Festivities planned for Saturday include the Minn-e-Rods, parade, and Backroads
By Kristen Miller
Come and enjoy the 17th annual Darwin Twine Ball Celebration Saturday, Aug. 9 with a fun-filled day of food, music, a parade and more.
One of the main attractions in Darwin during their summer event is the rip-roaring action that comes with the Minnesota Minn-e-Rods.
Darwin resident, Jon Sprengeler is organizing the event this year and is expecting just as large - if not a larger crowd this year as last.
Nearly 3,000 people stand by and watch as these miniature hot rods hit the streets to see who has the strongest garden tractor.
“People watch it and want to join,” Sprengeler said.
“It doesn’t cost anything to watch and it’s a good deal for the community and is fun for us,” said Sprengeler, who has been pulling since 1973.
Kids as young as 5 years old have competed. The young-at-heart are also welcome, with the oldest member being 82 years old, according to Sprengeler.
The Minn-e-Rods begin at 2:30 p.m. in downtown Darwin.
Other highlights include the parade beginning at 12:30 p.m. featuring local royalty, area floats, antique tractors and cars, horses, and much more.
Also, the craft fair and collectibles sale will begin at 9 a.m., sand volleyball at 9 a.m., the kid’s pedal tractor pull at 10 a.m. (registration at 9:30), the Twine Ball Museum opens at 10 a.m., and the barbecue pork chop dinner will be from 4 to 7 p.m. with pork chops from the Darwin Freezer.
Advanced tickets are available for the dinner at the Twine Ball Museum and Twine ball Antiques for $7.50, or $8 at the event.
Also from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Lake Stella Creamery, also known as the Casey Creamery, will be open for tours.
The creamery is located along County State Aid Highway 9 south of Darwin.
Music in the park will feature Backroads, appearing from 7 to 11:30 p.m.
Raffle drawings will take place at 8:30 p.m. with the first prize of $300, second prize of $100, and third through sixth prize of $50.
All proceeds from the event go to Darwin Tourism and Promotional Fund.