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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • Dates set for Redwood's 2015 summer celebration

  • Craig and Cindy LaBrie looked much more rested and relaxed this past Wednesday afternoon – just three days removed from one of the biggest celebrations the town of Redwood Falls has ever experienced....
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  • Craig and Cindy LaBrie looked much more rested and relaxed this past Wednesday afternoon – just three days removed from one of the biggest celebrations the town of Redwood Falls has ever experienced. “It was a great weekend. We are very happy with how things went,” said Craig, adding while there were some disappointments about events being postponed and cancelled due to high water, there was still enough going on to keep people in town throughout the weekend. While the LaBries spearheaded the celebration, they recognized an event like this does not happen without lots and lots of volunteers. “People really stepped up,” said Cindy. “When we asked for people they were there.” Those who helped lead the different events from the all-school reunion to the tournaments did a great job, added Craig and Cindy. Granted, the couple agreed, there are lessons to be learned from the event, as they think about ways to make it better in years to come. Does this event have a future? According to the LaBries, it does, as the dates for the 2015 celebration in Redwood Falls have been set – June 19-21. “We’ll scale things back a little bit, though,” said Craig with a smile.
    In order to best prepare for next year, input from attendees is being requested. Cindy said a survey has been set up online for people to fill out, and all are encouraged to do so. Find it at www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZQS25S9. Craig said the hope is to incorporate the Lake Redwood and other water events into next year’s celebration, adding the 2014 Duck Dash is going to be held after the water recedes. “You don’t have to be present to win,” said Cindy, adding one can still purchase tickets up to the point when the dash is held. Some of the memorabilia is still for sale, added Craig, who said the sale of those items is going to help fund the celebration in the future. Find out more about those items and other information at celebrateredwoodfalls.com. One of the decisions to be made in advance of next year’s celebration is to find a name. Craig said he has some ideas, but a final decision has not been made. The LaBries said they have to communicate with some of the groups hosting events, such as the 5K, community parade and fly-in breakfast to guage their interest in having their events correspond with the June 2015 event. More info follows. Results from events held during the Redwood Falls anniversary celebration were made available recently. They include: • Sand volleyball tournament – A Bracket champion - Electric Motor Company; A Bracket runner up - Ochs Construction and B Bracket champion - Bechyn Electric • Bean bag tournament – Shon Giernet and Justin Theis, first place; Ty Pendleton and Alex Knobloch, second place and Juan and Marcos Hernandez, third place • Scramble golf tournament – Longest drive - Hepi Robertson; Closest to the pin - Randy Dahms and Team draw - Randy Dahms, Gilbert Schmitz, John Jenniges and John Seehausen • Scavenger hunt – Kim, Xander, Connor and Cameron Seamon and Mathew Witte, first place; Bill, Ginger, Linda and Laurie Schmidt, second place and Gerry and Deb Hess, Amanda, Brady, Cody and Hunter Grommesch and Ethan and Alex Pehrson, third place
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