Whoever scheduled the Granite Falls Volunteer Firemen’s Dance is somebody who likely:
-completes all of their chores before settling down in the evening to relax;
-views the Godfather Trilogy by always starting with part three;
-eats every single piece of grain cereal in a bowl of Lucky Charms before even thinking of endowing their spoon with a marshmallow.
In other words, whoever scheduled the Firemen’s Dance for the very tail end of Ole and Lena Days is somebody who likely saves the best for last.
This Saturday, February 2, the annual Ole and Lena Days celebration will once again be topped off with the Granite Falls Volunteer Firemen’s Dance.
The eighth annual rendition of the event, this year’s dance will be held from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. at the Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort where showgoers will be treated to the music of local fan favorite band, “Iron Horse.”
Based out of the Twin Cities and with a self described “eclectic sound that ranges from modern country to classic rock,” Iron Horse performed at last year’s Firemen’s Dance and was also a featured band at the 2011 Western Fest.
“We’re a very high energy, modern country band,” said Iron Horse vocalist and lead guitarist Pat Higgins. “We like to get people dancing and having a good time. And we really pride ourselves on our vocals.”
Iron Horse boasts a total of three lead singers but is fronted by Christina Rayne who made her Nashville recording debut with the album “Who She Ain’t” in 2007. A native of Sauk Centre, like all her fellow band members, Rayne hails from Minnesota.
As it has during each of the previous seven years, the annual firemen’s dance serves as not just a good time, but also as an important fundraiser for the fire department.
One of roughly three fundraisers held by the volunteer department per year, the proceeds from the event largely goes toward the purchase of equipment ranging from new ladders to thermal imaging devices.
“It is an important fundraiser for us,” said Granite Falls Assistant Fire Chief Craig Opdahl. “Hopefully people will support the department by packing the house. We’ve definitely lined up a group of talented Minnesota musicians who will be ready to rock it.”
Part and parcel with the dance, the Fire Department will also hold their annual drawing for a Harley Davidson motorcycle and cash prizes. The drawing will take place at 10:00 p.m. Raffle tickets cost $50 and only 650 will be sold. To purchase a chance at the 2013 FLHR Road King motorcycle, or the $1,850 of cash prizes contact any local firemen, or call (507) 430-6020.
Page 2 of 2 - Tickets to the dance are $5 per person and $10 per couple. To make sure everyone gets home safe after the fun, the fire department has also rented the Heartland Express bus service to transport event-goers to and from the Prairie’s Edge free of charge. Call (320) 564-3800 to schedule a ride.