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Spring Valley celebrates Ag Days 2013

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Features

Mud Volleyball participants enjoy a dirty game. Photo by Barb Jeffers

By Barb Jeffers

Good old fashioned fun and some mud filled fun took place in Spring Valley, Minn. during the city’s annual Ag Days celebration. Ag Days took place from Tuesday, August 13 to Sunday, August 18, 2013 with a full schedule of events geared toward many varied interests.

A Cutest Pet Contest was held at Spring Valley Senior Living on Tuesday, August 13 with owners proudly showing the pets they love so much. Great theatrical performances were given by the Brave Kidz who performed “Seven Dwarfs” and the Brave Community Theatre gave a wonderful performance of the musical “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

History came to life when the Spring Valley A&W hosted its 17th Annual Cruise Night with the theme “Take a Cruise Back to the 50’s and 60’s” and the history lesson continued at the Spring Valley Historical Museum which was open for visitors to take a stroll back in time.

Additional history could be seen at the Antique Tractor Show which was held in front of Sunshine Foods. Organizers Joe Besdicek, Dennis Hillesland, and Dave Vreeman stated that this year is the 25th year for the Antique Tractor Show and that the 2013 show was dedicated to Glen Van Grevenhof. Van Grevenhof started the Tractor Show and is currently hospitalized. There were many tractors of different sizes and age to view and the organizers were more than happy to share their knowledge of the equipment.

Quilts of every size and color could be admired at the Quilt Show held at the Spring Valley Public Library. Janet Czapiewski, organizer of the Quilt Show, was on hand and proudly showed each and every quilt as if she had made them all. Many members of the quilting club brought in superb quilts that show their talent. Several of the quilts were made by Czapiewski who has made quilts for her nine children, 27 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Janet explained she has three more great-grandchildren on the way so she never seems to run out of projects! One quilt at the show which Janet made was named “Carnival” and is a bold black and white pattern. Janet won first place and honorable mention at the 2013 Fillmore County Fair with her quilting ability.

Golf was on the schedule for many on Friday with a shotgun start four-man best ball golf tournament. The participants played nine holes and enjoyed food and drinks following the tournament at Johnny Ringos.

Bright colored flower arrangements were displayed at Spring Valley Estates during the Spring Valley Garden Club’s Down on the Farm Flower Show and plants were also available for sale. According to Garden Club member Tami Edgar the proceeds from the show go into the treasury of the Garden Club to help finance community projects the club performs such as planting flowers in twelve planters downtown, flowers for the cemetery and other work the Garden Club does to help the community look brighter.

Charter member of the Garden Club, Lenora Hintze, who is 99 years young, was at the Flower Show with her daughter, Ruth Lemke, and granddaughter Ann Ihrke who are also members of the Garden Club. The women enjoyed spending the day together and also with other Garden Club members and visitors to the show.

Cool treats were handed out at the Ice Cream Social held at the First National Bank. People filled the tables to talk with friends and neighbors while enjoying ice cream with toppings served by Jason Runk, Donna Conlan, Carla Fortney, and Kathy Mulholland.

Spring Valley held its own Idol Contest where local residents highlighted their talents. South Park was full of activities during Ag Days with inflatable bounce houses located close to the city pool which was convenient for the youngsters who could go back and forth from one to the other.

The Spring Valley pool also held a Pool Party on Friday which many kids attended and had a lot of fun swimming and hanging out with friends. Two of many workers at the Spring Valley pool were Rachel Harder, 16, and Reann Kimball, 15, who met visitors to the pool with cheery hello’s and bright smiles. Two year old Hadleigh Forland enjoyed playing with a beach ball in the kiddie pool during Ag Days along with other children. Hadleigh is the daughter of Ryan and Angela Forland.

History came into play once again as the Old Time Baseball game was played and the Antique Tractor Drive took place. There were Kids Kickball games and a Kickball Tournament for adults. These events were fun for all not only to participate in but also for the audience to watch.

The VFW retired the flag at the Fire Hall Friday evening and then held a Candlelight Vigil for POW/MIA’S at Veteran’s Memorial bringing meaningful moments to Ag Days 2013.

