OUT & ABOUT
By Gayle VanVooren, Mascot Editor
After what seems like weeks of nothing but clouds, wind and rain, Mother Nature smiled on Minneota and produced two fantastic days for our Boxelder Bug Days celebration.
One roadblock in the festivities was the delay in road construction on Highway 68. But the pavement of Jefferson Street on Wednesday more than made up for the delays that the weather created.
The Bug Days committee was moving sites yet on Saturday morning, and it was anything but fun. But, when the dust had settled, everything turned out just GREAT!
Moving the celebration to the alleys behind our businesses downtown was a risky venture, but it was actually a good thing. Many people agreed that the festival was more ‘centrally located’ so that folks could take in more of the events without having to watch the time so closely.
This time, maybe all of the rain did our community a favor.
Many years ago, the committee discussed having the staging and entertainment in the alley, but it was feared that all of the electrical lines and the unattractive backsides of buildings would be a distraction for our visiting guests.
When all the vendors were set up, the staging in place, and tables strewn in the open areas, it just seemed natural to have the celebration right there. Of course, there will be differences in opinion on this issue, but most are just happy that it worked out this year.
There aren’t enough words to express the gratitude we all have
for our Boxelder Bug Days committee and its chairman, Scott Josephson, the businesses who sponsor so many activities, and the endless number of folks who step forward to help.
Perhaps the “unsung heroes” of our celebration are our City workers who do so much before and after the crowds have gathered. They are busy getting the signs up, making sure there are suitable roads to travel on, and ready to help with stands and tables to take care of the crowds.
We had everything that a small town could expect from a celebration — loads of entertainment, plenty of time to visit with friends, games galore for the kids, good food to eat, a parade to sit and enjoy, and sporting events all over the place.
The sun was shining on Minneota and all was quiet on Monday morning, as a tired community got back to the realities of everyday life.