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Granite Falls Advocate Tribune - Granite Falls, MN
  • Western Fest Street Dance will remain at Richter Field in 2013

  • According to Granite Falls Lion's member, Craig Opdahl, there has been almost nothing but good things said about the relocation of the Western Fest Street Dance, and so when the 25th Anniversary of the rodeo comes around next year the street dance will again be held at Richter Field.
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  • According to Granite Falls Lion's member, Craig Opdahl, there has been almost nothing but good things said about the relocation of the Western Fest Street Dance, and so when the 25th Anniversary of the rodeo comes around next year the street dance will again be held at Richter Field.
    Opdahl was present at Monday's Granite City Council meeting to seek the city's approval on the matter on behalf of the Lions and the Granite Falls Baseball Association. It was important to do it now, he said, because of factors that were dependent on having nailed down a location, such as better band rates and the printing of tickets.
    Council members agreed that comments in regard to the street dance's departure from the riverfront were by-and-large positive, with the only complaint coming from a single homeowner regarding a single individual who traversed their lawn at one point during the night. Otherwise people were said to have enjoyed the atmosphere provided by the grass and the lighting, while local homebodies noted that the sound didn't seem to carry so much.
    Opdahl also noted that the set-up was less arduous without having to worry about fencing and the placement of semi-trailers as boundaries, while the local police department felt the event was consolidated better. Any wear and tear on the ball field was also said to be minimal.
    Next year, Opdahl said that the Lions would like to make minor tweaks to improve the dance, while also adding attractions that would draw a more family-oriented crowd to the ball field and around town earlier on in the day. A blow-up carnival, mechanical bull and a tractor pull serve as a few of these potential events.

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