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Fired up in Garfield; big crowds turn out for town festival W/VIDEOS

The two-day celebration included fiery acrobatics, plenty of food, street dances, games for kids and more.

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The Fandazzi Fire Performance included fiery acrobatics, choreographed to music, during Garfield Days Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022.
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GARFIELD — Flames, food and fun combined to make for a memorable Garfield Days over the weekend, Aug. 12-13.

Big crowds turned out for the annual summer celebration.

One highlight was a new event — the Fandazzi Fire Performance. Members of the troupe did all kinds of brave stunts, juggling and throwing burning torches in the air, twirling them behind their backs and performing other acrobatic moves while dancing to music.

Street dances on Friday and Saturday nights featured the Luke Christenson Band from Oklahoma and the St. Cloud-based Audioscars.

Other activities included quilt bingo, food concessions, Bargo, a pancake feed, craft sale, the fourth annual Garfield Pub rib cookoff, parade, pie and ice cream social, bean bag tournament, pork chop feed, beer garden, kids' water ball wars, a kiddie carnival, petting zoo, bungee jumping, bouncy houses, joust, laser tag, tractor pull, axe throwing and entertainment from the Schjei Country band.

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Garfield firefighter Jason Uhde helps Grayson Ranweiler of Garfield during the kids' water ball wars during Garfield Days Saturday afternoon, Aug. 13, 2022.
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For a town the size of Garfield, population 249, it was quite an undertaking but organizers said the effort was well worth it.

In an Echo Press pre-story before the celebration, Lacey Baumann, one of the organizers, explained why they put on the festival: "Mainly we do it to bring the community together and help support the local organizations, the churches and the fire fire department and the businesses here in town."

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Riley Bollman, left, battles her cousin, Veyda Bollman, both of Alexandria, in a kid-friendly jousting match Saturday at Garfield Days.
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Conner Goche of Alexandria tests out the bungee jump at Garfield Days Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022.
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Good crowds turned out for Garfield Days, whether it was to listen to music or support the Garfield Fire Relief.
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Jenna Kuhnau of Garfield jumps to grab a ball in the Hippo Chow Down kids' game at Garfield Days on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022.
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Olivia Olson stays still while getting her face painted as a rainbow butterfly during Garfield Days Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022.
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Schjei Country performs at Garfield Days on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022.
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Crowds line up for a plate of corn and pork chops for a Garfield Days feed that supported the Garfield Fire Relief on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022.
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Al Edenloff is the editor of the twice-weekly Echo Press. He started his journalism career when he was in 10th grade, writing football and basketball stories for the Parkers Prairie Independent.
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