Cormorant Daze resurrected
Residents of the Cormorant Village are pulling together to bring back an old tradition.
For the first time in roughly 20 years (the time-frame is debatable amongst residents), the community is putting together Cormorant Daze for Saturday, Aug. 20.
Tammy Odegaard and Tricia Maloney are co-chairs of the event after coming up with the idea last winter.
"And everybody just ran with it," Odegaard said. "We have so many local businesses and organizations that have donated cash to make this happen again."
Although Odegaard and Maloney say they're not sure why the old Cormorant Daze tradition died off for a couple of decades, they do know the community is thrilled to have it back.
"We thought if we could just have one day absolutely full of fun events instead of two like it used to be, people would hopefully come out and relax and just have a nice summer day," said Odegaard.
That nice, summer day is the sticking point that has event organizers crossing their fingers for good weather.
"We have all our musical entertainment outside and lots of events, so hopefully it's a nice day," Odegaard said.
The day starts off bright and early with the Cormorant Lutheran Church 5K Run/Walk.
Registration begins at 7 a.m., with the race starting at 7:30.
The free-will donations to participate go to benefit the church's Casa De Fe Orphan Mission.
The Cormorant Lions Pancake Feed will be "carbing" people up for the day, with their breakfast going from 7-11 a.m. in the Community Center.
Not only is the day deemed a sort of unofficial "crazy day" for local retailers clearancing out their summer merchandise, but a craft show/flea market will also "sprinkle" the village.
"What we're doing is placing the 40-some vendors in different places all over the village so that people can just walk all over to see them all, while also visiting the local businesses," said Maloney.
She says their goal was to provide activities for every age group, starting with children.
There will be a Kids Tractor Peddle Pull at 11 a.m. (with registration beginning at 8:30 at the Community Center Park), as well as free kids crafts at the library from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Kids Minnow Races also begin at 10 a.m. at the Community Center Park and a Hoola Hoop Contest at 11.
A Classic Car show will be revving up participants from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. behind the Cormorant Store.
"And this is a big reason we hope it's nice weather because I know those guys won't want to bring their prized possessions out in the rain," laughed Maloney.
Parking will be provided outside of the village, and although the walk isn't very far into the festivities, there will be Horse Drawn Wagon Rides from 10 to 2.
"A local man has some horses, so he's going to hook them up to a wagon with some hay and bring people around, so that should be fun," Odegaard said.
Being a strong lakes community, the Minnesota DNR will be there with a display on Aquatic Hitchikers at the Cormorant Pub Parking Lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Chainsaw sculptor Charlie Kirchenwitz will also be at the Pub at the same time showing off his woody art.
The Becker County Dairy Association will showcase its "Living Ag Display" from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Community Center Park.
The Country Twirlers and the North Star Cloggers will be dancing their way into the festival at 1 p.m. in the Community Center.
"Oh, some of those ladies are older than I am," laughed Maloney, "but it's so neat to watch them dance -- I get winded just watching them!"
Local businesses and residents have donated silent auction items with proceeds to benefit next year's Cormorant Daze.
That goes from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cormorant's Crazy Clowns will be goofing off around town from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
"They're youth from the Cormorant Lutheran Church who will be dressed up as clowns, giving away balloons and things like that," Maloney said.
And if that doesn't keep kids occupied, the Blowup Kids Fun House might.
That will be set up at the Community Center Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A shortage of food will not be an issue at Cormorant Daze.
The Cormorant Lakes Sportsman's Club will be dishing up their sweet corn on the cob and ice cold watermelon by the slice from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. behind the Cormorant Store.
The ever-popular Cormorant Pub will also be having beer and drink gardens and food concessions, a bike giveaway, as well as a horseshoe tournament and free bingo with prizes.
The Village Entertainment Stage will also be featuring one act after another throughout the day, including various musical acts and Zumba and Tae Kwon Do demonstrations.
For those not quite dead-beat tired at the end of the day, Chopper's Bar has "The Dead Beats" band playing outside starting at 9 p.m.
"It's a throwback to quieter, easier times," said Odegaard, "Everybody is in such a hurry these days, and this is just a chance to come and have a lazy summer day in the village with friends and family."