Ox Cart Days was a ton of fun for everyone, especially those who participated and won prizes. Here are some results from the parade and other events:
HN Quality Plumbing's Torchlight Parade
The HN Quality Plumbing's Torchlight Parade was a huge success. There were many new floats and participants added this year. The winning results were: Best Lighting- Community of Nielsville Viking Ship, Best Commercial- Bremer Bank, Best Depiction of Theme- AgCountry Farm Credit Services, Most Patriotic- Curfman's Critters, Youth Award- Crookston Cub Scouts, Judges Award- Hanson Family float. The judges also gave special thanks to the Polk County Historical Society, Titan Machinery, Red River Valley Sugarbeet Museum, and Crookston Implement for their 'Salute to Agriculture'.
The Ox Cart Days bar crawl on Friday night was a hit. The eight participating bars were: American Legion, Crooks Club, Crookston Inn, Drafts Sports Bar, Eagle's Club, I.C. Muggs, Irishman's Shanty and VFW Post 1902. After having their cards signed at each location, the participants were entered to win some awesome prizes. Kristin Funk won an iPad Mini, Brady Nelson won a UND tailgate package, and Stephani Bingham won a UMC tailgate package.
Battle of the Bands
Bands from all over the area made their way to the Ox Cart Days Main Stage Thursday evening for the annual Battle of the Bands. Jade and the Greenhouse, with their indie folk groove, were the first place winners taking home $1,000. Band mates include Jade Monroe, Justin Ramey, Alec Holland and Jake Blotter and are based out of Fargo, N.D. Finishing in second place were Ska Skank Redemption who won $300. The three judges this year were Jesse Martinez, Anthony Diaz, and Sherry Martinez, all from Crookston.
Strong Man Competition
Ox Cart's newest event, the Strong Man Competition, produced seven participants Saturday afternoon. There were three events to test their strength including the sand bucket race, tractor tire flipping and straw bale moving and stacking. The winner of the competition was Jordan Reese who won $40 in Chamber Bucks and taking home second place was Jacob England with $20 in Chamber Bucks.
Local teens gathered for the annual Teen Dance Friday night on the Ox Cart Days Grounds and danced to tunes provided by Class Music. All those that attended had the opportunity to enter a drawing for an iPad mini, which was donated by Wal-Mart. The winner was Parker Nicholls of Crookston.