By Starrla Cray
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN Prairie Days has a promising future, thanks to Danny and Dawn LaMott, who agreed to take charge after the previous coordinators announced their retirement recently.
“We’re going to take it over and try to get other businesses involved,” Danny said.
He and his sister, Dawn, have co-owned The Dodge House in Lester Prairie since 2004. During the week, Danny also works full time at Millerbernd Manufacturing in Winsted.
A Prairie Days planning meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27 at The Dodge House (22 Juniper St. N).
“Any business or organization interested in doing something for Prairie Days, or anybody who wants to volunteer to help, is welcome,” Danny said.
He plans to form committees, and meet once a month until January.
“Then, we’ll go to the council and get everything set in stone,” Danny said.
Although Prairie Days is still several months away, Danny said it is never too early to start planning.
“We’ve almost got our bands booked,” he said. “You’ve got to book bands almost a year in advance.”
DiamondBack will be playing one of the nights, and Danny is hoping to secure another popular band for the second night.
“We’re going to run a two-day deal,” he said, but added that the organization of the event will be different than in previous years.
For example, each person on the committee will be assigned one activity.
“That way, they can focus on one thing,” Danny said.
Lester Prairie businesses will be invited to participate however they’d like, with a portion of their gross sales donated back to Prairie Days.
Alcoholic beverages will most likely be sold under the tent by The Dodge House and One Eyed Willy’s, and hamburgers will be provided by the Lester Prairie Fire Department.
Also, if Danny and Dawn can get enough teams for softball and kickball tournaments, Prairie Days will probably be moved to Lester Prairie City Park.
“I would like to get 12 teams for softball,” he said.
A mini-rod pull, sand volleyball tournament, and 64-team beanbag tournament are also on the list of potential additions.
Some of the Prairie Days favorites are expected to remain the same, such as the Lester Prairie Ambassador Program, car/tractor show, 5K run, parade, and various other activities.
Danny said he’s planning to have a cover charge for the bands in the evening, similar to many other successful festivals.
“By getting more money, we can spend more on the bands,” he said.
Danny, a 1999 Lester Prairie High School graduate, and Dawn, who graduated in 1997, enjoyed attending Lester Prairie’s annual event growing up, and they are excited to keep the community get-together around for years to come.
“It’s good for everybody,” Danny said. “We want to try to get everyone involved.”
For more information, contact The Dodge House at (320) 395-2877.