June 25, 2022

Grant County Herald

Community news from the prairie to the lakes

Rune Stone Days opens summer

Kensington Rune Stone Days will run for four days this summer, starting Thursday, June 16 and running through Sunday, June 19. It all kicks off Thursday evening with the Little Miss Rune Stone and Miss Rune Stone Pageant, 7:00 p.m. at the Community Center. To register, contact Ronda Simpson at 320-460-0378.

Friday begins with city wide garage sales and a bake sale at the Kensington Bank. 

The Kensington Commercial Club Supper of pulled pork with all the fixings will be served from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Community Center. 

Also, at 6:00 p.m. there will be a baseball game featuring the K-MRS Bald Eagles and the Urbank Goldtimers. Ashby Axe will be on Main Street from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., and Kensington Commercial Club will sponsor Family Fun Night with Bounce and Get Down Inflatables until 9:00 p.m. 

Stick around for a street dance featuring Now That’s Entertainment, aka DJ Wonderful from 8:00 p.m. until midnight.

Friday wraps up with fireworks at 10:00 p.m.

Saturday starts off with the Lion’s Pancake Breakfast, from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at the Community Center. The bake sale by the Nora Church Ladies continues as well.

There will be a Craft and Vendor Show at the Community Center from 8:00 a.m. until noon. To reserve a spot call Julie Smith at 320-815-3498.

The Co-Ed Softball Tournament gets underway Saturday morning. Pre-register your team by June 14 with Mike Hagen at 612-799-5627. There will be an eight team maximum.

If golf is your thing, Hardwood Hills Golf Course will host a Three-Person Golf Tournment. Call Pryce Score to sign up at 320-965-2711 or Hardwood Hills for more information at 320-886-1400.

Kids Zone will feature fun for all ages at Kensington Memorial Park from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. You can Build Your Own Birdhouse, discover gems at the Gem Mining Experience, plant flowers and paint a flowerpot, make your own slime, take part in the T&T Pedal Pull, or pet the animals from Erickson’s Petting Zoo. Concessions will be on site from Pope County 4-H.

Adults can Paint and Sip with Jane Gardner on Main Street from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. or take part in the Bean Bag Tournament at 2:00 p.m. Sign up your two person team with Chad Simpson at 320-815-2282, or you can sign-up one half an hour before the fun starts.

Ardys Elaine-Thompson will be  singing gospel and the songs of Patsy Cline at the Kensington Community Center from 1:00-2:00p.m., and there will be axe throwing by Woodman Axe Throwing on Main Street from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

The busy day ends with a street dance featuring Swift Sounds DJ from 9:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m.

Sunday at the Kensington Rune Stone Days starts out with a Classic Car Show from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.. For more information, call Rick Spillman at 320-965-2794.

The Kensington Cafe will be hosting a special Father’s Day Luncheon from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

The annual Antique Tractor Pull starts at 11:00 a.m. with weigh-ins starting at 8:00 a.m. at Kuseske Enterprises. For more information, call Karl Hausmann at 320-304-0905 or Benjamin Hausemann at 320-304-4816. There will be concessions at the site and all tractors are welcome to participate in the big Rune Stone Days Parade at 1:30 p.m. If you have a unit for the parade, call Rachel Swenson at 320-760-3752.

After the long weekend, relax at the Kensington Norsemen baseball game. First pitch is at 4:00 p.m.

There will be food vendors available throughout the weekend and organizers ask that there be no parking on main street from 4:30 p.m. Friday until after the parade on Sunday.