LUVERNE - The city of Luverne will be bustling this weekend with its 34th annual Buffalo Days celebration Friday through Sunday - and Luverne High School’s graduation ceremony Sunday afternoon.
A few new events are part of Buffalo Days this year, from a quilt show at the Hinkly House by Luverne quilters to the Take 16 Block Party at the microbrewery on Main Street.
Luverne Area Chamber Director Jane Lanphere said a ribbon cutting was conducted last week for the new event center inside the brewery.
“It’s a beautiful, great addition to town,” Lanphere said, adding that the center provides seating for more than 120 people. The Take 16 Block Party will include live music and food.
Perennial favorites include the Friday evening Buffalo Days Cruise-In on Luverne’s Main Street downtown. There is corral parking for more than 300 vehicles, and free registration for those who want to showcase their vehicle. The band Starfire is back to perform the hits of the ’50s and ’60s, and there will be food vendors and a beer garden on site.
Also returning is the annual Arts in the Park on Saturday, with artists, crafters and vendors showcasing a variety of items. The park will also feature a variety of food vendors, free inflatables for the kids, Tae Kwon Do demonstrations and, of course, the always popular Buffalo Chip throwing contest.
The Luverne Baseball Association will bring 50 teams of youths from the tri-state area to town for the weekend to compete in its annual tournament, and spectators are welcome to watch the kids in grades 3-8 play ball at Joe Roberts Field and the school. A VFW tournament will be at Redbird Field.
Add in a parade, fun run and walk, speedway races and Sunday’s seventh presentation of “Tales from the Grave” (focusing on Rock County natives and presented at The History Center) and it makes for a busy weekend.
“Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy,” said Lanphere.
A complete schedule follows:
6:30 a.m.: Men’s Community Prayer Breakfast, Grand Prairie Events
4 to 7 p.m.: Quilt Show at the Hinkly House
6 to 10:30 p.m.: Buffalo Days Cruise-In, Main Street in downtown Luverne.
6 to 8:30 p.m.: Pie & Ice Cream Social, United Methodist Church
7:30 to 10 a.m.: Dad’s Belgian Waffle Feed, Luverne American Legion, supporting Rock County 4-H
8:30 a.m.: Buffalo Days 5K and 10K Fun Run and Fun Walk, register at Sanford Luverne Rehab
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Arts in the Park, free inflatables for the children, food booths, Luverne City Park
10 a.m.: Buffalo Days Parade, Main Street
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Quilt Show, Hinkly House
Noon: Tae Kwon Do demonstrations, Luverne City Park
12:30 p.m.: Buffalo Chip Throwing Contest, Luverne City Park
2 to 10 p.m.: Take 16 Block Party with live music, food and beverages, Main Street.
7 p.m.: Rock County Speedway Races (doors open and hot laps at 6 p.m.), Rock County Fairgrounds
1-4 p.m.: Tales from the Graves #7, The History Center on Main Street