo for adults. Last Call Meldahl DJ/Karaoke entertained the crowd at the Fest Grounds and there was a Car/Semi show, also at the Fest Grounds, with a variety of nice vehicles to view.

A delicious Lions Pork Chop Dinner hit the spot for many hungry people on Saturday afternoon as one of many choices of food throughout the City of Rushford. A Frog Jumping Contest was held at the Fest Grounds which had many children excited.

Speaking of excitement the Grande Parade started at 7 p.m. with people lining the streets for blocks on the parade route. The parade was fantastic with no end in sight for quite a long time. A wonderful variety of entries lined up for the parade including Grand Marshal Herb Highum, local pageant winners, and fire trucks among many others. “Chang,” the Osman Shrine Dragon, made childrens’ mouths drop open with disbelief and anticipation of smoke shooting out towards them. Kids of all ages ran to pick up as much candy as they could and then waited for the next handful to come their way. Troubleshooter played in the Fest Tent to end Saturday night on a high note.

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church provided a bright start to Sunday morning with a Waffle Breakfast at Montini Hall. An Antique Tractor Ride took place early Sunday morning as well. Many attended an Ecumenical Church Service sponsored by area churches at Creekside Park and the day continued with Softball Tournaments, Bingo, and games such as a Bean Bag Tournament and Tractor Games. A Chicken-Q sponsored by the American Legion Riders gave attendees another mouthwatering option for eating on Sunday besides all of the food vendors at the Fest Grounds.

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