City Hall Bar & Grill Manager Jordan Dressen shares a smile with his nine-month-old son Harlan during the Summer Bash celebrated by the City Hall Bar and & Grlll on Saturday. And it was Father’s Day on Sunday. This duo seemed to be enjoying each other on this very special weekend.Kayla Daniels was on stage at the Summer Bash on Saturday.Dave Storlien, left, received $100 gift card from City Hall Bar & Grill Manager Jordan Dressen as the winner of a drawing among those that dined at the business during the week.   The Broken Oak, featuring from left Jesse Breems, Jake Moravetz and Mark Colvin, performed on Saturday during the Summer Bash A loaded Chicago Dog that was a popular food special item during the Summer Bash. The hot dog on a poppy seed bun is topped with dill pickle onion relish, tomatoes, banana peppers, yellow mustard and celery salt.

Summer Bash replaces winter blues

Jordan Dressen hoisted his nine-month-old son Harlan over his head and the two shared huge smiles in the courtyard on Saturday behind the City Hall Bar & Grill he manages. It was still a day away from Father's Day, but Dressen was in good spirits with his son because of the success of the first annual Summer Bash that he had organized for the bar and grill.

"I'm very pleased with the turnout we had," said Dressen.

"I know there are a lot of things going on today, but we still had a lot of people come and I saw a lot of familiar faces."

Summer Bash was planned by Dressen to counter the laborious winter we endured this year. Many outdoor activities were held outdoors beginning at 3 p.m., nearly the exact time the rain stopped falling and the sun broke through the clouds. "It was fortunate that it stopped raining," Dressen noted.

"It turned out to be a really nice day."

A bean bag tournament, which featured eight teams, kicked off the event behind the City Hall Bar & Grill. Brau Brothers Brewing Company of Marshall hosted a "tap takeover" that featured samples of its varieties of beer. Dressen also offered three new food specials for the event — loaded Chicago Dogs, Italian Nachos and BBQ Chicken Salad. While patrons were enjoying those specials along with other food and beverages indoors, those venturing outdoors were listening to the music onstage of The Broken Oak and Kayla Daniels.

In between the musical acts, Dressen drew the name of Dave Storlien for $100 gift card to City Hall Bar & Grill.

Those dining at City Hall Bar & Grill during the week were given a ticket to place in a bucket for the drawing. Following the live music, Outlaw Entertainment of Arlington, S.D. was the DJ for remainder of the evening, which included karaoke.

"I wanted to have something fun for people to do and to also have it be outside," said Dressen. "We will definitely do this again next year.”

That should make Harlan smile again.

John Kimpe of Minneota lets a bean bag fly during the Summer Bash tournament on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Scott Thoma.

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