Picture-perfect weather greeted the attendees of this year’s 55th Annual Wild Rice Days celebration once again.
The events are held over Labor Day weekend. Arts and crafts vendors were set up along Maddy Street on Friday and a bean bag tournament was held at Buckhorn Bar. Saturday’s events kicked off with a Family Fun Walk/Run and breakfast specials, including the traditional and popular VFW wild rice pancake breakfast. The remainder of the day was filled with activities for all ages – the Auto Show sponsored by Grand Timber Bank and fun for youth with Bounce on Air, Water Wars and much more. Craft and food vendors were lined up as far as one could see. There were numerous wild rice food specials and entertainment including live bands, karaoke, and even an Elvis impersonator.
The McGregor Area Chamber of Commerce sold out of Wild Rice Days buttons by 1:15 on Saturday – 1,200 in all! There is still prize money to be claimed. The first prize of $500 was recently claimed by Darla, who attended Wild Rice Days to celebrate her birthday. She also won a $50 Zorbaz gift card. The second place prize of $300 will be awarded to the holder of button #1167 and the third place $100 prize can be claimed with button #0235. They are still unclaimed. Check your button numbers and notify the McGregor Area Chamber of Commerce within 30 days of the event if you have one of the winning numbers.
Paulette Passer, retired McGregor Schools head elementary secretary, led the parade down Main Street as this year’s grand marshal. Big Sandy Lodge & Resort was the winner of this year’s best parade entry in the Grand Parade. They were awarded a prize of Chamber Bucks to be used at local merchants.
The winner of this year’s frozen t-shirt contest and $200 was Ryan Ward, Cambridge. Misty Owen, Bobby Newell and their families found the Wild Rice Days medallion and won the $500 prize.
Lions Corn Feed
The Wild Rice Days festivities continued at the 53rd Annual Lions Corn Feed on Sunday, Sept. 1. The Lions served up 6,500 ears of corn on the cob dripping with melted butter and sold out of corn! There were also many activities for kids, including a bouncy house, dunk tank and face painting. There were also bingo sessions, a wide variety of food and beverages, family friendly karaoke and time to just visit, relax and mingle on a beautiful late-summer day.
Proceeds from the corn feed support the McGregor community, including many school programs and
Evelyne “Freddie” Johnson is the oldest VFW Auxiliary member at 96 years and nine months old…