Summer officially begins in Luverne this weekend with the 28th annual Buffalo Days Celebration.
According to Luverne Area Chamber Director Jane Wildung Lanphere, details of the weekend’s events are falling into place for another promising event.
For one thing, she said Saturday morning’s 10 a.m. parade already has 55 entries – that’s not counting the usual last-minute signups on Saturday morning.
“I think the parade is going to be just outstanding this year,” she said Tuesday. “We’ve just been blown away by the number of entries. … Everyone is participating.”
She said Friday night’s Cruise-In (6 to 10 pm.) organizers also have their details in place for what has become a popular summer event in Luverne.
In addition to the regular show-and-tell for automobile enthusiasts, there will be more tables to accommodate the public and those enjoying the downtown music.
Larry Goebel will again be on hand for “Goebie’s Oldies,” and he and his classmates from the LHS class of 1967 will gather there for their reunion.
“Class reunion organizers are realizing that Buffalo Days is a great time to have a class reunion,” Wildung Lanphere said.
“The Class of 67 will meet downtown Friday night and Goebie will be with them, spinning the platters.”
The Luverne Fire Department will again offer ladder rides at the Cruise-In, but this year, fire department members will move their Duck Races also to Friday night.
“They figure the kids can do the duck races while they wait in line for their ladder rides,” Wildung Lanphere said.
The duck race is an annual fundraiser for Rock County’s Relay for Life.
Saturday morning events include a 7:30 a.m. waffle feed at the American Legion and a Buffalo Days fitness walk and run starting at the pool and fitness center on North Blue Mound Avenue. Register at 7 a.m.
Saturday’s annual Buffalo Days Arts in the Park (from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) will again feature roughly 100 vendors, some regulars some new.
“We’re going to have a nice event, because we have a nice variety of vendors,” Wildung Lanphere said.
She said many of the vendors come from the Twin Cities area, but one is from Mason City, Iowa, and another from North Carolina.
The Plane Train will again offer free rides for children (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and Living Rock Church will sponsor large inflatables (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
The Buffalo Chip Throwing Contest, Tae Kwon Do demonstrations (both at noon) and Spotlight Dancers (1 to 2 p.m.) will again be the featured entertainment during Arts in the Park.
On Saturday night, authors Freya Manfred and Thomas Smith will be the featured artists at the Blue Mound Writers Series atop the Blue Mounds State Park.
The event is part of the Scribe of Siouxland yearlong observation of the late author Fred Manfred’s 100th birthday.
The 7 p.m. event, held at the Interpretive Center (Manfred’s former home), will include live music and refreshments.
On Sunday, after the 10 a.m. Buffalo Days Community Worship Service at the Palace Theatre, the Historical Society will host its highly anticipated Hoe-Down at the Fairgrounds.
The Dakota Dutchers will serve a four-course Dutch oven pork loin dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and then the music begins.
Local artists Ron and Jane Cote will perform and an old-fashioned fiddler will play.
At 1:30 p.m. a square dance demonstration will begin, and the public can learn some basic square dance steps.
A new cement pad between the Floral Hall and the 4-H building will lend itself well to dancing, said Wildung Lanphere.
“It’s really nicely done and landscaped,” she said. “It’s a great addition to the fairgrounds.”
The Hoe-Down meal is a fundraiser for the Historical Society’s new construction planned for the fairgrounds.
“Some people might think $20 is kind of steep for a meal, but it’s for a cause,” said Wildung Lanphere.
“There are about $10 worth of ingredients in the meal, but they’re asking for a $10 donation in addition to help with their building project.”
For more information about the Buffalo Days weekend, see www.luvernechamber.com or call the Chamber office, 283-4061.
Also see Sunday’s Luverne Announcer for a full listing of weekend events.