August 13, 2009 at 7:43 a.m.
Everyone I spoke with had a wonderful time. I have not heard, but I think the attendance numbers were just as high or higher than last year.
Thanks to the great folks that worked so hard on the Threshing Show. It really has become a "must see" event and word is getting out around the state on what a great time it is.
We still have a few more town celebrations before the snow flies. Next up is Ki Chi Saga Days. Ki Chi Saga Days is Chisago City's big celebration comparable to Karl Oskar Days. Ki Chi Saga Days will be held in one week and we will have all of your 2009 Ki Chi Saga Days information in the next Search and following Press. Make sure you get your 2009 Ki Chi Saga Days buttons, they are a collector and they just might win you a fabulous prize.
The reason I am writing about it now is the Ki Chi Saga Days committee is looking for entrants in a few events. They are looking for people who would like to show off their classic car in a car show. They are also looking for skateboarders who would like to compete in a skateboarding competition at Chuckie Lundquist Park. Finally, they are looking for the next "Little Miss Ki Chi Saga". Please see this edition of the Press for entry forms.
Next week is the second to last week of Lindstrom's Harmony in the Park concert series. Number of attendees have been great all summer and hopefully Mother Nature will assist on the last couple concerts. The Banjo Bandits will play next Wednesday followed by the Alzen Family Band in the final concert of the year. Bring your family, bring your friends, and bring your lawn chair.
I had the pleasure of attending one of the final meetings of the "Wall that Heals" committee last week. For those of you who have yet to hear, there is a one half scale replica of the Vietnam Wall coming to Lindstrom in just under a month.
What's the big deal you say? Well, this wall only makes a few stops per year, and when it does make a stop, tens of thousands come out to see it. The committee said it is planning on up to and possibly more than 20,000 people visiting the Wall over a four day stay. Before you drive yourself into a tizzy about traffic and out of towners cramping our laid-back small town, think about the ramifications.
This Wall, will not be back here ever again. Ever. This is our chance to see, touch and reflect with the Vietnam Wall first hand. I (as I suspect lots of others) personally would probably never have a chance to travel to Washington D.C. to experience the full size Vietnam Wall. This is a once in a lifetime experience for thousands and thousands of people.
If you are looking for more reasons to be excited about the Wall coming to town? What about those who will be visiting our area for the first time. They will be eating in our restaurants, shopping in our stores, staying in our motels, spending their money. I know one weekend does not make a businesses year financially, but with the economy being so down, any financial improvement would be most welcomed.
The Chisago Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce still has a few spaces left in their annual golf tournament. If you would like to enter your team, we would love to have you. Please call 257-1177 to sign up. There will be great prizes, great food, and guaranteed good times had by all.