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Rustic Lore celebrates its 41st year

By Cara L. Dempski

GLENWOOD CITY — In 1976, Rustic Lore became the name of Glenwood City’s annual end-of-summer celebration, after having been the annual snowmobile derby for several years prior.

This year, the celebration sees its 41st year, and will be held September 9, 10 and 11 with events all over the community. The theme is “Life’s a Beach.”

The events kick off Friday, September 9, with city-wide garage sales opening at 8 a.m. Information sheets for the sales will be available at Nilssen’s Foods and Countryside Cooperative.

Friday will also see the Rustic Lore picnic, in the parking lot of Hiawatha National Bank, from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. The sawdust prize search, a kids coin hunt, will kick off on Main Street at 6 p.m. Activities such as minnow races, sidewalk decorating and face painting will also be available for children at 6 p.m.

A softball tournament will start at the city ball field at 6 p.m., while across town the sixth annual FFA Alumni Tractor Pull will start at the St. Croix County Fairgrounds at 6:30 p.m.

From 8 p.m. until midnight, the band “Boondoggle” will be playing for a street dance at the Rustic Lore tent on Main Street.

Saturday, September 10 will see a continuation of the garage sales and softball tournament at 8 a.m. Holy Cross Lutheran Church will host a craft and vendor sale from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., while Glenwood Orchard will hold Apple Fest and a Craft Sale from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Leaker’s Place will be holding a beanbag tournament on Main Street; it is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The band “The Weekenders” will provide music on Main Street, playing in the Rustic Lore tent starting at 3 p.m.

Glenwood City High School will be the site of the Miss Glenwood City Queen’s pageant and coronation at 7 p.m. The fun moves back downtown for a street dance at 8:30 p.m. Dancers will hear the music of the band “October Road” until 12:30 a.m.

Sunday, September 11 will open with the Apple Fest and Craft Sale again at Glenwood Orchard from 9 a.m. – 5p.m. A barbeque chicken dinner will be served at the Glenwood City Community Center from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and a pie social will be held from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Main Street.

At 1 p.m. on Sunday, grand marshals Larry “Leaker” and Cheryl Standaert will lead the grand parade down Main Street. Immediately following the parade, there will be a pedal tractor pull on Main Street. Children will compete for prizes, before the pedal tractors are turned over to the representatives of local businesses for the “Battle of the Businesses.”

Band awards will be presented at the fairgrounds following the parade, and the raffle prizes will be announced on Main Street.

Starting at 2:30 p.m., M&M bar will have live music from the band “Livid” until 6:30 p.m.

The Glenwood Area History Center will be open the entire weekend.

Celebrants are able to purchase Rustic Lore buttons at local businesses. These buttons will have numbers on them, and numbers will be called all weekend for prize giveaways.

Those who purchase buttons can also register to win the $100 prize for finding the “Golden Wheel.” In order to be eligible, the number on the button must be registered at city hall or by contacting MaryPat Weeks.

Clues for the hunt will be posted starting Wednesday September 7. They will be posted at Countryside Cooperative, Hiawatha National Bank, Nilssen’s Foods, Glenwood City Hall and online at