By Starrla Cray
WAVERLY, MONTROSE, MN The popular Montrose-Waverly Craft and Community Fair is back, and it’s bound to be better than ever.
“We’re having it three weeks later this year,” Montrose-Waverly Chamber of Commerce President Melissa Morris said. “It was cold last year, so hopefully we’ll have better weather this way.”
The first fair, a May Day celebration in 2010, was a huge success, despite the chilly temperatures.
“Well over 1,000 people came through,” Morris said.
This year’s fair is scheduled for Saturday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Waverly. Many of the same activities are planned, along with a few additions.
“It also coincides with the city-wide garage sale, so it should be quite busy,” Morris said.
One new attraction is a classic car show. There is no charge for a spot, and anyone who would like to show a vehicle can contact the Montrose-Waverly Chamber of Commerce.
Local author Chris Husom will be heading up a book reading/signing event at Waverly’s village hall.
“We’ll have about six local authors there,” Morris said.
Husom has written four books, and she recently got one of them into Barnes & Noble.
“She’s one of the top 100 crime writers in Canada,” Morris said. “It’s fun to read her books, because they’re based in Wright County. She calls it ‘Winnebago County,’ but you can pick out places that she’s talking about.”
Local musical talent will also be on display, with several musicians playing throughout the day. They will be broadcast live on KRWC, and some will have CDs available for purchase.
Waterball, art, and pie
“This year, we will again have water games with the fire departments,” Morris said. “That was huge hit last year. We had six teams competing.”
For the competition, area fire departments use the water spray from their hoses to keep a large ball in the air.
Carriage rides also will be available, as well as pony rides, face painting, a pie-eating contest, and inflatable jump houses for children.
Several artists and crafters will have booths in Waverly’s village hall and at Railroad Park. The cost to be a vendor is $100.
“Last year, we had about 40 vendors,” Morris said. “We’d like to see more.”
Inside the village hall, there will be student artwork on display from the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School District.
A free pet parade will take place at 10 a.m. Pet owners are encouraged to contact the chamber if they’d like to participate.
Food for all
Plenty of tasty food will also be available, including hot dogs, hamburgers, mini donuts, kettle corn, beer, and more.
“Waverly Café will be having pork chops on a stick, which was very popular last year,” Morris said.
This year, all the festivities will take place in Waverly.
“Next year, we’ll move it to Montrose,” Morris said.
The craft and community fair is an inexpensive way to enjoy a day with family and friends, according to Morris.
“Come and have some fun with us,” she said.
For more information about the fair, registering a vendor booth, or participating in an event, contact Morris at (763) 790-2236 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
To get a registration form online, check out the “Montrose-Waverly Craft and Community Fair registration form” link by clicking here.