By Ivan Raconteur
The schedule for the Prairie Days festival in Lester Prairie is packed with activities for all ages, and one of the best things about it, according to organizer Melissa Williams, is that many of the events are free, making it an ideal event for families.
Several new events have been added this year, as well.
A free BB gun shoot, sponsored by the National Turkey Federation, will be available from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.
There will be a 3-D archery shoot for kids sponsored by the Prairie Archers from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at Sunrise Nature Park along McLeod County Road 9.
Another new event Friday will be a kids tractor pedal pull sponsored by Full Throttle Services starting at 6 p.m.
A little tykes play area has been added this year for toddlers.
The annual city versus country softball game will start at 7 p.m. Friday at the softball field.
Saturday’s events will begin with a 5K race at 8 a.m., followed by a kids run at 9:15 a.m.
The craft sale and farmers market will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
The 4-H farm animals will be on display from 9 to 11 a.m.
Fun games and bouncy house for kids, sponsored by Bethel Lutheran Church, will be available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Prairie Arts Council is sponsoring bingo from 10 a.m. to noon.
The kiddie parade, followed by the kids treasure hunt, sponsored by Herald Journal and Litzau Excavating, will begin at 11 a.m.
A bean bag tournament, sponsored by the Dodge House, will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
An exotic animal show, sponsored by the Lester Prairie Park Board, will run from noon to 1 p.m.
A roll-in car show is scheduled from noon to 3 p.m.
“A Day at the Museum,” will take place at the Lester Prairie Art Center (above Angvall Hardware) from 1 to 4 p.m.
A puppet show by Grace Bible Church is scheduled at 1 p.m.
The frozen T-shirt contest, paper airplane throw, and recess games will start at 2 p.m.
Balloon animals will be available in the art tent starting at 2 p.m.
A beer goggles challenge will take place at 3 p.m.
The annual parade will start at 6 p.m., and the ambassadors coronation will start at 7 p.m.
Fireworks, sponsored by First Community Bank and Rite Way Manufacturing, are scheduled at 10 p.m.
Sunday events include church under the tent at 9:30 a.m., sponsored by St. Paul Lutheran Church.
A community education breakfast will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at the high school cafeteria.
An entertaining weekend
Friday entertainment will include a lip synch contest sponsored by the Lester Prairie Business Association from 5 to 6 p.m.
Music from the “Standing in Line” band is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m.
And Chopper, the nuttiest DJ, will take over from 8 p.m. to midnight.
Saturday’s entertainment will begin with a talent show from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Blake Klaustermeier will provide concertina music from 11 a.m. to noon.
Phyllis Hummel and the Swinging Country Band are scheduled from noon to 1 p.m.
The Froemming Family Band (bluegrass/gospel) will perform from 1 to 2 p.m.
Pianist Hannah Leverich will play from 2 to 2:30 p.m.
Local student musicians will perform from 2:30 to 3 p.m.
The band “Pour” is scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m.
The “Roadhouse 6” band will take the stage from 8:30 p.m. to midnight.
Watch for a photo gallery of Prairie Days images at www.herald-journal.com. Photos will be posted during and after the festival.