Aug. 28, 2006

Red Rooster Days Labor Day weekend

By Roz Kohls
Staff Writer

Get out those extra napkins or be prepared to lick your fingers. Minnesota’s largest Chicken Bar-B-Que is Monday, Sept. 4, Labor Day as the main event of Dassel Red Rooster Days.

The chicken dinner will be a half-chicken smothered in “secret recipe” sauce, potato salad, coleslaw, bread, milk and coffee, and will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Saints Baseball Field.

The dinner is $6 in advance and $7 at the gate. The event is handicap accessible on First Street.

The Dassel Ambassador coronation is Saturday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. in the Dassel-Cokato Performing Arts Center. 2006 Dassel Ambassadors, Shelly Saksa and Leah Kay, will be present and the 2007 ambassador candidates will make their presentations. Admission is $3.

The Red Rooster Days parade will begin at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2. It will start at Willis Street, continue to William Avenue, and then proceed to Fifth Street.

Fireworks are featured Sunday, Sept. 3 at Spring Lake Park at approximately 9:30 p.m. They are sponsored by the Red Rooster Fireworks Endowment and the Red Rooster Committee.

Red Rooster Days begins with music at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, at the Mushroom Building along Highway 12. Ice cream, treats and popcorn will be available.

On Saturday, Sept. 2, several events are scheduled all over Dassel.

There will be a kickball tournament at Quad Fields/Saints Baseball Field.

A bike ride/rollerblade event will begin at Breeds park along Highway 12. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Start time is 9 a.m., and the event, a non-competitive seven-mile ride with few hills, is free. Helmets are requested, and children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

The Dassel Area Historical Society is sponsoring a “Minnesota Saved! Minnesota Preservation Alliance,” event with refreshments at 10 a.m. in the Universal Lab Building.

After the parade has ended, there will be a pie social at Gethsemane Lutheran Church. In addition to pie, the social also will serve barbeque and ice cream.

The street dance will feature “Backroads,” and be at Atlantic Avenue near the bandstand. The set aside area will open at 8 p.m. and the band will perform at 9 p.m. This dance is sponsored by the Dassel Area Chamber of Commerce.

The reception for the Fine Art Show at the Universal Lab Building will be from 1 to 3 p.m. The show also will be open on Sunday, Sept. 3, from 2 to 5 p.m., and Monday, Sept. 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On Sunday, before the fireworks, the Knights of Columbus will serve a Brat Feed beginning at 6 p.m. in the upper shelter of Spring Lake Park. In addition to brats, the menu features hot dogs, pop, floats, and popcorn. The funds raised go to support the fireworks.

The Minnesota Minn-e-Rods mini rod tractor pull will be at 2 p.m. on Atlantic Avenue.

Sunday morning features a special community worship service at 10:30 a.m. at Evangelical Covenant Church. Tim Tomlinson will be the speaker. The offering will go to the Dassel Lakeside Activities Department. Following the worship service will be hot dogs, barbecues and floats in the social hall between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. The proceeds also will go to the fireworks fund.

In the evening there will be a hymn sing at the Church of Christ at 7 p.m.

The 26th annual Red Rooster Run/Walk will be Monday, Sept. 4 at 8 a.m., beginning at the Red Rooster grounds. The five-mile run and one-mile run/walk are sponsored by the Meeker Memorial Clinic.

The Kids’ Pedal Tractor Pull will be at 1 p.m. at the grandstand for children ages 4 to 11. There also will be two shows of “Caribbean Cowboy,” noon and 1:30 p.m. at the grandstand. These events will be sponsored by Wells Fargo.

Concessions, exhibits, vendors, beer garden and hamburger stand will operate from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

A classic car show, sponsored by Embarq, will be at the ball field. Registration is at 9 a.m., and the show is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will also have a rock wall and Frisbee golf.

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