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Cottage Grove's Firemen's Festival packed with activities
6/4/2002 - Joyce Hastings, Cottage Grove Economic Development Corporation
Highlights of the festival, June 13 - 16, include carnival rides, a parade, baseball games, a giant horse pull, music entertainment, a pancake breakfast, a moonlight bike ride on the Glacial Drumlin Trail, and a fireworks display.

The 71st annual Cottage Grove Firemen’s Festival will be held at Fireman’s Park Thursday, June 13, to Sunday, June 16. Enjoy carnival rides; a parade; baseball games; a children’s pedal tractor, garden tractor, and giant horse pulls; a pancake breakfast; a moonlight bike ride on the Glacial Drumlin Trail; and a fireworks display. Purchase raffle tickets to win a Honda 4 x 4 ATV and trailer and a variety of other cash prizes and gift certificates donated by local businesses. Food and refreshments also are served on the grounds.

The festival kicks off Thursday with the traditional “all-you-can-ride” carnival rides, from 6 to 10 p.m., for $12 admission. The arm-band night also is planned for Sunday evening, from 5 – 9 p.m. Purchase advance ride tickets at local businesses for substantial savings.

Music entertainment is offered Friday to Sunday by various bands appealing to a variety of age groups. From country to rock, listen to the sounds of Kristi B Band, The Rousers, Smokin’ Crawdads, The Keatons, Axle Grease, Chuck Bayuk, and Sammy Llanas from the Bodeans. The festival ends Sunday at 9:45 p.m. with one of the area’s first and finest firework displays.

Help keep our roads safe. Use the SafeRider Service for a free lift home within a 12-mile radius or $5 outside of the area.

Proceeds from last year’s festival partially funded the Thermal Imaging Camera used to locate people or fire hotspots. In addition, the Fire Department provided scholarships to eight Monona Grove-area students and donations to 11 youth organizations, donations exceeding $18,000 last year.

Calendar of Events 71st Annual Cottage Grove Firemen’s Festival June 13 – 16, 2000

Thursday, June 13: Nonalcoholic Teen Night 5 p.m – Teener Baseball vs. Marshall 6 – 10 p.m. – Arm-band Night ($12 admission); All-you-can-ride Carnival Rides 7:30 p.m. – Jr. Legion Baseball vs. Evansville

Friday, June 14 5 p.m. – American Legion Baseball vs. Deerfield 5 – 7 p.m. – Live Radio Remote – The Sports Drive with Steve & Craig from 100X (100.5 FM) 7 – 10 p.m. – Bingo 7:30 p.m. – Garden Tractor Pull 8 – Midnight – Old Timer’s Tent (Music by Kristi B Band) 9 – 12:30 a.m. – Big Beer Tent (Music by The Rousers)

Saturday, June 15 10 a.m. – Teener Baseball vs. Deerfield 11:30 a.m. – Parade (Starts at the Elementary School on Main Street) 1 – 4 p.m. – Big Beer Tent (Karaoke) 2 p.m. – Home Talent Baseball; Cottage Grove vs. Rio 3 – 10 p.m. – Bingo 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. – Old Timer’s Tent (Music TBA) 5 p.m. – Jr. Teener Baseball vs. Stoughton 5 – 7:30 p.m. – Big Beer Tent (Music by Smokin’ Crawdads) 7 p.m. – Friends of Glacial Drumlin Trail Moonlight Bike Ride from Deerfield 8 p.m. – Midnight – Old Timer’s Tent (Music by The Keatons) 8 p.m. – American Legion Baseball vs. Cambridge 8:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. – Big Beer Tent (Music by Axle Grease)

Sunday, June 16 7:30 – 11:30 a.m. – Cottage Grove Lions Pancake Breakfast (at the Shelter) 9:30 a.m. – Giant Horse Pull 12:30 – 3 p.m. – Big Beer Tent (Music by Chuck Bayuk) 1 p.m. – Home Talent Baseball; Cottage Grove vs. Waterloo 3 – 8 p.m. – Bingo 4 – 6 p.m. – Big Beer Tent (Music by Smokin’ Crawdads) 5 – 9 p.m. – Arm-band Night ($12 admission); All-you-can-ride Carnival Rides 5 – 9 p.m. – Old Timer’s Tent (Music TBA) 5:15 p.m. – Kid’s Peddle Tractor Pull 6:30 p.m. – Boy Scouts Flag Retiring Ceremony 7:30 – 9:30 – Big Beer Tent (An Intimate Solo Acoustic Night With Sammy Llanas From The Bodeans) 9:45 p.m. – Fireworks (Raffle Drawing Following Fireworks)

For more information, email cgfire@aol.com.

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