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Garfield Days set for Aug. 12-13

Organizer: "Mainly we do it to bring the community together and help support the local organizations, the churches and the fire department and the businesses here in town."

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Thomas Hayes of United States Axe demonstrates proper throwing technique at Garfield Days in 2021.
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GARFIELD — Juggling with fire sticks and a St. Cloud cover band are among the new things at Garfield Days happening this weekend in the town, population 349, west of Alexandria.

Lacey Baumann, one of the event organizers, said she saw the Fandazzi Fire Performance in Detroit Lakes last year and thought they would be a good addition to Garfield Days.

"There's a lot of petting zoos and bounce houses for kids, but we thought we'd do something for the whole family," she said.

There are street dances on Friday and Saturday nights, with Luke Christenson Band from Oklahoma playing on Friday and St. Cloud-based Audioscars playing on Saturday.

Last year's attendance was down because of COVID, but Baumann said she hopes to see normal attendance this year.

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"Mainly we do it to bring the community together and help support the local organizations, the churches and the fire department and the businesses here in town," she said.

Here's a rundown of events.

Friday, Aug. 12

5:30 p.m. Quilt bingo and lunch at St. John’s Church
5-7 p.m. Acoustic music with Luke Christenson at Garfield Pub
5-8 p.m. Food concessions by Fire Station Bar & Grill at Garfield Pub
7 p.m. Bargo sponsored by Community Club At Garfield Pub
9 p.m.-1 a.m. Street dance featuring Luke Christenson Band at Garfield Pub

Saturday, Aug. 13

7:30-11 a.m. Pancake feed and craft sale at St. John’s Church
8 a.m. - 2 p.m. 4th annual Garfield Pub rib cookoff (register at 320-834-2273)
12 p.m. Parade (register at Garfield Elementary School starting at 10 a.m.)
Noon-4 p.m. Pie and ice cream social at St. Luke’s Church
4 p.m. Bean bag tournament at Garfield Pub (registration begins at 3 p.m.) Register at 320-760-9252
9 p.m.-1 a.m. – Street dance with Audioscars at the Fire Station Bar & Grill

Activities in City Park on Saturday
Garfield Fire Relief
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Pork chop feed
11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Beer garden
1:30 p.m. Kids water ball wars
1-4 p.m. Kiddie Carnival (Free will donation going toward 2023 Garfield Days) Petting zoo, bungee jumper, bouncy houses, joust, laser tag, water ball wars (1:30 p.m.) and tractor pull (3 p.m.)
1-3 p.m. Woodsman axe throwing
1-3 p.m. Schjei Country
1:30 and 2:30 p.m. – Fandazzi Fire Performance

For more information, visit www.garfieldmn.com .

Reporter Karen Tolkkinen grew up in Plymouth, Minnesota, graduated from the University of Minnesota with a journalism degree in 1994, and was driven by curiosity to work her way around the United States.
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