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A deserved “Day Off” for many

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Canton Features

Amy Wickett, Laura Hosting, and Leah Austin help with the bean bag tournament during Canton Day Off 2013. Photo by Barb Jeffers

The residents of Canton, Minn. celebrated Canton Day Off from Friday, August 16 until Sunday, August 18, 2013 for the town celebration.

Although the City of Canton may not be large in size, the town hosts a big celebration, Canton Day Off, with residents and visitors enjoying their time off.

A softball tournament got underway on Friday and that evening there was live music at ZZ Tap. The Canton Historical Society held a garage sale on Saturday next to the old depot which the historical society is raising money to renovate. The proceeds from the garage sale will go toward the restoration of the depot. Canton Historical Society members Marlene Wisland, Irene Rice, Dorothy Coons, Bob Coons, and LeRoy Haynes were on hand to share their enthusiasm for restoring the depot along with other members.

A wine tasting was on the schedule for Saturday, and also the beer tent was open for all of those feeling a bit parched. The bean bag tournament was a very popular event with rows of bean bag boards lined up and down a street and bean bags were constantly in mid-air. Volunteers helping with the bean bag tournament Amy Wickett, Laura Hosting, and Leah Austin made sure things ran smoothly.

Canton had a town photo taken during Canton Day Off 2013, which is something unique that will be a cherished memory for the residents of Canton. Charlie Warner took a ride in the bucket of Chad Wangen’s boom truck to obtain the birds-eye photo.

The beer tent was busy all weekend with people sitting down to take a break and also to watch the bean bag tournament going on right next to the beer tent. This was also a great place to grab a bite to eat from one of the many volunteer workers such as Michele Wangen who was selling brats and hot dogs on Saturday. Stateline Karaoke and DJ provided entertainment in the beer tent on Saturday afternoon.

After a long day of contestants cooking the best BBQ possible, judging of the cook-off was finally held at 7p.m. Saturday evening and following the judging the crowd was able to enjoy the fine BBQ items that were prepared.

A Street Dance was held on Saturday evening and a Live Band performed at ZZ Tap.

Assumption Catholic Church held a Meatball Dinner on Sunday which brought a delicious end to Canton Day Off 2013 although undoubtedly many families and friends took the time to spend the rest of the day together enjoying every last minute of their “Day Off.”

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