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Muskie Days celebration is well attended

Nevis C&C is already planning 70th annual event in 2020

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This year, admission to kids games and the bouncy house was free to youth 15 and under and was a popular spot in Muskie Park Saturday. (Lorie Skarpness/Enterprise)

Muskie Days committee coordinator Tracy Ganley said everything came together to make this one of the best Muskie Days.

“It was a banner year as far as we are concerned,” she said. “I think it all went well. The weather was nice, and everything seemed to go off without a hitch. We got done with the church service Sunday and then it started to sprinkle, so that was perfect timing. We don’t have numbers yet, but it seems like attendance was up, too.”

Ganley said every event was well attended.

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“It was our first corn hole tournament, and we had 22 teams participate, so I was happy with that,” she said. “The 5K had a lot of participants, including several families. Lots of kids participated in the fishing tournament and the kids’ games the fire department put on.

Ganley said she heard “a ton of good comments” about the location of the main stage.

“People liked that it was in the grass, there was shade, and it had a cozier feel,” she said.

Plans are already underway for next year’s big 70th anniversary Muskie Days celebration. New ideas and volunteers are welcome. Anyone interested in helping can contact Ganley at Muskie Waters in Nevis.

“We’re always looking for sponsors and volunteers,” she said. “We’ll do a wrap-up session on this year’s Muskie Days and then start brainstorming for next year.”

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Ready, set, race! Children gathered around the minnow race table to take turns cheering and seeing which minnow would finish first to win prizes. (Lorie Skarpness/Enterprise)

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Ready, set, race! Children gathered around the minnow race table to take turns cheering and seeing which minnow would finish first to win prizes. (Lorie Skarpness/Enterprise)

Lorie Skarpness has lived in the Park Rapids area since 1997 and has been writing for the Park Rapids Enterprise since 2017. She enjoys writing features about the people and wildlife who call the north woods home.
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