'Wild Rice Days' Packed with Fun Activities

August 29, 2017 12:12 PM

The City of McGregor has a jam-packed schedule for their 53rd annual 'Wild Rice Days.' To give us a preview of the fun, two members of the McGregor Area Chamber of Commerce stopped by the studio.

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At 53 years, 'Wild Rice Days' has a long history. Executive director of the McGregor Area Chamber, Kari Horbacz, explains that the process of harvesting wild rice is connected to many generations. She says there was trouble finding someone to come speak about wild rice at the festival due to the sheer amount of people harvesting the grain during this time of year.

Events kick off Thursday, August 31 with a family fun night in downtown McGregor. This includes activities for kids and food catered by Northwoods. The city will also be holding a vocal competition. Anyone is welcome to attend and belt out a tune. Two finalists from that competition will go down to the Twin Cities later this year to compete at a state level with Minnesota Sings!

Saturday, September 2 is another big day for families. Plenty of activities are on tap including a bouncy house and trampoline. Older folks can check out sidewalk sales, an auto show and arts and crafts. A grand parade takes place at 2 p.m. for all to enjoy.

Barbie Martz is the board president for the McGregor Area Chamber. She says on Saturday they will also be going around in a "button wagon" selling 'Wild Rice Day' buttons. People can buy $3 buttons to enter into a cash drawing. A grand prize of $750 will be given away. The second prize is $500 and the third prize is $200. Businesses will donate other prizes that will also be given away. Winners are announced at 4 p.m.

One of the main highlights of Sunday is the Lions Club 51st annual 'Corn Feed.' Those who attend can enjoy some food and beer, along with door prizes, cash drawings, games and more.

Throughout the weekend, live entertainment is played at different establishments throughout the city.

"It just keeps going and going," Horbacz exclaims.

Click here for a complete schedule of events.


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