Update: Big crowd turns out for Moonshine Madness
Downtown Osakis was buzzing with activity for the fifth annual Moonshine Madness Day Saturday.
"We had a great turnout," said Laura Backes, a member of the Moonshine Madness Committee. "The weather was beautiful and we had no issues. The street dance was great. People participated in activities, watched the chainsaw carvers. Everything went very well and we lucked out with the weather."
Mother Nature provided plenty of sunshine and 70-degree temperatures.
It takes a lot of work to coordinate all the elements that go into the celebration. Backes compared the hours of planning to a part-time job, adding that the effort is well worth it.
"It's so fun to see the town that busy just for one day — it practically doubles in size," she said.
Activities included food vendors and crafters; a VFW poker walk; hot air balloon rides; inflatables; children's games; softball, golf and bean bag tournaments; pontoon rides; mechanical pig races; live music and more.
Meanwhile, over at Panther Distillery, Moonshine Madness-goers toured the facility, sipped samples, browsed the gift shop, took in a vintage car show, and heard from Brigadier General Lowell Kruze.
The committee will take a short break before jumping back into planning next year's event, starting with monthly meetings in November, Backes said. She added that the committee appreciates feedback and ideas from residents about Moonshine Madness festivities.