By Starrla Cray
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN A frozen T-shirt contest, a talent show, and free swimming this is just a tiny sampling of what’s planned in Lester Prairie soon.
Most of the excitement will take place Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27, although an outdoor church service and community education breakfast are set for Sunday morning.
The first event Friday is free swimming at the Lester Prairie pool from 1 to 7 p.m. Also that afternoon will be disc golf (2 p.m.), open archery at Sunrise Nature Park (4 p.m.), a raptor show downtown (6 p.m.), city vs. country softball game (7 p.m.), a frozen T-shirt contest (7:30 p.m.), a National Guard obstacle course downtown (5 to 10 p.m.), and a movie at the baseball field (9 p.m.)
The food and beer tent, along with the art tent, and other games, will open at 5 p.m. Hammerschlagen will take place from 7 to 11 p.m.
Musical entertainment planned that evening includes Blake Klaustermeier from 5 to 6 p.m.; Prairiegrass Band from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; and Menace (rock music) starting at 9 p.m.
Have a blast Saturday
Saturday’s festivities get underway at 8 a.m. with the 5k fun run/walk downtown. All morning, coffee and sweets will be served by the Road House Coffee Shop of Winsted. Events that start at 9 a.m. include the craft show/farmers market downtown, farm animals sponsored by area 4-H clubs, and Lester’s Got Talent.
Lester’s Got Talent, sponsored by the youth task force and Methamphetamine Education and Drug Awareness (MEADA), will also take place downtown Saturday morning, with a chance to win Lester Prairie Bucks. To sign up, stop by Lester Prairie High School.
“We have prizes for three age groups,” organizer Melissa Williams noted.
Ages 11 and under will receive $30 for first place, $20 for second place, and $10 for third place.
Twelve to 18-year-olds will receive $50 for first, $40 for second, and $30 for third.
Prizes for ages 19 and older will be $75, $50, and $40.
“Food, beanbags, and bingo will all begin Saturday morning, too,” Williams noted.
A few attractions for young people include an art tent starting at 10 a.m.; bouncy house at 10:30 a.m.; kiddie parade and treasure hunt at 11 a.m.; and recess games at 1 p.m.
A car show will begin at noon. To learn more, contact Larry Hoof at (320) 395-2604.
Hammerschlagen will be from noon to 5 p.m., and again from 8 to 11 p.m.
Crops permitting, a free sweet corn feed might take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. A new game, “Minute to Win it” will be played from 1 to 3 p.m.
“It’s a competitive game for teams of four,” Williams noted. “The first place team wins $80 in Lester Prairie Bucks, which can be used in any store in Lester Prairie. The games are silly, but different. You don’t have to know your teammates, so just show up and we will plug you in.”
Saturday’s music lineup includes Blake Klaustermeier at 11 a.m.; state champion pianist Hannah Leverich at noon; Winsted Community Choir at 3 p.m.; Last Man Standing (Christian rock) at 4 p.m.; and Standing in Line (pop rock from 1950s to present) at 9 p.m.
The grand parade will start at 6 p.m. To learn more, contact Dawn Lamott at (612) 644-0152. Coronation at Central Square Park will follow the parade.
Memorials will be presented on the gazebo sidewalk at 10:30 p.m., and fireworks will be shot off at dusk.
Want to know more?
To register for events or to volunteer, contact Melissa Williams at (320) 395-8433. For more information, go to Lester Prairie Prairie Days.