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Adams Dairy Days kicks off the small town festivals

Adams will kick off the small town festival season by hosting Dairy Days Friday through Sunday.

This annual event has been held since the 1970s and draws an annual visitation of 1,500 to 2,000 people.

“It’s a great way to start your summer,” said Gail Anderson of the Adams Booster Club, who puts on the annual event.

Although this year’s event will not be as large as previous years, there is still plenty to do. There will be games in Adams City Park and numerous events, such as a car show and performance by the Forty Milers at the Adams American Legion. A two-day long rummage sale will be held on Friday and Saturday as well as the ever popular Sunday parade.

And, as always, the Dairy Days Prince and Princess will be coronated on Sunday.

The 2017 Adams Dairy Days Grand marshals are Corky and Judy Krebsbach.

“It’s just fun,” Anderson said.

The girls teen division contestants for the Ice Cream Eating Contest compete during Dairy Days in Adams in 2014. Photo provided

Dairy Days schedule of events

Friday, June 9

•Citywide rummage sale — all day

•20 miles of garage sales along the Shooting Star Byway Leroy-Taopi-Adams-Rose Creek and places between (continues into Saturday)

•Dodge ball tournament — starting at 4 p.m. at Southland High School

•Co-ed entering grade 4-6 — 4 p.m.

•Boys entering grade 7-9 — 5 p.m.

•Girls entering grade 7-adult — 7p.m.

•Boys entering grade 10-adult — 8 p.m.

•Outdoor movie: “Moana” starting at 9 p.m. at the car wash lot (or in the Adams American Legion in the event of inclement weather). Refreshments served by Lucky Clovers 4-H.

Saturday, June 10

•City-wide rummage sale continues

•Lions Club pancake breakfast and silent auction — 8 to 11 a.m. at the Adams American Legion

•Runs/Walks — registration starts at 8:15 a.m. at Sacred Heart School

•5K run/walk — 9 a.m. (entry fee $5)

•Kids mile fun run — 9:05 a.m. (entry fee $1)

•Duathlon — 10:30 a.m. (2 mile run/10 mile bike/2 mile run; entry fee $10)

•Big-Cup golf tournament — 9 a.m. at the Cedar River Country Club

•Youth beanbag tournament behind Adams American Legion/City Hall — 1 p.m. (registration from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.)

•Car show behind Adams American Legion — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (registration from 9 to 11 a.m.)

•Sanctioned kiddie pedal pull behind Adams American Legion — 2 p.m.

•Adult beanbag tournament behind Adams American Legion — 6 p.m. (registration from 5 to 5:45 p.m.)

•Steak fry at the Adams American Legion — 5 to 8:30 p.m. (Military Museum will be open)

•Free live music by Wasted Weekend on Commerce Street — 8 p.m. to midnight

Sunday, June 11

•Coronation of Dairy Days Prince and Princess at Southland High School — noon

•Grand parade — 1 p.m. (Parade route: Head south on Second Street to Bergen Street, then head west to Fifth Street, then north on Fifth Street)

In Adams City Park

•Pickup, semi and tractor pull — 11 a.m.

•Kids games — after parade

•Meet and greet with Clifford — after parade

•Meet and greet with Nordy, Minnesota Wild mascot (sponsored by Freeborn Mower Operation Round Up) — after parade

•Meet and greet with Goldy, Minnesota Gophers mascot (sponsored by United Farmers State Bank) — after parade

•Adams Fire Department kids’ water fights at the basketball courts — 2 p.m.

Downtown

•Lady Auxiliary luncheon at the Adam American Legion — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

•Adams American Legion Military Museum open after the parade

•Chicken fry at the Adams American Legion — 4 to 8 p.m.

•Forty Milers perform at the Adams American Legion stage — 5 p.m.

•Ice cream eating contest — 7 p.m.

•Milking contest — 8 p.m.

•Cash prize drawing — after milking contest in front of the Northern Country Co-op