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Cottage Grove's Firemen's Festival in June packed with fun
6/1/2003 - Joyce Hastings, Cottage Grove Economic Development Corporation
This festival, June 12 - 15, is community's biggest event of the year. Events include carnival rides, a parade, baseball games, a giant horse pull, music entertainment, a pancake breakfast, and one of the largest fireworks display in the area.

The 72nd annual Cottage Grove Fireman’s Festival will be held at Fireman’s Park Thursday, June 12, to Sunday, June 15. Enjoy carnival rides; a parade; baseball games; a children’s pedal tractor, garden tractor, and giant horse pulls; bingo, a pancake breakfast; and a fireworks display. Purchase raffle tickets to win 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 night with a non-alcohol teen night, carnival rides, and two baseball games. With the purchase of an armband for $12, teens can ride carnival rides from 6 – 10 p.m. (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, Rockin Royals, Smokin’ Crawdads, The Keatons, Axle Grease, Chuck Bayuk, Xception, The Britins, and Midlife Crisis. 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 were used to purchase of AED Defibrillators placed in the Cottage Grove Police Department’s cars. The Fire Department also purchased new Scott Air Packs, provided continuing education awards for 11 Cottage Grove students, and responded to cash donations for nine area youth organizations. Support the Fire Department by purchasing raffle tickets at the event. Special thanks to Homburg Equipment & Contractors, Waste Management and R.G. Huston Co. for their support.

Calendar of Events

THURSDAY, JUNE 12, NON-ALCOHOL TEEN NIGHT

5 p.m – Teener Baseball vs. Marshall

6 – 10 p.m. – Armband Night ($12 admission), all-you-can-ride Carnival Rides

7:30 p.m. –. Legion Baseball vs. Marshall

FRIDAY, JUNE 13

5 p.m – Teener Baseball vs. Deerfield

5 – 7 p.m – Live radio remote, Sports Drive Show with Steve and Craig, 100.5 FM

7 – 10 p.m. – Bingo

7:30 p.m. – Garden Tractor Pull

8 p.m. – Midnight – Old Timer’s Tent (Music by Kristi B Band)

9 – 12:30 a.m. – Big Beer Tent (Music by Smokin’ Crawdads)

SATURDAY, JUNE 14

10 a.m. – Jr. Teener Baseball vs. Monona

11:30 a.m. – Parade (Starts at the Elementary School on Main Street)

2 p.m. – Home Talent Baseball vs. DeForest

2 - 6 p.m. - The Rockin Royals

3 – 5 p.m. – Live radio remote, WOLX 94.9 FM w/Car Cruise Club

3 – 10 p.m. – Bingo

3:30 – 5:30 p.m. – Music in the Old Timer’s Tent

4:30 p.m. – Monona Grove Alumni Game

8 p.m. – American Legion Baseball vs. Waterloo

8 p.m. - Midnight – Old Timer’s Tent (Music by The Keatons)

8 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. – Big Beer Tent (Music by The Britins)

SUNDAY, JUNE 15

7:30 – 11:30 a.m. – Cottage Grove Lions Pancake Breakfast (at the Shelter)

9:30 a.m. – Giant horse pull

1 p.m. – Bingo and Home Talent Baseball vs. Columbus

1:30 - 4 p.m. -- Big Beer Tent (Music by Chuck Bayuk)

5 - 9 p.m. -- Armband Night ($12 admission), All-you-can-ride Carnival Rides

5:15 p.m. -- Kid's Peddle Tractor Pull

5:30 - 9:30 p.m. -- Big Beer Tent (Music by Midlife Crisis)

5:30 - 9:30 p.m. -- Old Timer's Tent (Music by Xception)

6:30 p.m. -- Boy Scout's Flag Retiring Ceremony

9:45 p.m. -- Raffle Drawings (Following Fireworks)

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