July 18, 2024

Rune Stone Days is this month

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Jake Sias

Grant County Herald

Kensington’s annual Rune Stone Days, a highly anticipated community event, is set to begin on June 13 and run through June 16. This four-day celebration promises a wide array of activities and entertainment designed to engage residents and visitors of all ages.

The festivities will commence on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. with the Little Miss Rune Stone and Miss Rune Stone Pageant at the Kensington Community Center. This event, a beloved tradition, showcases the talent and poise of young participants, who compete for the titles.

Friday’s schedule is packed with activities starting at 8 a.m. Citywide garage sales will take place throughout the day, offering a treasure trove of items for bargain hunters. Concurrently, the 50+ Club will hold a bake sale at Kensington Bank, providing a variety of homemade treats. 

In the evening, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Kensington Commercial Club Family Fun Night will take over Main Street. The event will feature Woodsman Axe Throwing, a thrilling activity that tests participants’ accuracy and skill. Rock Hound will also be available. Bounce N Get Down Inflatables will provide entertainment for children, with wristbands available for $10. The night will end with a spectacular fireworks display at 10 p.m., sponsored by the Kensington Fire Department and the Commercial Club, lighting up the night sky and bringing the community together in celebration.

Saturday morning kicks off with the Kensington Lions Pancake Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Kensington Community Center. The Nora Church ladies will host a bake sale simultaneously. Garage sales will continue citywide, and the day’s sports events will begin with a four-person golf tournament at 8:30 a.m. at Hardwood Hills Golf Course. Participants can contact Pryce Score at 320-965-2711 for more information.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., craft, direct sales, and food vendors will set up at Memorial Field in Kensington, offering a variety of goods and culinary delights. This marketplace provides an excellent opportunity for visitors to shop for unique items and enjoy local food.

The Kid Zone at Kensington Memorial Park will be a highlight from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This area, designed for children of all ages, includes free activities such as trout fishing, an inflatable BB gun range, and a bow and arrow range. Kids can also participate in minnow races and the “Build Your Own Bluebird House” workshop, sponsored by West Central Hunters for Habitat. The West Central Rock Hound Gem Mining Experience will allow children to discover hidden treasures, and concessions will include sno-cones and cotton candy.

The afternoon continues with a bean bag tournament at 1 p.m. on Main Street. Teams of two can register for the competition by contacting Chad Simpson at 320-815-2282. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., attendees can join a “Paint & Sip” session with Jane Gardner at the Kensington Community Center, where participants can enjoy wine while creating art. Alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase from the K-Town Bar.

Evening activities on Saturday include another round of Woodsman Axe Throwing from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. At 6 p.m., the Kensington Norsemen will play a baseball game against Alexandria. The day will conclude with a street dance from 9 p.m. to midnight, featuring music by Outlaw DJ. Admission to the dance is cash only.

Sunday begins with a classic car show at 8 a.m. Rick Spillman can be contacted at 320-965-2794 for more information. The show will display a variety of classic cars, and all owners are welcome to participate. At 11 a.m., the Father’s Day Luncheon will be held at the Kensington Café.

A community church service will take place at 10:30 a.m. at the Kensington Community Center. Following the service, the antique tractor pull will begin with weigh-ins at 8 a.m. at Kueseke Enterprises. The pull will start at 12 p.m. For more information, Carl Hausmann can be contacted at 320-304-0905, and Benjamin Hausmann at 320-304-4816.

The parade, a central feature of the weekend, will start at 1 p.m. All classic cars are invited to join. Concessions will be available on site, ensuring that attendees can enjoy refreshments while watching the parade.

Concluding the event at 4 p.m., the K-MRS Bald Eagles will face off against the Fergus Falls River Dawgs in a baseball game, providing an exciting end to the weekend’s festivities.

Kensington Rune Stone Days offer a diverse range of activities catering to all interests, thanks to the dedicated efforts of sponsors and volunteers. This celebration exemplifies community spirit and provides an opportunity for residents and visitors to come together and create lasting memories.

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