Town festivals happening in Brandon and Parkers Prairie this weekend

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A rider tries to stay on during the 2021 Ring of Fire bull ride at Parkers Prairie Fall Festival. The bull ride returns on Friday, Aug. 5. (Lowell Anderson / Echo Press)

Two local festivals are scheduled for this weekend, starting with Summer Fest in Brandon, that kicks off Wednesday, Aug. 3, with a 5 p.m. pork chop feed and live music by Paradocx.

Parkers Prairie Fall Festival starts on Friday, Aug. 5, but its main event, the Ring of Fire Bull Ride, is already sold out. Here are the schedules for both festivals.

Brandon Summer Fest

Wednesday, Aug. 3
5 p.m. Brandon Community Club pork chop feed with live music by Paradocx
5 p.m. Beer Garden at Lions Park by the Brandon Municipal Liquor Store

Thursday, Aug. 4
5-7 p.m. Free Vintage Car Club show on Central Avenue. Register at the corner by the post office.
5 p.m. Perk Me Up Coffee Shop serving pulled pork sandwiches
5 p.m. Root beer float sales by Chippewa Fly Youth Group

Friday, Aug. 5
7 a.m. Community garage sales. List at Joe’s Gas, JC’s Market and KC’s Diner
6 p.m. Brandon Fin & Feather bean bag tournament at Lions Park. To register call 320-491-1198.


The Shriners entertain parade-goers at the 2021 Brandon Summerfest. (Echo Press file photo)

Saturday, Aug. 6
7 a.m. Community garage sales
8 a.m.-6 p.m. Men’s softball tournament at the ballpark. 320-815-3203
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Brandon History Center is open at City Auditorium except during the parade
11 a.m. Grand Parade with Grand Marshals Devin and Izzy Rusch
11 a.m. Salad luncheon at Grace Lutheran Church
11 a.m. Concession stand by Relay For Life near the Brandon Liquor Store
11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Craft and vendor show and Moe 4-H food stand at Brandon Auditorium
Noon Co-ed sand volleyball tournament. Register at 320-815-9182
12:30-4 p.m. Free bounce houses and water wars at Memorial Park
12:30-4 p.m. Bungee jump - Sponsored by the Brandon Fire Department on Front Street
1:30 p.m. Free kids pedal pull for ages 4-11 on Front Street
1:30-3:30 p.m. Bingo by Brandon Lions Club in tents by the Municipal Liquor Store
1:30 p.m. Pine Ridge Golf Scramble. Register at 320-834-4028.
8 p.m.-midnight Street dance with music by Time Machine
Dusk Fireworks show at Brandon-Evansville High School football field

Sunday, Aug. 7
8-11 a.m. Breakfast at St. Ann’s Catholic Church. $10 for adults, $5 for age 6-10, free for age 5 and under

Parkers Prairie Fall Festival

Friday, Aug. 5
9-11 a.m. Jigsaw puzzle contest for ages 55 and up, Event Center
4 p.m. Ring of Fire Bullride gates open at Soo Street east of railroad tracks on County Road 42
7 p.m. Bull Ride, rain or shine
9 p.m.-midnight Blonde and the Bohunk

Saturday, Aug. 6
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Petting zoo, Trowbridge Creek Mobile Zoo
10 a.m. Crafters and retailers
10 a.m. Volleyball tourney at the softball outfield
10 a.m. Park medallion hunt
10 am Junior bean bag tournament, ages 15 and under, north end of City Park
11 a.m. Senior bean bag tournament, ages 16 and up, north end of City Park
11 a.m. City medallion hunt
11 a.m. Bouncy games and kids games, east side of City Park
11 a.m.-7 p.m. Bingo at City Park
12 p.m. Rhythm & Rhyme Band at City Park
1-5 p.m. Truck and tractor pull
5-6 p.m. Sidewalk chalk art contest on the west side of City Park
6 p.m. Bike giveaway, must be present to win
7 p.m. Miss Parkers Prairie Pageant at Grace Christian Church
7 p.m. Burnout contest, east side of pool
8-10 p.m. Axe throwing on the east side of City Park
8 p.m.-midnight ‘57 Chevy
Dusk Fireworks

Sunday, Aug. 7
7-11 a.m. Boy Scout pancake breakfast at the Prairie Event Center, County Road 38 West
8 a.m. Rip & Roar Car Show at the north end of City Park, with a free will offering to help children in need
10 a.m. Community worship service at the bingo shelter
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Crafters and retailers
11 a.m. Water balloon wars
Noon Fall Festival parade — 507-251-5493
1-5 p.m. Bingo at City Park
2-5 p.m. Country Bumpkin kid games
2 p.m. Short On Cash Band in City Park
2:30 p.m. Pedal tractor pull for ages 4-11
3 p.m. Parkers Prairie Fire Department water wars at the north end of City Park

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