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Menahga Midsummer Festival draws large crowd to participate in events

Sand flies during the 4 x 4 sand and mud race Sunday afternoon outside of Menahga. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)1 / 4
At left, 10-month-old Emersyn Schilling, of Utah, searches for coins in the grass during kids games Saturday. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)2 / 4
Marisa Alto, 11, pulls a fish out of Spirit Lake at the Kids Fishing Derby Sunday at the fishing pier. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)3 / 4
Kids run out into the field in search of their shoes during a game Saturday. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)4 / 4

The Menahga Midsummer Festival drew a large crowd to events throughout the weekend.

Overall, the weather cooperated, despite extreme heat Saturday and storm threats that evening.

Police chief Scott Koennicke said the weekend went smoothly for law enforcement.

"We had four to five arrests," he said. "For the most part it went well."

There was some vandalism at the school that he will continue to investigate. A lot of hours were put into the weekend but people seemed to behave overall, he said.

The Conservation Club Kids Fishing Derby Sunday was a hit for youth. Children filled the fishing pier on Spirit Lake to drop their lines in the water. The fish were biting, with several kids catching multiple fish.

Sponsors were the VFW Post 6206 Ladies Auxiliary Reeds Sports of Walker, Menahga Lions, First National Bank Menahga, Shell Sport and Bait, and Todd Wadena Electric Cooperative.

Other events included the St. Urho Walk and Run Saturday morning, games for children, old timers baseball tournament and the annual sand and mud run Sunday.

The grand prize winner of a 2010 Polaris 800 Ranger went to Marvin Jurva of Pelican Rapids.

Other prize winners included:

Donna Anderson, a water sports package; Wade Kaous, a patio furniture package; Aaron Hillukka, a rainy day package; Warren Warmbold, a his and her fishing package; George Koennicke, a his and her mountain bike package; Sheila Parvi, a grill package; Al Kleinke, a camping package; Jason Day, a bird watching package; Bill Belkey, a yard games package; and William Yokovan, a campfire package.

Bicycle winners were Joseph Ellington, of Menahga, and Katie Holden, of Menahga.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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