Add it all up, and it's almost a fall festival

    The Corn Stalk Jamboree will be in full swing this Saturday, Oct. 13, along with an opportunity for Crookston residents to share their ideas and input on what the Downtown Square should look like.

    Everyone is invited to pop into the lover level of Bremer Bank from 8:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday to take part in a hands-on community workshop, known as a “Design Charette,” where new ideas and options for changing the Downtown Square, located on the space formerly home to Crookston Central High School, will be discussed. The purpose of this event is to tap into both the needs and values of those who live in Crookston, explained Amanda Lien at the Crookston Area Chamber of Commerce, along with the expertise of professionals and decision-makers who want to improve the Downtown Square. Hot breakfast and coffee will be available for those brainstorming at Bremer Bank.

    City Administrator Tony Chladek said that during the “charrette,” it’s possible that a stroll to the Downtown Square itself will take place.

    This Downtown Square Design Charrette is being held in conjunction with the Crookston InMotion community stewardship initiative.

    While deliberation and decision-making about the Downtown Square’s future goes on, the adjacent American Federal green space will be in bustling as well as part of the Corn Stalk Jamboree which will last from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Throughout the jamboree, vendors will be selling pumpkins, gourds, straw bales, jewelry and crafts. A quilt raffle will also be in session along with the "People's Choice" Cornstalk Contest.

    As for entertainment for the afternoon, thanks to a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council, The Woodpicks will be performing from 1 to 2:30 p.m. There will also be plenty of kid-friendly activities including an egg toss, a hay stack scramble, spoon races, free pony rides and a petting zoo. Artist Sister Norma Jean Edie will be offering up her Halloween backdrop for kids to take a Halloween photo shoot.

    Don't forget to stop by the Farmer's Market, where vegetables, breads, meats, donuts and lefse will be sold. With a donation to the food shelf, homemade vegetable soup and bread with crackers will be offered up.

    If inclement weather is to occur, everything will be held at the Crookston National Guard Armory.