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Wolf Lake to celebrate 35th Harvest Festival Aug. 17-18

Participants in the 2018 Wolf Lake Pageant include: (Back row, left to right) Anna-Mae DeGroat, Bryley Breun, Jamie Erno, Junior Miss Wolf Lake 2017 Kodian Schermerhorn, Miss Wolf Lake 2017 Gabrielle Splonskowski, Wolf Lake Princess 2017 Sarah Aschnewitz, Wolf Lake Junior Princess 2017 Kendall Krueger-Pierce, Kelsie Heyer, Karli Bachmann, Rachel LeMasters; (front row) Lizzy Geving, Little Princess 2017 Charlie Butler, Little Miss Wolf Lake 2017 Akaiya Birky, Lilly DeBlieck and Payson Oelfke.

The 35th Annual Wolf Lake Harvest Festival is set to take place this coming Friday and Saturday, Aug. 17-18.

"Dirt on My Boots" is the theme for the 2018 fest, which kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Friday with the Miss, Little Miss and Jr. Miss Wolf Lake Pageant at the Lions Hall in Wolf Lake.

Candidates for the Miss Wolf Lake title are Kelsie Heyer, the 17 year old daughter of Chris and Jennie Heyer; and Jamie Erno, the 17 year old daughter of Justin Brown and Kim Kowles.

Heyer, a student at Detroit Lakes High School, has one sister, Katie. Sponsored by Moore Engineering, Heyer says she signed up for the pageant because she would like the opportunity to serve as an ambassador for the town of Wolf Lake.

Erno, a student at Menahga High School, has one brother, Ryan and four sisters, Alyssa, Autumn, Chelsea and Corrie Ann. She says she decided to run because she thought it would be a fun thing to do, and to meet new people.

Junior Miss Wolf Lake candidates include Karli Bachmann, the 12 year old daughter of Jake and Shantel Bachmann; Bryley Breun, the 11 year old daughter of Bruce and Alli Breun; Anna-Mae DeGroat, the 12 year old daughter of Loren and Mellisa Swenson; and Rachel LeMasters, the 11 year old daughter of Ashley Dow and Shane Quittschrieber.

Bachmann, a student at Frazee High School, has one brother, Wiley. Sponsored by J2 Hauling, she says she wanted to run for the Junior Miss title because she would be proud to represent Wolf Lake.

Breun, a student at Frazee Elementary School, has five brothers, Ryder, Cannon, Finn, Toby and Breccan, and three sisters, Nevaeh, Mia and Creedyn. Sponsored by the Wolf Lake Snowmobile Club, she says she decided to run because she wanted to meet new people.

DeGroat, a student at Frazee High School, has two brothers, Brandon and Thomas and two sisters, Isabelle and Chelsea. Sponsored by Evergreen Outdoor Services, she says she wanted to run because her cousin said it would be a great experience.

LeMasters, a student at Frazee High School, has two brothers, Zack and Treyton and one sister, Savannah. She says she decided to run for the title because she had so much fun last year, she wanted to try again.

Little Miss Wolf Lake candidates include Lizzy Geving, the 7 year old daughter of Mike Geving and Mae Hedlund; Lilly DeBlieck, the 7 year old daughter of Adam and Jenifer DeBlieck; and Payson Oelfke, the 5 year old daughter of Darrin and Melinda Oelfke.

Geving, a student at Frazee Elementary School, has one brother, Gunnar, and four sisters, McKenzie, McKalen, Emily and Maci. Sponsored by Big Horn Senior Solutions, Lizzy says she wanted to run for Little Miss Wolf Lake because she wants to be in a parade and wants to help others be in pageants.

DeBlieck, a student at Park Rapids Elementary School, has one brother Johnathan. Sponsored by Deblieck Budget Auto, she says she decided to run because she wanted to have fun and meet new friends.

Oelfke, who will soon be a student at Frazee Elementary School, has one brother, Henrick. Sponsored by Newling Asphalt Services, she says she wanted to run for Little Miss Wolf Lake because there were lots of new girls she could make friends with through the pageant process.

For more information on Friday's pageant, please contact Andrea Yliniemi, 218-252-5618.

Also on Friday night, there will be a Quad Meat Raffle at the Wolf Lake Liquor Store at 7 p.m., followed by a dance in the liquor store parking lot from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., featuring DJ "Rock Star Entertainment."

The fun starts again early Saturday morning, so kick the dirt off your boots and head over to the liquor store to sign up for the UNC Cross Country 5K Walk/Run. Registration gets underway at 7 a.m., with the race starting at 8 a.m.

Community residents are also invited to do their part in saving lives by taking part in the Wolf Lake Blood Drive, which gets underway at 8 a.m. and continues until 1 p.m. outside the Wolf Lake Rescue Hall. To register, call Jared Sikkila, 218-850-0448, or go to www.bloodhero.com.

Kids' games will take place from 11 a.m. to noon, with a bouncy house opening up at 10 a.m. and continuing through 1:30 p.m.; both of these activities will take place on the grassy area west of the Klondike Cafe.

The Wolf Lake Lions will serve dinner from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Lions Hall. Admission is a free will donation.

There will also be a dunk tank set up on the grassy area west of the Klondike. Sponsored by Lakes Area Cooperative, the event runs from noon to 2 p.m. Cost is $2 to throw six balls.

The Harvest Fest Parade gets underway at 2 p.m. Saturday, featuring grand marshals Harold and Sandy Mickelson.

Also on Saturday afternoon, there will be caricature drawing by Nate Luetgers in front of the liquor store, starting at noon; music by the Racoon Antlers, 1-5 p.m.; Knockerball Soccer at Christ Lutheran Church, starting 30 minutes after the parade ends; and a Bean Bag Toss in front of the Kinnunen Store starting at 3 p.m.

Also Saturday afternoon is the Tug-O-War at 4 p.m., in the northeast corner of the mud pit. There is no cost to enter, and the winners will have bragging rights for next year. The Tug-O-War will be followed by the Mud Run at the same location, starting at 5 p.m. The prize is a $250 split-the-pot for the fastest time overall. To enter, contact Ken Phillips at 218-639-6354.

The raffle drawing begins at 7 p.m., and winners need not be present to take one of the cash prizes, which are $500 for first place, $250 for second place, $100 for third place, $50 for fourth and fifth place and $25 for sixth and seventh place.

The fun concludes with a street dance featuring the music of Audio Throttle, which takes place from 8 p.m. to midnight.

There will also be plenty of tasty food available throughout the day on Saturday, from the Ladies Auxiliary, Debbie's Mini Donuts, Wild Walley and the 4-H Ice Cream Booth. For more information about the festival, including a full schedule, visit the website at www.WLHarvestFest.com, or check out the festival's Facebook page.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 17 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

(218) 844-1454
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