By Kristen Miller
DARWIN, MN - Summer is in full swing and the town of Darwin will once again be abuzz with the 18th annual Darwin Twine Ball Celebration Saturday, Aug. 8.
Come and enjoy a fun-filled day of food, friends, entertainment, and music in downtown Darwin.
One of the main attractions in Darwin during the Twine Ball Celebration is the action that comes with the Minnesota Minn-e-Rods.
Nearly 2,500 people stand by and watch as participants as young as 5 years old compete to see who has the strongest garden tractor.
The Minn-e-Rods begin at 2:30 p.m. in downtown Darwin. Ear plugs are recommended, but not required, to sit back and watch this rip-roaring event.
For those interested in digging their feet in the sand, the sand volleyball tournament begins at 8 a.m. To register, call (320) 693-5902.
What’s a town celebration without a parade?
Bring a lawn chair or pull up to a curb and watch as area floats, antique tractors and cars, local royalty, horses, and more pass through, tossing treats, beginning at 12:30 p.m.
For entry to the parade, contact Patti Burdick at (320) 693-2708.
The craft fair and collectibles sale will begin at 9 a.m. For more information, contact Janice Maher at (320) 699-0368.
Something fun especially for kids is the pedal tractor pull at 10 a.m., with registration at 9:30 a.m.
See exactly what the event is named after by visiting the Twine Ball Museum, which is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The museum has a new addition which features a baseball exhibit, showcasing Darwin’s favorite pastime.
The Darwin Lion’s Club will be serving up hamburgers and brats beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Then, at 4 p.m., the barbecue pork chop dinner featuring chops from the Darwin Freezer will be served until 7 p.m.
T-shirts will also be for sale outside the museum.
Advanced tickets are available for dinner at the Twine Ball Museum for $7.50, or $8 the day of the event.
Stay for musical entertainment by Backroads, which will be performing 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.