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Granite Falls Advocate Tribune - Granite Falls, MN
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  • Western Fest week is already here and things are buzzing. I've always said that it's the best week of the year in Granite and that's a credit to a whole lot of dedicated volunteers and organizations. They are dedicated to making sure that Western Fest is a well-run and financially-stable community celebration that will be...
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  •     Western Fest week is already here and things are buzzing. I’ve always said that it’s the best week of the year in Granite and that’s a credit to a whole lot of dedicated volunteers and organizations. They
    are dedicated to making sure that Western Fest is a well-run and financially-stable community celebration that will be around for a long time. this comes at a time when many towns all around Minnesota are struggling with ways to keep a summer festival or celebration alive.
        Keeping people involved and enthused is always a challenge for any endeavor like Western Fest but somehow the various organizations who work so well together and who do so much for so many other people still find the time and the volunteers to take an active and important role in making Western Fest the best it can be.
        It is always a challenge when you or your group comes from differing interests and needs and yet, more often than not, the various organizations in Granite Falls seem to find common ground and work together. That doesn’t just happen.
        It requires a whole lot of folks taking a big look at what is good for the community and it takes a good committee to successfully reach out to and work with all the volunteers and their organizations and coordinate the fun.
     The thousands of folks who attend the rodeo, watch the parade, attend the street dances and go to or participate in the many other worthwhile and fun activities are all a testimony to the thought that the countless hours and hard work are all well worth the effort it takes to make Western Fest happen.
        Be sure to enjoy the celebration this weekend and be sure to say thanks to the many volunteers who do so much to make it all happen.
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        We were glad to see the good turnout for the Yellow Medicine County Relay for Life in Clarkfield recently. Relay for Life is another very worthy event  and takes dozens of hours of planning and coordinating  in order to make it all happen.
        In past years, after Relay for Life was moved to Clarkfield, it was like a nice follow-up to  Heart of the Prairie Days.
        That didn’t happen this year and we hope that Heart of the Prairie Days will be back next year. We missed seeing all that activity during the first week of June and we missed the rhubarb pie at the city hall, too.
        All it  will take is some eager and willing volunteers and Heart of the Prairie days will be back next year.
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