2012 participants wait to compete in slowest tractor race, part of the vendor expo is on the right and in the foreground is the teeter-tractor contraption.
It is that time of year again, school is back in session and Harvest Fest is right around the corner. You are invited to head on over to Main Street, Dodge Center September 13, 14 and 15 for a great time. There will be some new events as well as returning favorites from the past.
Freaky Friday Breaks Even
Friday evening starts off with Blair's Karaoke and Sumo wrestling. Participants will have the opportunity to strap on inflatable sumo wrestler costumes and grapple with their opponent. All proceeds from the sumo wrestling event will benefit the Dodge Center Veterans Memorial.
Men and women are encouraged to check out the new variation of the nail pounding contest, this year it will be a fastening contest. Instead of swinging hammers it sounds like you will be twisting screw drivers. Get those wrists in shape ladies and gents!
Being Friday the 13th, all are invited to celebrate Halloween early, and come in costume. Not only will it be fun, there is a chance to win cash prizes in the costume contest. There will be a Freaky Friday beer special too.
Friday night's free dance will feature the popular band Break Even, the group plays a wide variety of rock music from the 60's to today's hits.
Tractors, Ribs, Kids, Bean Bags,
Bingo and Expo
Rib Cook-off contestants will meet Saturday morning at 8 at Sunshine Foods to pick up their meat and registration forms. The ribs will be roasting at the city hall parking lot where you can stop over and see how things are smokin'. Sampling and judging will take place later in the afternoon.
While you are waiting to sample some ribs, stroll through the vendor expo to pass the time. Vendors selling a variety of products will be set up in the parking lot as well.
Also on Saturday the Tractor Show will be happening again this year, with slowest tractor and teeter tractor starting at 11a.m. The tractor show times were adjusted this year to make room for a new event, Harvest Fest will be hosting garden tractor pulls beginning at 3:30 p.m. which will take place on Main Street.
The Apple Pie and Apple Too contest has been discontinued this year.
The Dodge Center Public Library will be having a book sale 9 to noon and check out the classified section in the paper for area garage sales.
This year the Harvest Fest Committee has tried to offer more activities for the young and the young at heart. Saturday morning there will be kids Tractor Pedal Pulls. Registration is at 9 a.m. Then stick around for a transportation show where you can explore the insides of a garbage truck, a semi truck and other vehicles. There will be face painting, a visit from a clown and followed by the ice cream sandwich eating contest at 3p.m.
Bingo will be played in the tent form 1 to 4 p.m.
Stick around Saturday evening and participate in the bean bag tournament, registration is at 4 p.m. Musical entertainment from Good Vibrations will keep things lively.
Trouble Shootin' Fireworks
Trouble Shooter takes the stage at 8 for another free street dance. Weather dependent, a fireworks display will be happening after sunset. Raffle ticket winners will be drawn and announced at 11 p.m.
Cars and Cakes
On Sunday, you can have your pancake breakfast at the American Legion before or after you check out the Classic Car and Truck Show on Main Street.
"We will be serving our famous long horn burgers and brats Friday and Saturday," committee member Angela Eipers said. "Come join us for the 'People's Celebration' where there are no buttons to buy, no admissions to pay and no fences to jump." The Harvest Fest committee is deeply grateful for the event's many sponsors and expressed their appreciation in advance for all who come out and make the town festival a great event.
For information on the softball tournament going on throughout the weekend and other info. go to the Harvest Fest Facebook page.