By Ivan Raconteur
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN There will be a Prairie Days festival in Lester Prairie this year, and it will include many new family-friendly events, according to organizer Melissa Williams.
This will be Williams’ first year organizing the event, and she is looking for volunteers to help run activities, as well as provide ideas for events they would like to see.
Prairie Days will take place Friday and Saturday, July 26-27.
One of Williams’ goals is to add activities that will be fun for people of all ages.
There will be music and games downtown starting at 5 p.m. Friday.
People will have a chance to see a variety of reptiles during an animal show sponsored by the Lester Prairie Park Board.
A country-versus-city softball game will take place at the City Park starting at 7 p.m. Friday, followed by a movie at the baseball field beginning at 9 p.m.
One new event this year is hammerschlagen a game with hammers and nails. More information about this will be announced later.
This year’s festival will include an art tent both days. A schedule will be posted with activities organized by age group during the festival.
A 5k fun run will take place Saturday morning. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Crafters will be featured downtown from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Also on Saturday, the Bergen Busy Bees 4-H group will display animals downtown.
A kiddie parade and treasure hunt are being planned for Saturday.
Williams hopes to organize a talent show Saturday. Adult volunteers are still needed to help run it.
Williams also hopes to feature a battle of the bands Saturday.
Larry Hoof is organizing a car roll-in from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.
A free corn feed is scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
There will be fun games, such as three-legged races and sack races, and Williams hopes to organize a tug-of-war between local churches.
She is also looking for volunteers for turtle races.
A parade, which has been a Prairie Days standard, is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, followed by the ambassador coronation.
Williams is looking for commodore candidates. Those nominated should be upstanding citizens who have volunteered to help the Lester Prairie community, she said.
Businesses and individuals are encouraged to sign up to work shifts in the food booth. This will not require serving alcohol.
Williams hopes to offer live music both days, possibly including bluegrass music Saturday.
“We are trying to make it more family-friendly,” Williams said.
Williams noted she is starting the event with no money, and donations will be accepted.
Anyone who wants more information, or wishes to volunteer to help with any of the activities may contact Amber Lamp: email@example.com or Williams at (320) 395-8433 or firstname.lastname@example.org.