64 years of celebration
EDGERTON -- Ready your running shoes, grab a lawn chair and prepare your fishing rod.
The 64th annual Dutch Festival, which begins Friday, is a community celebration that's not only a reflection of the Edgerton area's cultural heritage, but also offers activities and entertainment for people of all ages.
"We have a good-sized parade with over 50 entries, and over the years the festival has grown from a mid-week event to a weekend event," said local business owner and Chamber of Commerce President Stewart Kreun.
The 2013 festival, which Kreun said is generously sponsored by local businesses and put on by the Chamber, features a couple of new attractions.
"On Friday night, we are having dueling pianos and the Andy Gibson band," Kreun said. "Along with the car show, which draws 70-100 entries, we are having a bean bag tournament. There are 16 teams of two, and we could have had double the amount, but we had to keep it at a manageable timeframe."
The meat of the festival is Saturday, and Kreun said that the day is "chock full of a variety of events for kids and adults." Another highlight, he noted, is the bull riding.
"This will be the 10th or 11th year (for the bulls)," Kreun said. "It's amazing -- people come from long distances to see it, from places like Montevideo and Fairmont. It is always a big draw."
Other Saturday events include a 5K Dutch Run in the morning, a youth pedal pull, a kids carnival in the afternoon and a swimming contest.
The following is the schedule of events:
8 p.m., Andy Gibson band and Dueling Pianos, west baseball diamonds in City Park. Concessions will be available. Tickets are available in advance at Drooger's Food Center, Huisken Market, First State Bank and Katie's Closet, and will also be available at the door. Kids 7 and younger are free.
9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Teen Swim, Edgerton City Pool
6 a.m. to 10 a.m., Pancake breakfast at the new Emergency Services building, Mill Street, sponsored by the Edgerton Volunteer Fire & Ambulance Rescue teams.
7:30 a.m., Dutch Fun Run, 5K and 10K, sponsored by the Edgerton Chamber of Commerce, starts and ends on the corner by Tally Ho Coffee and DeBoer Chevrolet. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Contact Marjean Ossefoort, (507) 215-0429, with questions. Register at www.allsportcentral.com.
8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Softball tournament -- Girls 16 & under tournament at City Park ball diamonds. Contact Doug Kroh, email@example.com or (507) 820-0136, with questions, or visit http://edgertonmn.com/upload/2013%20Softball%20Registration.pdf.
8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., Kids fishing contests at Rock River Park; open to kids ages 14 and under (must be accompanied by an adult/guardian). Contact Craig Fey, (507) 227-6342, for more information.
10:30 a.m., Kids Pedal Tractor Pull at City Park tennis courts; ages 4-11 will compete for trophies; all area children are welcome to participate (tractors will be provided).
11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Arts and Crafts Expo on the grassy lot just north of First State Bank on Main Street. Contact Bev Rickenbaugh, (507) 920-6671, for more information.
Noon to 2 p.m., Swimming events at Edgerton City Pool
Noon to 5 p.m., Beer garden, brats and burgers, corner of Main and Center streets.
1 to 5 p.m., Bean Bag Tournament on Main Street next to Veteran's Memorial. Limited to the first 16 teams that sign up. Contact Ross Kreun, (507) 227-5994, for more details.
1 to 6 p.m., Inflatables with water feature, Edgerton City Park.
1:30 to 3:30 p.m., 10th Annual Dutch Festival Car Show, north end of Main Street (registration begins at noon).
4 to 5 p.m., Sidewalk chalk art contest on Main Street in front of the NAPA store. Contact Marilyn DeKam, (507) 442-8123, with questions.
7 p.m., Parade -- this year's theme is "Favorite Sitcom."
8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Dirt Kickin' Wicked Good Bull Riding at the City Park. Tickets available for purchase at Drooger's Food Center, Huisken Market, First State Bank and Katie's Closet, as well as at the gate. Free for youths 5 and under.
10:30 p.m., fireworks following the bull riding event, City Park.
7 p.m., Community worship service at the football field; rain/weather location is First Christian Reformed Church.