Cromwell Harvest Fest adds new events for 2013Events begin Friday, Sept. 6, with a steak fry at the pavilion an dcontnue through Saturday and Sunday. Come for the food, the parade, the rat rods, antique appraisals and more!
By: Wendy Johnson, Pine Journal
Much enthusiasm has been generated and many volunteers have come forth to help out with the Cromwell Harvest Fest this year. Thanks to the creativity and energy of some enterprising committee members, several new features have been added to the slate of events for Sept. 6-8.
A musical performance by Jim Lekander will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, following the Steak Fry at the Pavilion. Lekander has performed in public for 45 years, formerly with Gene Korpi and the Moonlight Ramblers and in three of his own bands. He played accordion for 20 years, then switched to guitar. He has a CD titled “Tailgates & Whiskey” which was released in 2000-2001 and features six of his original songs.
Lekander comes from a musical family; his father played fiddle, accordion and guitar. His mother played harmonica and yodeled around the farm while doing chores, laundry and baking. In fifth grade, he played with his dad in Mahtowa and was awarded with “all the root beer he could drink.” His late sister, Ann, was good enough for Nashville, and is featured yodeling on his CD.
A petting zoo and farmers’ market are planned for Saturday morning, Sept. 7. Join Jessica Hooper in the park/community garden next to Northview Bank from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Hooper has worked hard all summer to grow the flowers and vegetables in the park. Come and see her gardens and enjoy the animals and farmers’ market. Contact Hooper at 218-820-2767 for more details.
Also new this year is a Kiddie/Bike/Pet Parade as part of the regular parade. All ages are welcome to walk, ride a bike or be pulled in a wagon, and costumes are encouraged. Lineup will be at 9:30 a.m. at the school. Kids will be in the beginning of the parade, and will hop out of the parade just past the clinic so they can watch the majority of the parade (and catch candy), then will hop back in near the end of the parade to finish the route to the Pavilion. Parents are encouraged to walk with their children, but are not required as long as there are enough adults to help out. Call Brenda Nyberg at 218-390-4570 for questions about the Kiddie/Bike/Pet Parade or to sign up. For details on how to enter the parade, contact Lisa Irving at 612-750-2034.
Roger Rentola is bringing members of the Mahtowa area Rat Rod Club to Cromwell for the parade and afterwards they plan to show their rat rods at the Pavilion. This club has members who like to build unusual vehicles out of junk. They organized five years ago, with members in Nebraska, Canada and elsewhere. Club members have taken their roadworthy rat rods on road trips from Mahtowa to Las Vegas, and this year they plan to travel to New Orleans. One of Rentola’s rat rods was featured on Channel 10’s “On the Road with Jason Davis.” The club is also involved with “Rat Rod Magazine” out of Princeton, Minn. Come and see the creativity, help judge the vehicles, and maybe get inspired to recycle some of the junk in your back forty.
Another new feature is Antique Appraisals with Steve Wesely of Cresent Auctioneering. Over the past several months, Wesely has held similar appraisals at the Moose Lake Area Historical Society Depot Annex. Participants are limited to two items (or photos of items) and will receive appraisals on a first-come, first-served basis. This event will be held at the Pavilion at 2 p.m. sharp, so you are encouraged to arrive early. A donation of $2 per person is appreciated.
Saturday afternoon will feature the first-ever Harvest Fest Tractor Ride. Similar to a motorcycle ride or snowmobile run, the event will feature area tractors including new, antique, and workhorse models with or without attachments. Drivers will gather at the old mud bog area at 3 p.m. and head out on a road trip. This ride should take approximately one hour. For more information or to register your tractor, contact Rob Switzer at 218-340-2111.
Sunday, Sept. 8, will include a Pancake Breakfast from 7-10 a.m., followed by a community-wide Harvest Fest Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. at the Pavilion. Worship to the music of Ron Jokimaki, Digger DeRusha, Mickey Heaser and Tami Nelson including guitar, bass, mandolin and violin, and stay for fellowship following the service. This service is sponsored by Bethany Lutheran Church of Cromwell. All are welcome!
For more information on any of these and other events, watch for posters and ads, or contact Deb Switzer at 218-340-1968 or Cherie Nyberg at 701-367-1268. Come out and enjoy the Cromwell Harvest Fest!