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Luverne observes 39th annual Buffalo Days

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Lori Sorenson

Luverne’s 39th annual Buffalo Days Celebration is in the books after four days of events and activities that drew thousands of people to town.
The lineup featured classic Buffalo Days events like the Friday Night Cruise-In and the Saturday morning run, Main Street parade and vendor event in the Courthouse Square.
“Hats off to our community partners for doing their part to offer so many special things to do for the four-day weekend,” said Luverne Chamber Director Jane Lanphere.
The 33rd Classic Car Cruise-In had a rocky start with a 20-minute downpour just ahead of the 5 p.m. setup. However, the clouds cleared, the sun came out, and more than 150 classic vehicles found their way downtown.
The Starfire band provided live music near the beer garden and food court. Take 16 hosted a packed block party with Buffalo Gal concessions and music by Chavez and Friends.
Saturday morning’s Buffalo Days Run for a Cause, a benefit for Carson’s Cause, had 40 registered runners at the Luverne City Park (see related story), and the parade had over 70 entries for a crowded four blocks of Main Street.
“We had a terrific parade that was almost an hour and a half long,” Lanphere said.  
The Buffalo Days Expo in the Courthouse Square had 48 vendors, live music, family activities and 11 different food vendors.
“The Expo provides a wonderful opportunity to shop for handmade and unique items,” Lanphere said
“We had wonderful vendors and food trucks at the Courthouse Square.”
Throughout the weekend, more than 60 youth baseball teams were scheduled to compete in the Junior Legion Buffalo Days Tournament.
“Town was busy,” Lanphere said.
‘Tour de Loop’ adds fourth day to weekend
New to the Buffalo Days lineup this year was the Thursday night Tour de Loop, which will be an annual fourth day lead-in to the weekend.
It’s a community bicycle ride on Luverne’s Loop that features prizes awarded for stops on the seven-mile trail.
This year the community celebrated the recent trail completion with a ribbon-cutting and grand opening festivities.
“We had a great Tour de Loop and counted 189 riders,” Lanphere said. (See the related story on page 2)

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