By Kristen Miller
DASSEL, MN The rain made for an interesting Red Rooster Days weekend in Dassel, particularly for those who came out for the parade Saturday. By Monday, however, the rain had ceased, making for a nice end to the long weekend.
In the 29 years of the parade, rain has never caused the parade to cancel. “We came close on Saturday,” said Maribel Gilmer, who has been writing the history of Red Rooster Days.
Though in past years, Gilmer has marched in the parade with a rain coat, the parade carried on.
This year, the rain delayed the parade by about a half-hour, before the rain let up and the sun shone through.
Though the crowds were down, there were still a lot of people along the parade route, said Red Rooster Days Chair Chris Hansen. There were a few participants that decided to sit this parade out due to the untimeliness of the rain.
As to whether rain would have cause the parade to be called off, Hansen said that would be something the committee would have to discuss.
The rain was sporadic throughout the weekend, and ultimately canceled only one event for the weekend the chamber-sponsored Movie in the Park. It has not yet been communicated if this will be rescheduled.
The Minnesota Minn-e-Rods event went on as scheduled, though the bean bag tournament was interrupted due to rain.
Sunday evening, the rain turned to a mist just in time for the fireworks display at Spring Lake Park. The brat feed, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus was down in numbers, with only about half sold out, Hansen commented.
The rain held up Monday resulting in a good crowd at the ball park for the barbecue chicken dinner, with 2,800 halves of chicken sold.
Although the field was too wet to use for the antique car show, the west side of the ball park accommodated it nicely, Hansen noted.
Attendees also may have had to dodge a few puddles of water along the grounds from the heavy rains.
“Overall, it was the best we could put forth,” Hansen commented, adding that he appreciates the volunteers who helped make it possible.
See Monday's Enterprise Dispatch for photos from the event, or click here.