I could not be more proud to have been the chair of the 2017 Ox Cart Festival. I have thanked so many wonderful sponsors for their support of this event and it is obvious they want to see it continue.

    I could not be more proud to have been the chair of the 2017 Ox Cart Festival.  I have thanked so many wonderful sponsors for their support of this event and it is obvious they want to see it continue.

    I have been asked many times if I was looking forward to the weekend being over and truthfully, I was not. When you spend eleven months planning something and it turns out to be better than you ever imagined, you want to just take it all in. I was amazed at the crowds at every event, each day kept surpassing the day before. Many people come up to me and said that this is the Ox Cart Days they remember when they were kids and now are taking their own kids to it and this is the reason all of us agreed to serve. I am so appreciative of all of the hugs, kind words and support of this festival and would like to give credit to the team of individuals who volunteered along with me. This committee of hardworking people have shown up for the same 11 months, given great ideas, believed in the vision and helped bring it to life.  These individuals should be equally recognized for all that they did to make this festival an amazing memory for so many, I cannot thank them enough;

    Ann Longtin, Dave Danforth, Andrew Svec, Eric Morgan, James Pogatshnik, Paul Gregg, Jamie and Bill Cassavan, Janessa Quanrud, Jess Bengston, Joe Kresl, Kari Trudau, Kim Dans, Kristi Thorfinnson, Mark Ecklund, Melissa Stephens, Michael Huffman, Michelle Miller, Molly Amberson, Libby Boucher, Nicole Volker, Paul Biermaier, Rebecca Sanders, Sandy Kegler, Scott Riopelle, Shane Heldstab, Shirley Iverson, Stacey Bruggeman, Steve Krueger, Susie Kaiser, Terri Heggie, Thea Oertwich, Theresa Tahran, Tom Skjei, Tim Froeber, Travis Oliver and Wayne Melbye, Nancy Wagner, Melanie Lessard, Erin Thode, Jenn Steinbrink, Kelly Chandler and Steve Erickson.

    This dedicated group helped with selling buttons, various fundraising events, financials, marketing, logistics, helping organize events and even running their own.  I could have never pulled this off without them and it did not surprise me that many of them have already begun taking notes as to how to improve things next year.

    I would also like to thank the local clubs; Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions, Farmers Market and the Wrestling club for organizing and facilitating events.  

    Lastly, I thank the many people of Crookston, the surrounding area and those who traveled far and got FIRED UP with us at this amazing event.

    We are inviting all of the public to attend our wrap up open house on Thursday, September 7th from 5-7 at the Crookston Inn.  We are hoping you will share what we did right and what we can do better as another planning year will begin in early October.

    Thank you for all of your support.

Nell DeBoer
2017 Ox Cart Chair