By Kristen Miller
DASSEL, MN There will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy the final days of summer during the 54th annual Red Rooster Days, which begins Friday in Dassel.
This year, the carnival returns to the festival, with the midway opening at 4 p.m. Friday on Atlantic Avenue.
For a relaxing evening under the stars, come to the ballpark for Movie in the Park featuring “Madagascar.”
Returning for its second year is the 3-on-3 basketball tournament, which will take place Saturday in the Crest parking lot in Industrial Park starting at 9 a.m.
Last year, there were 27 teams (fourth grade to adult) and this year they’re hoping for 40 teams.
To register, contact Ryan Nelson (320) 699-1442 or Dave Sangren at (320) 212-6184.
This year’s 28th annual Red Rooster Days parade is expected to have the most entrants to date. The parade, which will begin on Fifth Street (see new parade route and lineup details), takes place at 3 p.m. Saturday, followed by an ice cream social at Gethsemane Lutheran Church.
The Red Rooster Fine Arts Show’s artists reception takes place at the History Center Community Room Sunday at 2 p.m. and includes awards presentation. The public is welcome.
Saturday evening, the Dassel Ambassadors coronation takes place in the Dassel-Cokato Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m.
Following the coronation will be the Dassel Jam, featuring a plethora of local artists through the years on Atlantic Avenue, sponsored by Thirsty’s Tavern. Gates open at 8 p.m., and the music starts at 8:30 p.m.
The Sew Friendly Quilt Show at Red Rooster Days this year will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. The guild will raffle off a quilt valued around $2,000, that was made in collaboration with the guild members.
Tickets will be available at the show or by any guild member. All the proceeds will go toward future guild programing and community projects.
Other events Sunday include the Minnesota Minn-E-Rod tractor pull at 2 p.m. on Atlantic Avenue, a brat feed at 6 p.m. at Spring Lake County Park, and a fireworks show at dusk.
The festivities continue Monday with a five-mile run and a one-mile run/walk, a classic car and antique tractor show, and plenty of other fun, family-friendly entertainment and activities at the Dassel Ball Park.
The famous barbecue chicken dinner will be served Monday, rain or shine, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., or until gone, at the ball park.
Volunteers are still needed to help in the barbecue pits. Call Paul Holm at (320) 275-4562 to be assigned a shift, or just show up.
ee full schedule in Monday's Enterprise Dispatch.