By Kristen Miller
DARWIN, MN It’s been 20 years since Francis Johnson’s ball of twine was moved to the city of Darwin, giving the folks there a reason to celebrate. This year’s celebration will take place Saturday.
The twine ball was delivered in June 1991, and September of that following year the first Twine Ball Celebration took place.
The Trust Steering committee at the time organized the first Twine Ball Celebration in an effort to raise funds for the building of a gazebo and to establish a museum fund.
Among those involved in the first Twine Ball Celebration were Thea Underhill, Orlan Cervin, Harlan Johnson, Diane Porth, Jack Schuester, Mike Brooks, Dee Orzolek, Jeanne Goemer, and Chris Hansen, along with several volunteers.
Although the first celebration took place in September, it was soon moved up to the second weekend in August.
Currently serving on what has later been named the Twine Ball committee are Chris Hansen, Patti and Brian Burdick, Diane Porth, Jenny Smith, Shawn Hansen, Ken Porth, and Mike Brooks.
The celebration began as a two-day event, but has since become one day jam-packed with events starting at 8 a.m. when the sand volleyball tournament begins.
Following, at 9 a.m., is the craft and collectibles fair on Williams Street.
The Darwin Lions Club begin serving 1919 Root Beer, hamburgers, brats, and beer at 9:30 a.m.
This year, as in the past 19 years, the Lions Club will have a 20th anniversary commemorative mug, at $6 filled.
A kids’ pedal tractor pull will take place on main street at 10 a.m., with registration at 9:30 a.m.
The parade begins at 12:30 p.m., and always brings in a crowd, as does the Minnesota Minn-e-Rod, which begins on main street at 2:30 p.m. Bring your ear plugs!
The barbecue pork chop dinner provided by the Darwin Freezer will be served from 4 until 7 p.m. The menu includes pork chop, potato salad, baked beans, dinner roll, and beverage for $8. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Darwin Museum.
Music featuring Backroads will take place in the park from 7 to 11 p.m.
Since it’s the 20th year, there will be 20 cash prizes given away, starting at 8:30 p.m. a $220 cash prize, $120 cash prize, and eighteen $20 cash prizes.