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.
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.
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."