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The Little Miss Sunshine pageant will be back again this year for little girls to show off their pretty dresses and smiles. It will be Saturday, Aug. 17, from 10 to 11 a.m. behind the Cormorant Store. SUBMITTED PHOTO

A revived tradition is returning again this summer for its third year. Cormorant Daze will fill Aug. 17 with fun activities for every age.

Tricia Maloney, one of the coordinators of Cormorant Daze along with Tammy Odegaard, said planning for the event is a collaborative effort, involving many businesses and members of the community. It’s a joint endeavor, and Maloney said those involved, “kind of all co-chair.”

Cormorant Daze has expanded this year to include even more events, and will run later into the evening than it has in past years.

The festivities begin at 7 a.m. with coffee and sweet rolls available for purchase at the Cormorant Store.

A silent auction will be held in the Cormorant Pub to raise funds for Cormorant Daze 2014 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., providing an opportunity for the community to help support and carry the tradition into the future.

Local Village businesses will feature Crazy Daze sales at various locations throughout the day, offering large discounts.

Exercise for a good cause and register for the Cormorant Lutheran Church 5k run or walk at 8 a.m.  A freewill offering will be collected as a registration fee, and the first 50 participants will receive Special Olympics visors.

The race starts at 8:30, and will benefit the 2014 Pelican Rapids Special Olympics. Sue Carpenter, an organizer of the event, said the 5k will be “very family oriented.” She encourages dogs, kids and walkers with strollers to participate.

The Cormorant Lions will host a pancake feed at the Community Center from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Savor some warm, syrupy goodness with family, friends and neighbors.

Check out the items offered for sale at the Craft Show and Flea Market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. behind the Cormorant Store.

Chainsaw demonstrations have been a favorite event during the past Cormorant Daze, and this summer Brian Beto will share his talents from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Unleash your inner bookworm at a Community Used Book Sale, held in the Community Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., “Cormorants Crazy Clowns,” will roam the Village. Maloney describes the clowns’ activities as “just some fun wandering,” with balloons and suckers.

The library is offering the opportunity of a Historical Room Tours from 10 a.m. to noon.

“We always have a big car show,” Maloney said, and this year registration will begin at 9 a.m. behind the Cormorant Store. The show will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and members of the community and spectators will vote to determine a winner. Awards will be presented at 2:30 p.m. on the Village Entertainment Stage.

Gather the family together for the excitement of a horse drawn wagon ride throughout the Village, trotting through town from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Water World “Water Ballz” will allow both adults and kids to enter large translucent balls and “walk” on the water from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. behind the Cormorant Store.

Free blood pressure testing will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon between the Bottle Shop and Serenity Salon. The testing is sponsored by Lake Park First Alert.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Ordell Braton will appear in the Cormorant Pub Parking Lot.

At lunchtime, pay a visit to the Cormorant Lakes Sportsman’s Club Food Booth, located behind the Cormorant Store. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., they’ll be serving up brats, hotdogs, barbecues, and some other treats and beverages.

For dessert, pick up a treat at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation “Pie and Ice Cream Social,” sponsored in part by the Becker County Dairy Association. It will be open from noon to 2 p.m. in the Cormorant Community Center.

The Cormorant Pub will open its Beer Garden at 11 a.m.

“The Beer Garden is going to consist of beverages for kids and adults,” Maloney said, in addition to a variety of food options.

From 3 to 5 p.m. try your skill in the horseshoe and beanbag tournaments, with bike giveaways at 4 p.m., sponsored by the Cormorant Pub and Cormorant Store.

The Purple Pan People, a steel drum group from the area, will perform on the Village Entertainment Stage from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., followed by Erhard Opry from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Doc & the Scrubs will entertain the crowd in the Cormorant Pub Parking Lot from 3 to 7 p.m.

“We try to attract all ages,” Maloney said, and Cormorant Daze will feature many activities geared specifically for kids.

A returning event, the Little Miss Sunshine Pageant will be held on the Village Entertainment Stage from 10 to 11 a.m.

Registration for the Kids Tractor Peddle Pull begins at 10 a.m., and the competition starts at 11. Check out the Children’s Barrel Train Rides in the Cormorant Pub parking lot from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., before heading to a blowup kids’ fun house in the Community Center Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Let the little ones express their creativity with free kids crafts, offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Community Center.

Children can get competitive with Kids Minnow Races in the Community Center Park from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or a Hoola Hoop Contest at 11:30 a.m. in the Community Center — just be sure to bring your own hoop!  

Penny and Pals will entertain the crowd with their silly and creative award winning music, which promises to be entertaining for kids and parents alike. They’ll take the Village Entertainment Stage from noon to 1 p.m.

The day will culminate with The Roadhouse “Tune in Tokyo” at 9 p.m. with a 4-wheeler giveaway.

“If we get the good weather we’ll get the people,” Maloney said of the events running throughout the day.

“It’s a fun little Village out here,” she added.

For more information about Cormorant Daze, contact Tricia Maloney at 218-849-0615, or Tammy Odegaard at 218-849-3403.

Libby Larson | DL-Online