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Windom ready for annual Riverfest

Children and their parents cheer on their turtles in the championship round of Riverfest turtle races in this June 2009 photo.

WINDOM -- Windom Riverfest is just around the corner, complete with new and traditional events to look forward to.

Friday will kick the weekend off with an all-day flea market and a free concert featuring Staci Frenes at 7: 30 p.m. Fireworks will follow near Windom Area High School.

Saturday is full of events including tournaments in men's slow-pitch softball, tennis and soccer. There will also be a cribbage tournament at the River City Eatery and a 5K Fun Run at 8 a.m.

As for those not interested in the tournaments, they can look forward to the numerable other events of the day, including the turtle races, a pie eating contest and a craft show.

"The fire department will also be putting on water games again at the square, which will be good because it's supposed to be pretty hot on Saturday," noted Kelsey Carlson, executive director of Windom's Chamber of Commerce. Also taking place in the square will be continuous live entertainment, including folk artist Chad Elliot.

In the midst of their 100th year Anniversary, the Girl Scouts will be putting on several events on Saturday, including a Wonders of Windom Challenge and a Celebration Tea.

"The Celebration Tea is like a fashion show with all the girls modeling the different oufits that they've worn over the years," explained Carlson. "There will be a lot of representatives from the Girl Scouts available."

The Wonders of Windom Challenge is a scavenger hunt. Participants will travel to different places in Windom with a passport, and after they reach each destination, they will receive a mark in their passport.

"It's a way to get people out and about and exploring Windom to discover what we have to offer," said Carlson.

All participants of the Wonders of Windom Challenge will also receive free ice cream.

Concluding the day will be the kiddie and grand parades at 6 p.m., followed by live entertainment at River City Eatery.

Sunday will begin with a Kiwanis pancake breakfast at the Eagles Club. An outdoor worship service will be offered at 9:30 a.m. at Island Park. Tournaments will continue throughout the day, with the addition of a volleyball and KUBB tournament.

Sponsored by the Sons of Norway, KUBB is a Norwegian game with teams ranging from two to six people.

"It's a great game for everyone regardless of age or ability, and there will be prizes available," said Carlson.

There is an entry fee for each team. Registration will begin at 10 a.m., with the tournament starting at approximately 11:15 a.m.

Throughout the day, the Classic Vehicle and Antique Tractor Show will be around, with an Antique Tractor Parade taking place at 2 p.m.

Also back this year will be the Windom Eagles Remote Controlled Model Airplane Fun Fly at their field on Cottonwood County 13.

"It's a lot of fun going to that," said Carlson. "It usually draws in a lot of people."

There will be a raffle drawing with a cash prize available based on the amount of tickets sold. There will also be a Weber Gas Grill and a $150 gas card up for draw, as well as gift certificates to different places in the community.

Riverfest is put on by the Riverfest Committee, a group of volunteers from the community that organize and facilitate the events. For more information about Riverfest, contact the Windom Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-794-6366.