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Windom's Riverfest to honor 100 years of the city's Boy Scouts

WINDOM -- The Windom community invites you to join them this weekend to celebrate their very own Riverfest. If you haven't made it to this phenomenon in the past, the events on this year's schedule are certain to galvanize anyone's interest.

The focus of this year's Riverfest is to commemorate the Windom Boy Scouts 100 year anniversary. "We're really excited about what they're bringing to Riverfest," Riverfest liaison, Cheryl Hanson said regarding boy scouting in Windom, "We have a number of new activities--most of which are due to them."

The Eagle Scouts are starting out the festivities tonight, inviting everyone to watch the movie, "Follow Me Boys," starring Fred McMurray. Admission is only $ 1 dollar per person and will be viewed at the Business, Arts & Recreation Center (BARC) at 7 p.m.

Riverfest enters full swing Friday night, however, with the Early Childhood Family Education's Family fun Fair from 5 to 7 p.m. "It's a free event that will include carnival games, photo opportunities, and and an inflated jumping house," stated Hanson. Meals will be available at $ 3 for youth and adults, while children (2 to 10) will only be charged $ 1. Friday night will also feature a Soap Box Derby on north 4th Avenue, beginning at 7 p.m. The youth division is open to kids 6 to 16, and for the first time grown-ups can whiz through Windom in the adult division (17 and older).

The band, the Great Adventure Gospel Band--a traditional gospel-bluegrass sound--will be playing Friday night at 7:30 in the Evangelical Free Church Worship Center. "Roxbury" will be performing Friday night as well behind the Phat Pheasant Pub beginning at 9 p.m.

Friday night will finale with the fireworks show scheduled for some time after 10 p.m. "It's a spectacular show that usually goes on for about twenty minutes," the liaison said, "It will be behind the high school and we invite everyone in the area to show up."

But Saturday is the day of the parade--which, of course, is what everyone looks forward to. The extravaganza begins at 6 p.m. and will showcase local businesses, seven school marching bands, the latest machinery from the area, antique cars, clowns, and candy. "What's a parade without clowns and candy," Hanson joked as she rattled off the abundant venue. The parade starts at the county fairgrounds, goes through 4th avenue, to the West side of the court house, around downtown, circling back to the East side of the court house where it will finally resolve.

Prior to the parade, Saturday's festivities will kick off at 7:00 a.m. for the 15th Annual Vickie Schendel Fun Run and Walk.

Arts & Crafts show. 9 a.m. at the courthouse square.

Sons of Norway annual Smorgasbord of Scandinavian delicacies will also feature a Silent Auction. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cottonwood County Historical Society.

Prudence Masonic Lodge's cribbage tournament begins play at 8:30 a.m.

Men's slow pitch softball tournament will start at 9 a.m. throughout the Windom Recreation Area. The James W. Remund Memorial Tennis Tournament launches at the same time at Witt Park. A soccer tourney also gets underway at 10 a.m.--also at the Windom Recreational Area.

Kids will enjoy a fishing contest at Cottonwood Lake casting off at 10 a.m.

The Windom Fire Department will be hosting water games on fourth Avenue beginning at noon.

Turtle races will be held at the intersection of 9th Street and 3rd Avenue--2 p.m.

The following Boy Scouts events will be on Saturday at the BARC building: old-fashioned and modern campsite (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.); North Star Museum of Boy and Girl Scouting (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.); Worthington Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron Cadet demonstrations of radio finding techniques (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.); Dutch Oven cooking demonstrations (10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.); Pinewood Derby and Sailboat Regatta (12:30 to 4 p.m.)