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Kicking up some fun in Osakis

A rider is thrown from a bull shortly after jumping out of the gate Saturday, Sept. 9, during the bull riding at Moonshine Madness. (Jeff Beach | Osakis Reivew)1 / 2
An exhibitor polishes a truck Saturday, Sept. 9, as part of the semi-truck show at Moonshine Madness in Osakis. (Judd Martinson | Osakis Review)2 / 2

Moonshine Madness was a day filled with fun and frolic for all ages in Osakis last Saturday.

A Kids Mad Dash Color Run kicked off the event in the morning as semi-trucks began to arrive, and food and business booths set up for a full day of festivities.

"The main thing was to have fun," said Brad Hoffarth, the athletic director for Osakis Public Schools said about the run, which raised money for school athletic activities.

The semi-truck show was a crowd favorite. Winners received trophies, cash and gift card prizes.

An event organizer highlighted a semi-trailer displaying a message about how long it takes a semi-truck to stop while traveling at 65 mph — about two football fields. The other side of the trailer showed a picture of a semi-truck's blind spots where cars nearby can't be seen by the driver.

After the show, the semis hit the road for a parade.

Many other activities spiced up the Roaring 1920s-themed festival — live professional bull riding, mechanical bull riding, live music, free trolley rides, free tours and samples at Panther Distillery, food vendors and crafters, free kids' inflatables and carnival games, free pontoon rides, bingo, bean bag tournament, golfing, softball, a night parade, a street dance and more.

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