October 1, 2009 at 8:03 a.m.

Shafer Days rounds out a year full of wonderful festivals, lets go Wildcats

Shafer Days rounds out a year full of wonderful festivals, lets go Wildcats
Shafer Days rounds out a year full of wonderful festivals, lets go Wildcats

The winds turn and the temps are starting to dip.  In Shafer, that could only mean Shafer Days. The official last summer celebration of the area takes place this weekend.

Shafer plays host to the ever growing, popular Shafer Days. Tonight kicks off with Royalty being crowned at the Shafer Creamery.

Friday has a little more happening. As always, you can purchase some apples from one of my favorite orchards Pleasant Vally Orchard. Apples are just entering the peak of taste, and Pleasant Valley has all kinds.

Saturday, the events turn up the heat. Beginning with a breakfast at the Shafer Fire Station, followed by the hunt for the missing clog. If you have a Shafer Days button, finding the clog will net you a cool $100. Saturday includes an antique car show, crafters and food vendors along Red Wing Avenue. There is also an antique bicycle show, a volleyball tournament, a tractor show, a fire station open house and...... you get the picture.

The good folks of Shafer wanted me to let you know, that if it has been a while since you attended a Shafer Days, it has changed. It has gotten bigger, and most importantly, it has gotten better.

Make sure you check out a complete listing of all Shafer Days events in this edition of the County Press.

If you have driven through Chisago City lately, you might have noticed a change. Joe's Pizza has taken its sign down (now only operating in Wyoming.) The Chisago City site is now Roma Pizza. Never heard of Roma Pizza? Me neither, but I have heard of Scandia Pizza. The same people that have been running Scandia Pizza since 1987, are now the owners of Roma Pizza.

Ask anyone in Scandia what they think of Scandia Pizza and they will go on and on about how good it is. Sharon and Bill Olson plan on bringing their wonderful pizza recipes to your dinner table.

The Olsons have lived in the area since 1987 and have raised one son. When asked about what makes their pizza different from the rest, Sharon is quick to point out that they only use fresh toppings and tons of fresh grated cheese. Everything on their pizza is made from scratch and from what the people of Scandia tell me, you can really taste the freshness.

If you have ever been to Wild River State Park, chances are you probably have bumped into Dave Crawford. Dave has worked at the park for years and years and has headed many park functions like Maple Syruping, bird tours and much more.

Dave is retiring from his naturalist position at the park. A successor has yet to be named, but one thing is for sure, there will never be another Dave.

Over the years, Dave has answered all emails that have come his way, and now that he is retiring, he wants people to know that they can still reach him at [email protected]. He will still answer your questions about prairie restoration, plant ID, wildlife, local history, requests for speaking and anything related to nature.

Sometimes when I write about a person retiring, some people tell me it's like reading their obit. Well I can tell you this, knowing Dave, he will be busier now than before he was retired.

Tomorrow is Homecoming for Chisago Lakes. If you have read articles in the sports section, you know that Coach Weiss has put together another good team this season. Homecoming games are always exciting, and this year should be no different. The Wildcats take on North Suburban foe Totino Grace. Totino seems to always be at the top of the conference, and hopefully the Wildcats will knock them off their throne.

If you head out to the game, make sure you bring a non-perishable food item. The Grid Iron Club would like to re-stock the local food shelf with your help. After you donate your food item, make sure to buy a tasty brat and chips on the plaza. All proceeds will be matched by some great local businesses.

So grab the kids, grab some food from your pantry, and head up to the Wildcat game. Feel good knowing you are helping a neighbor in times of need and watch the Wildcats beat the Eagles.

I have five tickets to the Renaissance Festival for this weekend. If you are the first person to call and tell me how much you love the County Press, I will give these tickets to you. Obviously I am joking about praising the Press...unless you really want to compliment the paper. Our phone number is 651-257-5115.


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