Arts in the Park was a popular spot in Luverne Saturday afternoon for Buffalo Days weekend.Zach Bradley throws the winning toss Saturday afternoon for the annual Buffalo Chip Throwing Contest at Arts in the Park in Luverne.Zach Bradley (left) and Anthony Malloy formed the winning team, “Chocolate,” for the 2015 Buffalo Chip Throwing Contest. Team Chocolate was among 12 registered teams for the annual event, which is organized by the Green Earth Players community theater group.Luther Hall (far left) puts a scoop of vanilla ice cream on Sandy Vogt’s strawberry pie at the United Methodist’s Pie and Ice Cream Social Friday night, June 5. Her husband, Roger Vogt, is pictured at far right.Michael Behr rides his motorcycle in the Buffalo Days Parade Saturday, June 6.“Buster,” with El Riad Shrine Clowns, entertains children along the parade route Saturday morning, June 6, at the 31st Annual Buffalo Days in downtown Luverne. There were 78 parade entries.Tim Ollerich of Heron Lake admires the 1926 Dodge uniquely constructed by Luverne’s Keith Schmuck at the Cruise-In in downtown Luverne Friday night, June 5. The event kicked off the 31st Annual Buffalo Days Celebration.A sunny evening greeted those attending the Buffalo Days Celebration’s Cruise-In Friday night, June 5, in downtown Luverne. More than 225 cars and 25 motorcycles were displayed on Main Street.This is the view of Friday night’s Cruise-in on Main Street Luverne from seat of the Skyway Helicopter that was in town selling rides for Buffalo Days weekend.The black lab, Layla, enjoys a drink from her human friend, Tammy Solma, during Arts in the Park Saturday afternoon in Luverne.Luverne Area Chamber Director Jane Wildung Lanphere coordinates via her cell phone with the Sherriff’s Office plans to move the evening music event, Rock on the Rock River, indoors due to a rainy forecast for Saturday night.Luverne native Tom Maras sells hand-blown glass from his booth at Arts in the Park Saturday afternoon. He’s pictured with Barb (right) and Bees (Gits) Hacket, Luverne. Luverne native Tom Maras holds up a piece of hand-blown glass for Pauline Arhendt to see the light reflect through it.Members of Luverne Tae Kwon Do demonstrate flying side kicks over the top of volunteers lined up on the ground at the City Park Saturday.The musical group, “A3” performs at Arts in the Park Saturday afternoon in Luverne. They are (from left) Angela, Aaron and Aria, a family originally from Wisconsin.

Fair weather prevails for Buffalo Days 2015

After sunny Friday night Cruise-in, stormy forecast holds off for Saturday events

Summer officially began in Luverne over the weekend with the 31st annual Buffalo Days Celebration June 5-7.

Despite a dismal weekend forecast, fair weather prevailed for most of the Buffalo Days activities.

More than 250 cars, trucks, motorcycles and other automobiles and hundreds of auto enthusiasts enjoyed sunny skies and perfect summer night for Friday night’s Buffalo Days Cruise-in Event.

Saturday morning’s Buffalo Days Parade had more than 70 entries, and crowds lined the streets for the annual event.

Luverne City Park on Saturday was filled with vendors, shoppers, performers and hundreds of visitors for the annual Buffalo Days Arts in the Park, which featured roughly 100 booths.

Forecasters predicted eminent storms Saturday night, so Chamber staff and local emergency management personnel made the decision to move Saturday night’s band indoors.

Instead of performing at Redbird Field near the Rock River, the Everett Smithson Band was staged indoors at the former Ford Motors building on East Main Street in Luverne.

The building was vacated last week when Herman Motors moved to its new location on South Highway 75, and the Rock County Historical Society took possession of the building Friday.

It will be renovated to house the History Center, and Chamber Director Jane Wildung Lanphere said staging Saturday’s event in the building was a good way to share those plans with the public.

On Sunday, the fourth annual Tales from the Graves is set to unfold at St. Catherine’s Catholic Cemetery. Re-enactors share stories of the life and death of Rock County natives as you view their final resting places. Homemade pie and ice cream social will follow the re-enactment. Proceeds support Rock County Historical Society.

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