Arts and crafts of all descriptions spanned two city parks in Pelican Rapids July 27. By most reports from vendors, shoppers and non-profit grroups involved in teh event, the annual Pelican Art in the Park was a great success. The event is one of the community’s biggest draws in the summer, and the downtown district was busy much of the day. It is also a big day for civic groups and non-profit organizations, who join in with concessions and other activities.
The Pelican Rapids Art in the Park has become a showcase not only for art and craft vendors, but also an opportunity for area non-profit and civic organizations to participate. Numerous organizations and churches are involved–from the St. Leonard’s Catholic Church, which hosts a pork feed; to Grove Lake Lutheran, which had a booth at the art fair. Pictured here, the volunteer crew that organized and set up for the art fair–pictured on the grounds of the event, which spanned two city parks. According to Paula Waller, there were 82 vendors in this year’s event.
The Welcome Place hosted its annual salad luncheon during Art in the Park, with churches from throughout the area represented–as volunteers and also with the silent auction fundraiser connected to the lunch. Area churches supporting The Welcome Place included Cormorant Lutheran, Calvary Evangelical Free, Zion on Franklin Lake, Faith Lutheran, Grove Lake, Central Lutheran, North Immanuel, Congregational of Detroit Lakes and Trinity Lutheran–where the lunch was hosted. Pictured from left, Deb Bruns, Judi Mouw, Julia Held, Diane Bakken, Ileen Runngren and Lois Bauman.
The crew from the Pelican Rapids American Legion Post has made the Pelican Art in the Park an annual fundraising event, serving concessions under the shelter at Sherin Park.
One of the flags on the famous Pelican Rapids suspension bridge flies, with the tents of the Art in the Park in the background.
The Pelican Rapids Friends of the Library had a busy day during Art in the Park, as volunteers worked the till and sold books by the hundreds. Pictured is Ruth Holmgren, who coordinates the book sales, which are a fundraiser for the public library.
The local group “Hazel’s Cat Friends of Pelican Rapids” had a Main Street showing during the Pelican Rapids Art in the Park, with a flea market/rummage sale. The group is encouraging area volunteer and financial support for its TNR programs, which is Trap, Neuter, Return–as a long term approach to reduce stray cat populations. The group operates as a non-profit under the umbrella of the PAWS humane organization. From left, Katharine Montgomery Hagen, Levi Hunter, Julie (Kjos) Hunter, Diane Everhart, Hazel Hovde, Nikki Aipperspach and Anita Pearson.