Locating the second Oktoberfest medallion during the annual treasure hunt leading up to the fall festival was Misty Julsrud.

The final medallion has been discovered, as part of the run-up to the 2017 Pelican Rapids “Oktoberfest,” set Oct. 11-15.

As the 20th anniversary Oktoberfest, the schedule is filled with many of the favorite events–plus several new features. (Complete schedule in this edition of the Pelican Rapids Press.)

Locating the second of two treasure hunt medallions last week was Misty Julsrud. The clues “pastime” and “fanfare” eventually led her to the baseball diamond, where she uncovered the medallion in the steps of the grandstand.

The Oktoberfest celebration will kick off on October 11 with the open house at the Pelican Rapids Volunteer Fire Department firehall.

Mr. and Ms. Oktoberfest will be formally crowned at the event–along with appearances by past Oktoberfest royalty.

Friday highlights include:
•Pelican VFW: “Country” Bob Pourrier and Ron Honrud, along with members of the Alexandria-based “Pure Country” band will perform from 4-9 p.m. A Salute to the Troops will be featured at 6 p.m., with music by Laura Hagen and Renee Fuchs, and Mark Sjostrom as guest speaker.
• Meanwhile, a new event will feature the “Tapping of the Keg” at Hillbillies in Erhard, at 6 p.m.

 

Saturday highlights include:
• Trail run or walk at the Lake Lida golf courses.
• “Stop and Shop” Food and Vendor Court at the firehall, from 10 am. to 2 p.m.
• Oktoberfest live auction and dance, with “Silverado” at the Pelican Rapids VFW.

Sunday activities:
• Old fashioned polka party, featuring the Cathy Erickson Band at Hillbillies in Erhard, from 1-5 p.m.


Pelican Valley chili feed an Oktoberfest tradition

It’s becoming a fall tradition–a chili feed in conjunction with Pelican Rapids’ Oktoberfest.

This year, Riverfront on Main is hosting the third annual chili feed Friday, October 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The assisted living community will be serving homemade chili and corn bread muffins along with all the fixings.

Takeout orders are available as well. To place an order to pick up, call 218-671-1960.

Riverfront is located at 119 N Broadway.

For more information, call Joycelin at 218-863-2401 x27769.


‘Garden Party’ promotes business, tourism, cultural diversity during Oktoberfest

A “Garden Party” will be hosted in conjunction with the Pelican Rapids Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 4-6 p.m.

“Together without Walls” is the theme of the event, which will be in the open lot to the north of the Seifert Real Estate building in downtown Pelican Rapids.

“Caring, Communication, Cooperation” are the key words of the campaign, aimed at bolstering business, increasing tourism, and celebrating diversity. Outlining the event at the Sept. 26 Pelican Rapids City Council meeting was Dawn Finn, who said that the event is an extension of the community’s Business Retention and Expansion program.

The public is invited to attend. It is sponsored by the Pelican Rapids Economic Development, Business Retention and Expansion, Chamber of Commerce, the Welcome Place and the Center for Holistic Health and Wellness.

The event will be prior to the start of the Saturday night Oktoberfest auction and dance, at the Pelican VFW Club.