DUNDEE — After a hiatus lasting more than a dozen years, the Dundee Community Club is resurrecting “Nothing Days” this Saturday.
The city celebration is filled with a variety of activities that cost nothing to participate in — unless you want to purchase food, drink, T-shirts or raffle tickets — hence the name, according to Brenda Kruger, a Dundee Community Club member.
The event is making a comeback for the sole purpose of bringing people together. Simply put, organizers missed having a city celebration in which family, friends and neighbors gathered in the streets and the city park.
“We’re all busy,” Kruger said. “For one day at least, we wanted to bring people together.”
Last summer, when the community hosted an event for the American Legion, some in town thought it was the resurrection of Nothing Days. That began a discussion about bringing the festival back for the town’s 67 residents — several of whom have moved into Dundee within the last decade.
The theme for the celebration is "Celebrating Halloween in July." People both young and old are encouraged to come dressed in costume.
“Halloween is usually cold, and you’re pushing kids to hurry up because you have school and work the next day,” Kruger said. An adult and kids costume contest is part of the day’s events, as is voting for the best decorated house in Dundee.
A Halloween-themed parade will begin at 2 p.m., with country music entertainment by Dakota Opry from 5 to 7 p.m. The music switches from country to rock for the street dance, which features The Full Throttle Band from 8 p.m. to midnight. People should bring their own lawn chair.
While food and ice cream stands will be open throughout the day, the Dundee American Legion is also hosting a pork chop dinner, with serving from 5 to 7 p.m. The beer garden will open at 11 a.m.
Dundee’s Nothing Days kicks off Saturday with a 10 a.m. Car Show & Shine on the lot south of the church. Staging begins at 9 p.m., with the car show to continue until noon.
At 11 a.m., a vendor show, free kids games, a photo booth and a pirate ship-shaped inflatable will open to entice attendees in the city park.
Softball and bean bag tournaments are also planned Saturday, with softball games to begin at 11 a.m. and the bean bag tournament at 3 p.m. The tournaments are 100% payback, Kruger noted.
The Dundee Community Club will conduct a raffle drawing at 4:45 p.m. in the city park, and raffle tickets will be available for purchase throughout the day.
The raffle, which along with food, beer and T-shirt sales is helping to raise funds for the celebration, includes drawings for several family-themed prizes, from stays at Loon Point Resort, Lake Reno Resort or Great Wolf Lodge, to Minnesota Twins tickets, a boat cruise on Lake Shetek, Sky Zone or Wild Water West. There are also prizes including a wood pellet grill, American Tourister luggage, a complete car detailing by Hwy 59 Pit Stop LLC, a package by Hayley Beal Photography LLC, artwork by Katie G. and an opportunity to go on a duck/goose hunt.
Kruger said the planning committee is hoping to make Dundee Nothing Days an annual celebration once again.
“We’re hoping people come, bring people together and just have fun,” she said.