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Ag Days fields fun for all

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Features

The Spring Valley American Legion marks the beginning of the Ag Days Parade 2014. Photo by Barb Jeffers

The annual Ag Days celebration took place August 12-17, 2014 in Spring Valley, Minn. with activities taking place from Tuesday through Sunday all around town.

Spring Valley Senior Living’s Cutest Pet Contest got the ball rolling on Tuesday and theatre took center stage on Wednesday with the Brave Kidz Theatre play followed by the Brave Community Theatre’s production of “Mame” at the community center. The plays were performed both Saturday and Sunday giving everyone a chance to see the local talent in action.

An 18th Annual Cruise Night was held at the A&W complete with prizes on Thursday and the fun continued at Valley Lanes with music by Trouble Shooter to end the night.

Sunshine Foods parking lot was filled with the Antique Tractor Show for the weekend giving farmers and city folk the opportunity to see how things were done in the past. While reminiscing about the past another great stop was the Spring Valley Historical Society Museum which was open during Ag Days for visitor’s to take a step back in time.

Additional events on Friday were golf, kickball, and softball tournaments, Garden Club Flower Show, an ice cream social, and an antique tractor drive.

South Park was a busy place the entire weekend with many activities taking place such as three inflatable bouncy houses which children always enjoy, a sand pile, playground equipment, and many types of food and treats.

The Knights of Columbus were also busy in South Park as grill master Jerry Wolf cooked up the meat while Paul Klockeman, John Glady, and Mike Blanchard served hungry patrons.

Friday evening brought an emotional VFW flag retirement and candlelight vigil for POW/MIA’s at the Veteran’s Memorial.

Johnny Ringo’s had a DJ for entertainment Friday night and Fireworks ended the evening activities as people enjoyed the sights and sounds from their porches, lawn chairs, and blankets.

More competition was in store on Saturday with a fishing contest, a 6K run, sand volleyball tournament, bean bag tournament, and the Little Husker 1K which included hundreds of kids from ages 2 -12 who all received free t-shirts and a medal for completing the course.

Kids of all ages enjoyed watching Magic by Not Your Average Joe as he called for some volunteers from the crowd. Jackson Pettes, 11, assisted the magician and said, “It was fun because the magic was very cool and it was science.” Jackson is the son of Jeff and Julie Pettes of Burnsville, Minn. and the grandson of John and Darlene Vrieze of Spring Valley, Minn.

The fire station was filled with hungry guests for the Corn & Hot Dog Feed right up until the beginning of the Grand Parade as the streets lined with people on both sides. The parade was impressive with fire trucks, tractors, horses, wagons, cars, and many other entries from local groups and businesses.

Following the parade many people took advantage of the Key Club Car Wash in the Sunshine Foods parking lot and drove away with a spotless vehicle.

Children’s activities filled the afternoon on Saturday with horse rides at Racks and a Kids Pedal Pull at South Park. For those who did not get full from the Zebra Cake Eating Contest, there was more food to be found at the Firemen’s Chicken Feed & First English Lutheran Church Pie & Ice Cream Social at the fire hall.

A street dance with music by “Time Machine” had attendees singing and dancing to their favorite classic songs bringing Saturday night to an end.

Activities did not slow down on Sunday as the Spring Valley Pool had an pen swim and the Legion/Kiwanis/Key Club held a breakfast at the community center to begin the day in a refreshing way.

Balloon artist Kevin Lindh, a balloon toss, and face painting by pre-k teacher Karli Beissel kept the kids happy Sunday afternoon as did the Big Wheel Race. Andrew Stolp, 6, was having a great time riding around the track on a Big Wheel during the race.

The Austin Stump Jumpers were at the Industrial Park to provide excitement for a large crowd at the Mud Bog Races as the drivers had the mud flying. Sponsors of the Mud Bogs were Napa of Spring Valley - Classes A & B, JJ’s Customs - Class C, Spring Valley Overhead Door - Class D & E, SEMA Equipment, O’Connell Excavating, True Value, Grafe Auction, Matt’s Body Shop, and the City of Spring Valley.

An Okee Dokee Brothers Concert sponsored by the Spring Valley Area Ministerial Association, KSP & ECFE provided entertainment Sunday afternoon follwed by Spring Valley’s Got Talent where contestants sang, danced, and performed many interesting acts for the audience.

The VFW held their VFW Feed Sunday evening with everyone going home on a full stomach after engaging in six days full of fun during Ag Days 2014.

To view additional photos of Ag Days visit the Facebook page of the Fillmore County Journal.

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