The excitement continued Friday night with the Beer Garden sponsored by Johnny Ringos open at South Park and the Fireworks display at dusk. Johnny Ringos had a DJ for an added choice of entertainment to end the night.

A full day of events were lined up from early in the morning until midnight on Saturday with Food Vendors and many activities in South Park and events held throughout town. Corn husking began first thing Saturday morning. Sports filled the rest of the morning with a Fishing Contest sponsored by S&S Bait Shop, a 6K Run/Walk on the trail, a Little Husker 1K sponsored by the Spring Valley Area Community Foundation, and a Soap Box Derby.

Mud volleyball players trudged through the muck to make some incredible plays while maintaining their sense of humor and joking around with each other during the games.

Players in the softball tournaments enjoyed Ag Days with family and friends on the field and off with the softball field next to all of the activities held in South Park including DJ Joe providing music. Jason Bow, J.J. Galle, Trevor Emanuel, and Greg Schulte from Adams, Minn., played on the team from The Creek Bar and Grill and spent some time in South Park playing catch in between games.

Spring Creek Park held food and entertainment as well and was the site of an inflatable obstacle course for children to run through alone or to race each other. In addition there was also a magic show performed by Not Your Average Joe at Spring Creek Park.

The Fire Hall was filled with people who enjoyed the Corn and Hot Dog Feed. Among many volunteers serving at the Corn and Hot Dog feed were Angie Zeimetz and Andrea Mettler, 13, serving hot dogs, Tom Lentz and Jim Hindt serving sweet corn, and serving pop were Laney Anderson, 10, Madison Hindt, 10, Faith Lange, 10, and Hailey Hindt, 10. Andy Meyerhofer and his son Brody, 2, ate at the Corn and Hot Dog Feed and Andy stated the food was “delicious.”

The Grand Parade brought chairs, blankets and seats of all kinds to the curbs and yards up and down the street to see all of the different entries and for children to wave at those in the parade and wait for candy to come flying their way.

Food events on Saturday included a BBQ Cook-off, a Zebra Cake Eating Contest, and the Firemen’s Chicken Feed and First English Lutheran Church Pie & Ice Cream Social. The Key Club Car Wash and Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Fundraiser were held at Sunshine Foods with many generous people stopping by.

A bean bag tournament drew a crowd to Broadway as music was also provided by a DJ. A Street Dance with “Time Machine” putting on a great show for the audience brought Saturday’s festivities to an end.

Breakfast sponsored by the Legion/Kiwanis/Key Club at the Community Center got Sunday started giving children and adults the energy they would need for the Big Wheel Races and Potato Sack Races later in the day. A few of the volunteers serving at the Breakfast were Denny Cornell, Nancy Cornell, Kathy Nagel, Jay Webster, Gabby Ronnenberg, 13, and Jennifer McNamara, 13.

Mud Bog races with the Austin Stump Jumpers was a very exciting event that kept audiences’ attention until the very last run at which time many of the spectators were splattered with mud which you have to expect at a “mud” bog. During an intermission a “people bog” was also held, and several children raced through the mud to get to the end where members of the Austin Stump Jumpers staff were holding a cash prizes.

Sponsors of the Mud Bog were the City of Spring Valley, O’Connell Excavating, Napa Auto Parts, SEMA Equipment, True Value Hardware Store, MN Metals, Groth’s Odd Couple, and Matt’s Body Shop. Food and beverages were served at the Mud Bog by the Trinity Luther League.

Inspirational Music could be heard at South Park Sunday afternoon along with a Free Pie and Ice Cream Social sponsored by the Ministerial Association. Sunday evening brought a tasty end to Ag Days with the VFW Steak Feed.

Ag Days 2013 supplied numerous and varied events for everyone to enjoy which takes a lot of work by many volunteers and hopefully those volunteers also found time to enjoy a good portion of the events when not volunteering their time.

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10:58:25, Sep 9th 2013

Chris Stier says:
Sorry to the people that got sprayed by my Jeep!

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