Ma & Pa Kettle Days means good 'ol country funWhether it’s the steak fry, street dance, pie and ice cream social or the “get down and dirty” mud bog action, Kettle River will be the place for some good, old-fashioned country fun this weekend.
By: Wendy Johnson, Pine Journal
Whether it’s the steak fry, street dance, pie and ice cream social or the “get down and dirty” mud bog action, Kettle River will be the place for some good, old-fashioned country fun this weekend.
The aptly named Ma & Pa Kettle Days celebration has a long history, 29 years to be exact, and it keeps going stronger every year.
Starting the weekend off will be the steak fry at the fire hall at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9. The new Miss Kettle River will be crowned in ceremonies at the American Legion Building at 6 p.m., followed by a kids dance at the Legion from 7-8:30 p.m.
Later, adults can enjoy the street dance, sponsored by Tower Tap, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Start the day out on Saturday with the pancake breakfast at 7 a.m., sponsored by Hope Lutheran Church. The Ma & Pa Kettle Run/Walk is slated to get underway at 8 a.m., with registration from 6:30-7:30 a.m.
The flea market opens at 8 a.m., and lineup for the Ma & Pa Kettle Days parade begins at the ball field on County Road 12 at 9 a.m. The parade hits the streets at 11 a.m., with Emil Laine Sr. serving as grand marshall and Mike and Ann Juhl honored as the 2013 Ma & Pa Kettle.
Pony rides, sponsored by the Ma & Pa Kettle Days Committee, will be available at 11:30 a.m., and Hope Lutheran will host a pie and ice cream social, also beginning at 11:30 a.m.
For some truly unique thrills and spills, head on over to the popular Mug Bog competition at 1 p.m., featuring daredevil drivers versus the biggest, messiest mud hole possible. See which one comes out on top!
Stroll through and try your luck at the silent auction items from 1-2 p.m., and be sure to bring the kids to the playground to see the animals in the Lake Superior Zoomobile from 1-1:45 p.m.
Cap off the weekend at the Saturday night street dance, sponsored once again by Tower Tap, from 9 p.m. to close.