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The start of summer SummerFest back at RTC grounds for 3rd year

June 12, 2014

By Chris Reinoos, Fergus Falls Daily Journal, Minn.

June 12--The way Emily Larby and the other members of the SummerFest committee look at it, their event marks the official beginning of summer in Fergus Falls.

This year, that means summer starts on Friday and Saturday, when SummerFest returns to the RTC grounds for the third time.

"Our biggest desire with SummerFest, 38 years in the running, is to make this about the community and bring the community together and showcase what is going on," Larby said.

About 125 vendors and 17 non-profit organizations have signed up for spots at SummerFest, according to Larby. That includes a wide variety of festival food and products, including jewelry and crafts.

The grounds open noon Friday. Live music starts at 5 p.m., followed by the street dance at 8 p.m. As with many of the entertainment at SummerFest, there is no cover charge for those two events.

Saturday is more of a family-oriented day, with a dog show, nine bounce houses and, new this year, paintball target practice set for that day. Also planned is the 28th annual 50s and 60s Night, sponsored by the Classic Car Club of Fergus Falls. The show starts at 1 p.m. and runs until dusk on the RTC grounds.

Organizers always try to add a few things to the festival each year, according to Larby.

"We like to introduce something new and change it up," she said. "We try to accommodate all age groups so that there is something for everybody."

The weather always plays a large part in attendance and there is some rain forecasted for Saturday. But Larby said the festival will go on rain or shine, barring severe weather.

The two-day event culminates with the parade beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Larby is hoping for any rain to hold off until later Saturday evening.


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