The weather didn’t stop those attending the annual Moonshine Madness event in Osakis this past weekend.

Laura Backes from Osakis True Value, who is one of the organizers of the event, said despite the rainy conditions, the people attending, as well as those on the committee who made the event happen, made the best of it.

“The weather wasn’t ideal, but all the events still happened,” she said. “The kids didn’t care that it was sprinkling; they enjoyed the games and prizes.”

Backus said the Dung for Dollars event raised about $800 and that the two winners were Chad Gulbranson and Mike Olson.

The Moonlight Half-Mile Fun Run, she said, had about 70-plus people attend. In addition, she said the chainsaw carvers were happy with the turnout and O-Town Tavern brought in an extra tent to accommodate the band so the street dance could still happen.

The winners of the first-ever bartender competition at Panther Distillery were Kevin Hockert from Pike and Pint in Alexandria for Judge’s Choice and Chase Heck from The Veranda Lounge in St. Cloud for People’s Choice. There were four teams and organizers are already looking forward to next year's event with more bartenders, more people and more cocktails.

“Every year is a learning curve, but people love to come to our Moonshine Madness event,” said Backes.