One thing I’ve discovered in this job as Chamber Director is that it’s difficult to start something new or make changes to a long standing event. Every year, the chamber hosts the Ag Open golf tournament. It’s a chance for chamber members to host a team, get together for a game of golf and socialize over a great steak dinner. This year, I decided to change things up and add a disc golf tournament the night before on August 17 , with the regular Ag Open tournament on August 18. There are two categories for the disc golf, under age 15 with no entry fee and a $50 prize, and adults with a $10 entry fee and a $100 prize. On August 18, golf teams can also try their skill at disc golf before the Ag Open tournament starts at 4 p.m. The deadline for entering any of the disc golf tournaments is Tuesday, August 15. I’ve also added a fun new scratch-off golf game which anybody can do! All entrants and also dinner only customers will get a chance to win the prize for the scratch-off game, it’s as easy as scratching off your lottery ticket. Thank you to the sponsors who have already signed up – the Granite Falls Bank and Granite Falls Energy. So even if you don’t play regular golf, get in on the fun this year with either the disc golf tournament or the scratch-off game! Additional scratch-off tickets will also be available to purchase at Granite Run the day of the tournament. Contact the chamber office for more details and to sign up your team!

Another new event this year is the performances by the Sod House Theater, August 18 and 19 at 7 p.m. and August 20 at 1 p.m. This theater group is headed by Luverne Seifert, Theater and Arts Department of the University of Minnesota and his wife, Darcey Engen, Associate Professor and Chair of the Theater Arts Department at Augsburg College.

The music for the performances is performed by Ashley Hanson and Brian Laidlaw. Ashley has been in charge of past theater performances and Brian is a poet and musician who has recorded and had concerts here in Granite Falls. They also bring with them a group of interns and include local actors and musicians. The “walking theater” will begin in Rice Park, then move to the popcorn stand and the upper level of the American Legion. Get your tickets at the chamber office!