The 50th annual Osakis Fesival began Saturday with plenty of fun for all ages and activities continue today.

Saturday's festivities began with kids' activities at Park Osagi. Children got up close with animals provided by Erickson's Petting Zoo, burned off some energy at a bouncy house, found money by hunting through a sand pile and played games.

A new festival event, the Schmidt Pedal Pull, gave prizes to the best pedalers.

The celebration continues today, Sunday, with activities in Park Osagi, including food vendors and craft sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The grand parade will take place at 1 p.m. A contest will honor the best decorated floats with prizes of $25, $50 and $75 in Chamber Bucks. This year's parade theme is "Osakis Past and Present."

The parade line-up and check in will take place in front of the Osakis Catholic Church at noon.

After the parade, water fights will entertain the crowd, featuring the Osakis Fire Department and other firefighters in the area.

From 3 to 6 p.m., the Osakis Presbyterian Church will host its annual Pie and Ice Cream Social. Everyone is invited to enjoy Sloppy Joes, chips, pickles and watermelon, along with many varieties of pies plus ice cream.