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    The Crookston Ox Cart Days website has officially launched and it’s filled to the brim with the most up-to-date schedule of events, maps, and links. Plus, it provides information on how to sponsor an event and where to donate.

    Festival Chair Nell DeBoer and the Crookston Daily Times’ Calvin Anderson, along with Times’ partner Propel Marketing and Ox Cart committee member Janessa Quanrud, set up the user-friendly site as a way for residents and out-of-town visitors to have access to the most recent information.

    “I would like to say how pleased we are with the website,” said DeBoer. “We are very thankful for the grant we received from the CVB (Crookston Visitor’s Bureau) that allowed us to make this a reality.”

    “The website will be updated in the future with links to our partners: Crookston Running Club, Oliver’s Canoe Outfitters, etc. for event registration,” she added. “We will be the go-to place for reunion information and encourage organizers to contact us so we can help share their information.”

    The 2017 festival, which is honoring 125 years of the Crookston Fire Department, will run August 16-20 and is already chalk-full of events each day. The festival itself is celebrating 28 years and is hoping this will be its biggest year yet. New additions such as the Wellness Fair, Glow Run, Miss Tootsie Pageant, Pig Races and Build a Buddy Workshop will join classic events like the Veterans Ceremony, Bed Races, Tractor Pull, Miss Crookston Pageant and Torchlight Parade.

    There are many ways you can help make Crookston’s Ox Cart Days festival a success and buying an Ox Cart button is one of those. For only $5, you get into all of the on-site events for the full five days. You can purchase your buttons at Erickson Embroidery, Montague’s Flower Shop, Willow & Ivy, Shear Sisters, or from an Ox Cart Days committee member.

    “I continue to be amazed by the love and support for this event!” DeBoer boasted. “Some have been surprised by how fast we are moving, but to get quality entertainment, sponsorship and get people to make Crookston THE place to be in that third week of August, we feel that we needed to get out ahead of people making summer plans.”

    “We want folks from all of the surrounding communities to enjoy what Crookston has to offer,” she added.

    ‘Get Fired Up’ for Ox Cart Days by visiting the new website at and liking their Facebook page, and make sure to block that week off on your calendar for five days of fun!