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30th Buffalo Bill Days a success

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Brielle Ruen, 10, and Alida Berg, 12, sell wristbands for J.O. Volleyball during Buffalo Bill Days 2014. Photo by Barb Jeffers

The city of Lanesboro had something for everyone during the 30th annual Buffalo Bill Days which was held August 1, 2, and 3, 2014.

Officially beginning the celebration with the opening of the Beer & Brat tent on Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. people started streaming in to grab a brat and a cold one as they listened to DJ Chase.

The softball tournament began Friday evening with teams playing over the entire three days in not only Lanesboro but Fountain and Peterson as well. Teams came from near and far to participate not only in the tournament but also enjoyed other activities around town.

Commonweal Theatre provided a nice evening out for many with their production of “Arsenic and Old Lace” and Trouble Shooter ended the festivities on Friday night with a street dance in front of the Fire Hall.

Softball continued on Saturday morning and the volleyball and bean bag tournaments began. Teams enjoyed the beautiful weather and the companionship of teammates while getting some exercise at the same time. A golf tournament also took place in which participants could play any of the three days of Buffalo Bill Days.

The winners of the Volleyball Tournament were the Bumping Uglies team in the upper division and team Spike It took the lower division.

The “Buffalo Roam” took place on Saturday which was a fun run/walk for all ages and had many groups of friends and family walking or running together while talking and laughing at the same time.

The Market Place and Farmer’s Market opened Saturday to many visitors and residents choosing farm fresh vegetables and other useful items at the many vendor booths. Deb Augustin, of Austin, Minn. works at Mayo Clinic during the week and is a vendor each year at Buffalo Bill Days, dressing in costume, selling purses and other items stating it is her weekend fun to be a vendor.

Bingo was the perfect way to pass the time in Sylvan Park while enjoying the music of the “Root River Jam Band” followed by the “Arnold Bradley Band” who played in the gazebo.

An additional way to spend time in the park was sampling the many types of food offered some of which included the Red Barn Kitchen serving hot roast beef, ham and cheese, and smoked meatloaf. Hog Wild Wings served not only wings but also cheese curds, deep fried pickles, and nacho fries. R Four Meats offered turkey drumsticks, sloppy joes, and hot dogs.

There were many interesting things to see, hear, and pet in the Kids Carnival and Petting Zoo. A horse, calf, goat, and rabbits were a few of the animals the children had a chance to see and pet with a lot of kids taking the opportunity to sit on the horse.

Another favorite attraction for kids were the bouncy houses. Alida Berg, 12, and Brielle Ruen, 10, were busy selling wristbands to parents of some very excited and anxious children. The girls were selling wristbands to benefit J.O. Volleyball.

Two performances were available for viewing at the Commonweal Theatre on Saturday including an additional chance to see “Arsenic and Old Lace” and then “Around the World in 80 Days.”

The always popular band “Next 2 Nothing” played to a very large and appreciative crowd Saturday night in the parking lot next to the Beer & Brat tent. The band, which includes Justin “Sonny” Peterson who grew up in Lanesboro, never fails to put on a great show.

The finale for Saturday evening were the fireworks as all other activities seemed to stop long enough to watch as groups of people could be seen all over town admiring the display. The fireworks have become an annual tradition that everyone looks forward to.

Festivities continued on Sunday with the “Highway 30” Ecumenical Service in the Sylvan Park gazebo followed by the delicious Chicken BBQ at the Community Center which always sells quickly.

The Cannon Old West Society stole the town’s attention with their bank robbery performance as the bad guys, and some good guys, were shot and killed. A second scenario played out later in the day with a shootout in front of the gazebo which drew the attention of everyone in the park.

Many lucky attendees won prizes as there were raffle tickets sold in Sylvan Park with cash prizes and Iron Horse Outfitters held drawings for t-shirts and a night’s stay. Area businesses were open with many having sales for the weekend.

Sidewalks, porches, benches, and any other form of seating were filled during the Grand Parade as the Lanesboro American Legion lead the parade down Parkway Avenue. Grand Marshals Duane and Angel Bakke smiled and waved to many familiar faces as they rode along the parade route.

Other entrants were the Lanesboro Fire Department and Ambulance, a wide variety of local businesses, Cody the Buffalo, area royalty, Osman Cycle Patrol, and Brad Boice as “Elvis” along with many others.

The fun continued following the parade as free “Kaptain Kirby” train rides were available in Sylvan Park as well as music by the “Jim Busta Band” in the gazebo getting toes tapping and hands clapping.

A young entrepreneur (who is also as cute as can be) took advantage of the influx of people in town to set up a lemonade stand. Grace Tufte, 5, had a fancy booth set up and sold many glasses of the ice cold beverage to those walking by. Grace is the daughter of Blaine and Mary Tufte of Lanesboro.

Music could be heard in many areas of Lanesboro on Sunday evening with a DJ & Karaoke at the Beer & Brat Tent and the Parkway Pub featured Mike McAbee followed by JT & The Gun Slingers. Many in town enjoyed music at the Lanesboro American Legion during Buffalo Bill Days as well.

The Buffalo Bill Days Committee and the many volunteers responsible for providing this wonderful celebration have performed their magic once again and deserve a pat on the back, or at the very least, a sincere thank you from all of those who had a fun weekend. Thank You!

While watching the tournaments, activities, fireworks, parade, and so much more over the course of Buffalo Bill Days 2014 an old saying came to mind which is “a good time was had by all” and undoubtedly everyone is looking forward to the 31st Annual Buffalo Bill Days.

To view additional photos of Buffalo Bills Days 2014 visit the Fillmore County Journal’s Facebook page.

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