Bigger and better: Audubon Summer Fest has more in store for second celebration
Audubon's Summer Fest is back for a second year in a big way, with all the same events that brought people out last year and some new ones to pump up the two-day festival.
"I'm excited for the outdoor movie this year. I hope we get a really good turnout for that," said Stephanie Poegel, one of the festival committee members.
Audubon Summer Fest kicks off on Friday, June 28, with the Junior Miss Summer Pageant, which is how the weekend began last year.
"We've got nine girls who are vying for Junior Miss this year," said Poegel, adding that the pageant is open to girls ages 8 to 12 who are living in or attending school in the Lake Park-Audubon school district.
Following the pageant is the outdoor movie in the city park. Poegel says they'll be playing it by ear with the weather, but she's hoping they'll kick things off around 8:30or 9 p.m. Folks are invited to bring chairs, blankets and bug spray and come enjoy the free screening. Concessions will be available for purchase.
Saturday's returning events are the vendor fair, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; the summer fest parade, starting at 1 p.m. at Team Industries and heading down Fourth Street; and the street dance scheduled for 8 p.m. to midnight.
"We have the Roosters playing this year," Poegel said.
Some new events will be sprinkled throughout Saturday, as well, like a 5k fun run-walk-wheel-and-roll, put on by Hope Inc., an adaptive sports and recreation organization. The 5k will start at Team Industries, with registration at 8:15 a.m. and the run starting at 9 a.m.
First Lutheran Church is also hosting a chili contest on Saturday to raise funds for Neighbor's Lending, a program the church has to lend money to those in need.
The Lake Park-Audubon school district will host a free-will rummage sale of some equipment they no longer need. The event will take place at Audubon Elementary School from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, and the funds will go to the Early Childhood Family Education department.
A tractor show will be another new attraction this year, allowing people to show off their farm equipment, old or new, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Audubon elevator.
"One of the new things that we're doing is ... trying to consolidate locations," said Poegel, adding that they are hoping to have a lot of the features like the food court, bouncy house and kids' play area, and petting zoo in the same area: the First Lutheran Church parking lot.
Poegel says most of the events for the June 28-29 event are pretty well set and ready to go, but they are always looking for volunteers and vendors. They also aren't going to turn people away, if a new event or idea pops up.
"If someone has some fabulous idea and wants to come in at the last minute and say, 'I want to run this,' we'll take them," Poegel said.
Her hope — and the hope of the whole festival committee — is to show people what Audubon has to offer and to bring residents and visitors together to enjoy the close-knit town — and to raise money for next year's festivities, of course, which they're hoping will be even bigger and better.
For more information or to get involved, call the Audubon city office at 218-439-6582.