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Westbrook Fun Days begin Thursday

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WESTBROOK -- What's going to put the fun in Fun Days this year?

How about an expo event with 25 vendors, two days of bingo and a presentation about gangsters?

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Those are just a few of the new activities scheduled in conjunction with Westbrook Fun Days, scheduled for this weekend.

The celebration will kick off Thursday evening with the community barbecue and Evening of Praise.

During the annual scholarship program on Friday, five candidates will vie for the title of Miss Westbrook and an assortment of younger girls for the opportunity to be Little Miss Westbrook. Theme for the pageant will be "Many Faces" according to Joan Jorgenson, one the members of the Westbrook Women's Club that organizes the annual festival.

"On Saturday at the community center, we're going to have a Fun Day Expo from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.," said Jorgenson about some of the new additions to the schedule. "There are going to be 25 vendors there. And to raise money for the library, they're having an 'everything-is-$6' sale done by this company out of Minneapolis that does a lot of fundraisers for hospitals."

Bingo is a popular activity at many area festivals, and Westbrook plans two days of bingo calling, beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday under the tent in the city park.

"Minnesota's Gangster Past" will be presented by author Chad Lewis at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Westbrook Community Center. The program is free and open to all ages.

The complete schedule of events is as follows:

Thursday

5 to 6:30 p.m. -- Community Barbecue, Sanford Westbrook Hospital

7 p.m. -- Evening of Praise with dessert following, Westbrook Community Center

Friday

1 p.m. -- Heritage Health Care Foundation three-person golf scramble, Rolling Hills Golf Course

7 p.m. -- Miss Westbrook Scholarship Program, Westbrook-Walnut Grove High School auditorium

8 p.m. -- street dance, music by The Mixx, Loose Moose

Saturday

8 a.m. -- city-wide rummage sale

9 a.m. -- Crazy Daze, Main Street; sand volleyball tournament, park

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- Fun Days Expo, community center; library book sale and fundraiser, senior center

10 a.m. -- VFW baseball, high school baseball field

10:30 a.m. -- Summer Olympics, park

10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- Whopper Feed, park

11 a.m. -- school surplus fundraiser auction, proceeds going to band and choir trip and student athletic department, high school

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- Westbrook Heritage House Museum open

11 a.m. to 1 a.m. -- beer garden open

Noon -- pedal tractor pull for ages 4-11

1 p.m. -- bingo sponsored by W.A.V., park; fun and games coordinated by high school volleyball team, park

1 to 2:30 p.m. -- Zoo Express

1:30 to 3:30 p.m. -- Good Samaritan Society open house and ice cream social

4 p.m. -- parade

5 p.m. -- Hardee's roast beef feed, park

7:30 p.m. --"Minnesota's Gangster Past," presented by Chad Lewis, senior center

8 p.m. to 1 a.m. -- karaoke by Movin' Melodies, park

Dusk -- fireworks

Sunday

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- Dad's Belgian Waffle brunch, community center

10 a.m. -- community church service, Trinity Lutheran Church

Noon to 6 p.m. -- beer garden open

1:30 p.m. -- bingo for all ages sponsored by W.A.V, park; adult bean bag tournament, park

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Beth Rickers
Beth Rickers is the veteran in the newspaper staff with 25 years as the Daily Globe's Features Editor. Interests include cooking, traveling and beer tasting and making with her home-brewing husband, Bryan. She writes an Area Voices blog called Lagniappe, which is a Creole term that means "a little something extra." It can be found at http://lagniappe.areavoices.com/.  
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