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Vergas gets a little looney

Step just outside Becker County with Vergas Looney Days, held in the beautiful little town of Vergas in Otter Tail County.

Looney Days will extend from August 12 through 15.

Kevin Flynn -- the chairman of Vergas Looney Days -- has been involved for several years, but wasn't in charge until this year.

"This is my fourth year being a part of it, and my first year being the chair person," said Flynn.

With plenty of managerial experience under his belt, though -- as being president of the Vergas Community Club and owner of Billy's Corner Bar and Grill -- Flynn is taking his newfound responsibility in stride.

In fact, he is very excited.

"It's a chance for Vergas to shine," he said. "It's our town festival."

Flynn is especially excited for this year's Looney Days, which he says will make the festival even better than before -- namely, for the kids.

"We're gonna use Loon Field for a lot of kids games," he said.

"The Vergas Loons (the area amateur baseball team) are gonna put on a clinic for the kids on Saturday," he added.

Looney Days is far from an exclusive kids event, though. There will be something for every taste in fun and entertainment.

"We've got four days worth of events," Flynn said, "something for the entire family

A few of the events at this year include: a Miss Vergas and Miss Altona Pagaent at 7 on Thursday night, August 12; a Vergas "All City Happy Hour" on Friday; a loon calling contest on Saturday at 11:30 a.m.; and Turtle Races on Main Street at 3:30 on Sunday.

There will also be several concerts throughout the festival as well, put on by popular area performers such as the Fat Cats and Tim Mahoney.

Flynn invites everyone that comes to Looney Days, older than 21, to "stop in for a beer and a burger" at Billy's. Minors can just have the burger.

Flynn has high hopes for this year's Looney Days, and hopes, God willing, that it will be the most successful thus far.

"Hopefully the weather's nice and we can make a great weekend of it," he said.