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Out and About: Osakis Festival proceeds despite storms

Face painting was one of several activities offered at Park Osagi Saturday. Ava Wade, 6, of Osakis opted for a pretty kitty look after visiting the balloon twisting clown, Clueless. (Photo by Amy Chaffins)1 / 3
Hundreds of people pulled up lawn chairs or a piece of curb to catch the grand parade on Sunday. (Photo by Caroline Roers)2 / 3
The Osakis Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Osakis Festival Salad Luncheon on Thursday. The "Garage Sale Ladies" themed table, hosted by First National Bank of Osakis, won the "Most Creative" award for table decorating skills. (Photo by Amy Chaffins)3 / 3

The 45th annual Osakis Festival was ushered in with a wild burst of severe weather last week.

Extreme wind gusts during the early morning of June 21 left behind toppled trees, downed power lines and boats tangled with docks on the east side of Lake Osakis.

A few festival events were cancelled Friday due to city wide power outages. The community cleaned up and, despite the damage, the festival went on as planned.

On Saturday, the sound of chainsaws buzzing and generators chugging was the soundtrack to festival events at Park Osagi. Children rode ponies, played games and snacked on cheese curds.

On Sunday, the popular grand parade drew a crowd of people waving, laughing and kids grabbing candy.

Amy Chaffins

Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota.

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