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Emily Axford, Ada Smith, Miki Bolin, Megan Theesfeld and Lalissa Weins pose for photographs. The crowning of Theesfeld as Miss Riverfest on Monday kicked off the festival. (Morgan Potter/Submitted Photo)

Road construction won't stop Windom's Riverfest

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WINDOM -- Windom may be in the middle of road construction, but it isn't letting that put a damper on the Riverfest activities. In fact, the road work inspired this year's Riverfest theme: "Under Construction."

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The construction will most noticeably affect the parade route, which will start at 6 p.m. Saturday at Toro and rectangle down Fourth Street, across Seventh Street and up Third Street.

In addition to the parade, Windom will continue the tradition of hosting a number of events that Damon Weinandt, Windom Chamber of Commerce executive director said should include something for everyone.

"We have a large list of events with a lot of individual organizations that put on events like they do every year," he said.

The Riverfest celebrations officially started on Monday with the crowning of Megan Theesfeld, daughter of Rod and Mary Theesfeld, as Miss Riverfest.

"She'll be attending many of the fun events around town," Weinandt said. "Megan will do a wonderful job representing Riverfest."

For the first time, the Windom Women of Today also selected a Junior Miss Riverfest. The title was awarded to Mia Hockel, daughter of Mark and Karla Hockel.

For the first time this year, helicopter rides will be offered Friday through Sunday.

"A helicopter is coming in from northern Minnesota and offering rides through the weekend," Weinandt said. "People will be able to fly over Windom while things are going on to see what the town looks like. Maybe they'll even take you over your place of residence."

The Windom Chamber of Commerce will be hosting their Annual Golf Outing at 6 p.m. Friday at the Windom Country Club.

"This is the 18th Annual Golf Outing, but only the second year that we've had it at the same time as Riverfest," Weinandt explained. "We encourage anyone to come out who enjoys golfing."

New this year will be a youth dance for people ages 12- to 18-years old from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Friday at the Business, Arts and Recreational Center featuring music by Elite Sound.

Friday's activities will conclude with a fireworks show near the Windom Area High School at approximately 10:15 p.m.

"It's always a good show and a lot of people like to come," Weinandt said.

The Sons of Norway Lodge is one of the organizations that will be hosting multiple events during Riverfest, including their well-known Scandinavian Smorgasbord, featuring a variety of Norwegian and Swedish delicacies, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

"It's a well-received event for Riverfest," said LaVern Christianson, Sons of Norway president. "We get a number of people every year. Someone who enjoys the Norwegian treats or wants to experience them -- they are welcome to take part."

The smorgasbord will feature traditional foods like lefse, pastries, cookies and open-faced sandwiches.

"Besides tasting good, (the open-faced sandwiches) are beautiful to look at. There is a basic filling and they are deco-rated with cheese and vegetables," Christianson said.

The Sons of Norway will also host the second annual Kubb Tournament from 9 to 10 a.m. on Sunday. The ancient Swedish Viking game "goes back many centuries," Christianson said.

He explained that the game will be played on a grass field. Two opposing teams of two to six players will try to knock over the other team's 10 kubbs (wooden blocks placed on the opposite end of the field) with round sticks called batons. Once the 10 kubbs are knocked down, the teams go after the "king," an eleventh wooden block in the center of the field.

"First one to knock down the king wins," Christianson said. "The game is fairly simple and one of the nice things is that all ages can play it."

Last year, eight teams participated, and Christianson said anyone who would like to try the game is welcome to play.

"It's simple, but its fun and you get into it quickly," he added.

Another new event will be Cow-Chip Bingo, hosted by the Lion's Club at 2 p.m. Sunday.

A cow will be placed in a square pen near the Community Center with numbered bingo squares plotted out. Lions Club members will sell tickets for the numbered squares and the person owning the square where a "cow chip" lands will be the winner.

Like many great community events, there are many people who have worked in the background to organize and support this year's Riverfest.

"We have many great sponsors again this year, and we're thankful for all our local sponsors who make it possible and the Riverfest Committee who worked together to organize everything," Weinandt said.

For a complete listing of the weekend's activities, call the Windom Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-794-6366 or visit their website at www.winwacc.com.

Daily Globe Reporter Alyson Buschena may be reached at 376-7322.

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Alyson Buschena
Alyson joined the Daily Globe newsroom staff after spending a year in Latin America. A native of Fulda and graduate of the University of Northwestern, she has a bachelor's degree in English with a dual concentration in Literature and Writing and a minor in Spanish. At the Daily Globe, Alyson covers the crime beat as well as Pipestone and Murray counties, community news and feature stories. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, and cooking. More of Alyson's writing can be found at http://throughthelookingglass.areavoices.com.
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