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30th Annual Buffalo Bill Days coming soon


Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Buffalo Bill Days in Lanesboro, Minn. is fast approaching and this year’s celebration is a special one being that this year marks the 30th year that Lanesboro has hosted the celebration. The reason behind the name of the event is due to the fact that in 1900 the first Buffalo Bill’s Wild West shows were performed in Lanesboro, according to the city’s website, www.lanesboro-mn.gov. That show consisted of six Indians (two Iron Maidens), two white men (Buffalo Bill and White Beaver), and a Mr. Man.

The celebration takes place each year during the first full weekend in August which lands Buffalo Bill Days this year on August 1, 2, and 3. Traditional Buffalo Bill Days activities will take place this year but also two new events have been added to enhance the fun of the weekend including a “Buffalo Roam” and the “Jim Busta Band” being included in this year’s schedule of events.

Grand Marshals for this year are lifelong residents of Lanesboro, Duane and Angel Bakke, who were honored to accept the prestigious title of Grand Marshals and will proudly ride in the Buffalo Bill Days Grand Parade on Sunday, August 3, 2014.

The official start of Buffalo Bill Days will be at 4 p.m. on Friday, August 1 with the opening of the Beer & Brat tent for the weekend and music with DJ Chase who is sure to get the weekend kicked off with good tunes and a great time.

At 7 p.m. the Softball Tournament begins with fans gathering at the softball field to cheer on their favorite teams and players. The Commonweal Theatre will be performing “Arsenic and Old Lace” at 7:30 p.m., which is only one of the productions by the Commonweal during the weekend.

One highlight during the weekend, the Street Dance, will start at 8:30 p.m. Friday evening in front of the Lanesboro Fire Hall with the band “Trouble Shooter” performing. For those who celebrate a little too much over the weekend R & M Amish Tours will be providing Sober Shuttle Rides from 6 p.m. until 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights to get everyone home safely. The phone number for the Sober Shuttle rides is (507) 467-2128.

Not only does the Softball Tournament continue on Saturday, August 2 but the Volleyball Tournament also gets underway which brings many teams to the nets near the Beer & Brat Tent with a large crowd always watching the teams go head to head and as if that is not enough sports there is also a Bean Bag Tournament on Saturday.

A new event this year, the “Buffalo Roam,” begins at 11:30 a.m. which is a fun run/walk for all ages. Registration for the “Buffalo Roam” will be at 10 a.m. Other highlights for Saturday include many events in Sylvan Park including the Market Place and Farmers’ Market opening at 10 a.m. The Market Place will have approximately 40 vendors and four food trucks.

The gazebo in Sylvan Park will hold musicians the “Root River Jam Band” at 11 a.m. just as Bingo gets underway and the “Arnold Bradley Band” beginning at 2 p.m. for people of all ages to enjoy while walking around the park enjoying the Kids Carnival and Petting Zoo which will be open from noon - 4 p.m.

Two more chances to watch Commonweal Theatre performances will take place both at 1:30 p.m. with “Arsenic and Old Lace” and again at 7:30 p.m. with the Commonweal’s production of “Around the World in 80 Days” entertaining the audience.

While in Lanesboro taking in all that the town celebration has to offer on Saturday be sure to stop in and visit local businesses who will be open all day and have a wide array of unique items and there are many fine eating establishments to try as well. These businesses give great support to Buffalo Bill Days and would appreciate seeing the faces of those who are both visitors for the first time or their regular customers.

Saturday evening will be an exciting one with “Next 2 Nothing” playing in the Community Center parking lot from 8 p.m. to midnight. There will be a minimal cover charge of $5 for the dance which is a small price to pay for such high level entertainment.

Fireworks off the North bluff are a crowd pleaser each year and will begin at 9:45 p.m. Saturday night which consistently brings people together to watch from sidewalks, parking lots, porches, or anywhere else in order to get a good view.

On Sunday, August 3, Volleyball and Softball Tournaments will continue, the Beer & Brat Tent will once again be open, and the Market Place and Farmer’s Market will be open before the “Highway 30” Ecumenical Service at the park gazebo at 10:30 a.m. Canned goods and free will donations will be accepted at the service. Bingo will begin once again at 11 a.m. and the Kids Carnival and Petting Zoo will be open from noon to 4 p.m.

Beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday the smell of the Chicken Barbeque coming from the Community Center will draw a lot of hungry people as it always does. Keep an eye on your dinner though as there will be robbers in town. The “Cannon Old West Society” will perform a bank robbery in downtown at 11 a.m. with a second appearance in the park at the gazebo at 12:30 p.m. featuring a good guys vs. bad guys shootout.

Streets will be lined with chairs and blankets for the Grand Parade at 1:30 p.m. with children jumping up and down, clapping, and running for candy. The kids will continue their fun after the parade back in the park with free “Kaptain Kirby” train rides.

Another new event for Buffalo Bill Days 2014 will be the music of the “Jim Busta Band” in the park gazebo beginning at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Many area residents are familiar with the band and are sure to take a seat in the shade of Sylvan Park and enjoy every note.

Take a chance and buy some raffle tickets which will be on sale at the Park Information Booth in Sylvan Park throughout the weekend and you could win cash prizes. The more you buy the better your chances!

A Golf Tournament will also be taking place the entire weekend. Play 18 holes anytime from Friday at 5 p.m. to Sunday at noon. The winner will be announced at the Brat & Beer Tent at approximately 7 p.m. Sunday. For additional information on the Golf Tournament phone (507) 467-3742.

Buffalo Bill Days will wind down Sunday evening but there will still be entertainment to be found with a DJ and Karaoke in the Brat & Beer Tent from 5:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Mara Drake, member of the Buffalo Bill Days Committee, stated, “We are very excited to be celebrating the 30th year. So many people before us worked tirelessly to organize it and the fact that it is still going strong is a testament to the community and its many volunteers.” Without all of those volunteers the event could not take place.

Members of the Buffalo Bill Days Committee include Mara Drake, Jody Nation, Karen Scheevel, David and Lori Bakke, Melissa Peterson, Diane Marzolf, Roger Jorgenson, and Chase Bakke. These individuals hope to see you in Lanesboro during Buffalo Bill Days to enjoy their hours of planning and hard work along with the help of many others who donate their time to put together a celebration the entire area can enjoy.

Drake also shared that anyone can help support Buffalo Bill Days in several different ways including buying beer and brats at the tent, buying raffle tickets, and participating in any of the sporting events. You can also donate to your favorite event such as the parade or fireworks display.

For more information on Buffalo Bill Days events visit www.lanesboro-mn.gov or view the facebook page. Emails can be sent to buffalobilldays@yahoo.com. The phone number for the Lanesboro City Office is (507) 467-3722.

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