We would like to say a heartfelt and enormous thank you to this year’s Ox Cart Days Festival committee and 2017 Chair Nell DeBoer for their efforts, volunteerism, and hard work during the past 11 months of planning and over a great fun, festival weekend in Crookston.

    We would like to say a heartfelt and enormous thank you to this year’s Ox Cart Days Festival committee and 2017 Chair Nell DeBoer for their efforts, volunteerism, and hard work during the past 11 months of planning and over a great fun, festival weekend in Crookston.

    Additionally, we would like to thank all of the businesses, service organizations, clubs, churches, and individuals that participated and the many that have continued to support our community festival for the past 28 years.

    Creating a strong festival and Chamber office has been the strategic direction the Chamber & Visitors Bureau embarked on over three years ago when a partner organization and loss of nearly $100,000 from our non-profit organization’s budget created a loss of a full-time position. Following this past week & weekend, we are happy and honored of this year’s festival success that these necessary changes have supported.

    Nell DeBoer, Festival Chair, was able to bring a special skillset to marshal volunteerism and participation and helped to show the possibilities and power of a community coming together to create and support a 5 day festival. Additionally, she was able to help contribute to the financial success with her hundreds of dedicated hours for the future of the festival and continued partnerships within the community. With her committed work, the budget is strong and allows for a community-led entity to assume responsibility for the planning of the Ox Cart Days Festival with the Chamber & Visitors Bureau continuing to be a strong partner. Additionally, these funds will help contribute to a stipend position as we have been working towards once again while the Chamber and staff stay focused and strong in our mission to build, advance, and promote our great Crookston community and surrounding region.

    We continue our direction of providing more education, learning, and advocacy of our diverse membership through new training and education sessions, our now-yearly and extended leadership program beginning in October, ongoing networking events, and support of new events and partnerships ensuring the future and sustainability of our organization, the festival, and other activities throughout the year.

    The Chamber is proud of the work the committee has done and is excited for the support of the business community, residents, and visitors and have shown, and once again grateful for the work of the 2017 Ox Cart Days Chair & Committee.

Stephen Larson
Chamber Chair

Andy Oman
Chamber Past Chair

Amanda Lien
Chamber Executive Director