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Ogema Days this weekend

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Three-on-three basketball, water fights, a mud run for 4-wheelers, keg toss, scavenger hunt, and even a "quick draw shootout" -- this weekend's Ogema Days celebration is jam-packed with fun.

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The festivities get underway Friday morning with a special Customer Appreciation event at Ogema Community Bank, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"They serve grilled brats and hot dogs, chips, pop and ice cream, on the lawn next to the bank," said Mary Vasecka, Ogema's city clerk and a member of the Community Club, which hosts the event each year.

Also on Friday is a new event this year, the Kids' 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament starting at 6 p.m.

The tournament is open to all kids entering grades 3-6.

On Saturday, the fun gets started bright and early, with rummage sales from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Community Center.

Also at 8 a.m., registration begins for the 5K Run, which gets underway at 9 a.m. The participation fee is $10, and each person who signs up gets a free t-shirt, Vasecka said.

A 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament for adults (age 15 and up) gets underway at 9 a.m. in the fenced lot by the Community Bank. Registration is $30 per team.

At 11 a.m., a Kids' Carnival gets underway in the city ballpark, with inflatable games and more.

The carnival games continue until 5 p.m., and there will also be concessions available in the park throughout the day.

Also at 11 a.m., the park will host a bean bag tournament. Cost to register your team is $10 for the first 20 entries.

Then at 1 p.m., the Ogema Days Parade gets underway on Main Street. Participants are asked to line up starting at noon.

"We have a lot of area fire trucks, tractors and horses, as well as the usual floats," Vasecka said.

Participants can still sign up anytime between now and noon on Saturday, Vasecka noted.

Contact Wayne at 218-983-4318 or 218-204-0543 for more information.

Following the parade, there will be Bingo in the Park, and "what you win depends on the number of participants," Vasecka noted.

There are water fights at 2 p.m., with both kids' and adult divisions, and at 5 p.m., the 4-Wheeler Mud Run gets underway.

"They dig a pit, fill it with black dirt, then hose it down (to make mud)," Vasecka explained.

Participants drive their four-wheelers through the mud "until they get stuck," Vasecka said with a laugh.

The last vehicle still running wins, and there are seven racing divisions.

There will also be a keg toss in conjunction with the Mud Run, and at 8:30 p.m., the street dance begins.

"It's actually a street dance," Vasecka said.

"They block off the street in front of the liquor store and community center."

Beer and other beverages will be served throughout the dance, and live music will be provided by the band Bethany & the Bandits.

Admission is $9 per person, or $15 per couple. The dance continues until approximately 12:30 a.m.

On Sunday, Sept. 2, the festivities wind down with a Scavenger Hunt at 11 a.m.

Participants sign up at $10 per team, and the prize is winner-take-all. Riddles lead participants to various local landmarks and points of interest; the team that guesses the most clues correctly wins.

After the hunt, there will be a potluck dinner for the participants, and at 3 p.m., the festivities will end with a "Quick Draw Shoot-Out" in which participants mimic an old-fashioned gunfighter showdown on Main Street -- using paint pellets instead of bullets, of course.

The entry fee is $10, and "the last man standing wins the pot," Vasecka noted.

"It was a lot of fun last year (when it was new), so we expect this to be a popular event," Vasecka said.

Follow Detroit Lakes Newspapers reporter Vicki Gerdes on Twitter at @VickiLGerdes.

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Vicki Gerdes
Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers and editor of MN Boomers magazine for the past 13 years. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
(218) 847-3151
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