The 45th annual Osakis Festival will bring fun, family and friends together to celebrate beginning Thursday. Do you plan to take part in the festivities? Everyone's invited and a great variety of events are featured again this year.
Here's an overview of the 2013 Osakis Festival schedule:
Thursday, June 20
- Salad Luncheon - The Osakis Festival Salad Luncheon brings out the creative side of many community members! The annual luncheon features a table-decorating contest and it's a lot of fun to tour the tables and eat a delicious lunch. The luncheon is $10 per person and starts at noon, but everyone's welcome to come at 11 a.m. to check out vendor booths and silent auction items. Plus, voting for your favorite table is part of the event. For ticket information, call (320) 859-4186.
Friday, June 21
- Senior Citizen Day - Friday is Senior Citizen Day and a great lunch and entertainment are lined up at Pollard Community Center in downtown Osakis. The bake sale and cards start at 9 a.m., followed by musical entertainment from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. People of all ages are welcome to a home-cooked lunch. Each meal is $4 for seniors (60 and older) and $6 for non-senior members (anyone younger than age 60). To reserve your plate, call (320) 859-2325 by June 19. Then, after lunch, at 1 p.m. free bingo begins and snacks and beverages will be served beginning at 3 p.m.
- Summer Music Festival - At 5:30 p.m., the Summer Music Festival concert begins in the high school auditorium. The concert features the Greater Minnesota Children's Choir. Admission is $2 and a free picnic meal, sponsored by the Osakis Women's Association, will follow the performance.
- Meat raffle at the VFW - Friday night wraps up with a meat raffle at the Osakis VFW at 5 p.m.
Saturday, June 22
Osakis will be buzzing on Saturday with lots of stuff to do and plenty of opportunities to celebrate.
- Scramble for Charity - The second annual Charity Golf Tournament for Douglas and Todd Food Shelves and Quilts of Valor begins with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.; registration starts at 7 a.m. at Osakis Country Club. To register for the four-person drop-out scramble, call the golf club at (320) 859-2140. The cost to participate is $35 for 18 holes for club members and $45 for non-members. Lunch will be provided.
- Events at Park Osagi -
-9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Flea market, craft sales, food vendors. Stop by, grab a snack and do some shopping.
-10 a.m. Sand pile money hunt sponsored by First National Bank of Osakis.
-10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Erickson Petting Zoo ponies.
-11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Clueless the Balloon Twister, face painter.
-12:30 p.m. Kids old fashioned races in the park for children ages 3-12, egg toss for children 13 and older.
- Youth baseball tournament - At 9 a.m., little league baseball for kids 11 and younger begins at LeRoy Mackove Athletic Complex. Call Brad Zimmel for more information at (320) 808-1509.
- Osakis Muni Bean Bag Tourney - At 2 p.m. at the Osakis Liquor Store, a bean bag tournament will be held. Two-person teams will compete. A $5 entry fee is required and competitors must register at the liquor store by 1 p.m. Saturday.
- Bowfishing Carp Tourney - The Osakis Sportsmen's Club is hosting the tournament, which runs from 6 p.m. Saturday through 6 a.m. Sunday. The entry fee is $50, or $40 if registered before June 15. Call Gordy Berthiaume for details at (320) 760-0790.
- Water fights - At 6:30 p.m., water fights will be waged by area fire departments at Park Osagi. Come out and cheer on the firefighters!
- Street dance - The annual Liquor Store Street Dance will run from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Osakis Liquor Store parking lot. The bands scheduled to perform are Minimum Maintenance and Dana and the Bottle Rockets.
Sunday, June 23
- Events at Park Osagi - From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. there will be a flea market, craft sales and food vendors at the park. Stop by, grab a snack and do some shopping.
- Grand Parade - One of the festival's most popular events is the Grand Parade, which begins at 1 p.m. The parade will travel down Oak Street, north on Central Avenue and east down Lake Street, ending at Park Osagi.