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Fun in the Flatlands – Sept. 7-10, 2023

Pioneer Days* Rib Cook-off * 4-H Achievement

Saturday, September 9th          

Thursday, September 7

 4-6  pm –Farmers Market at Laughing Earth Garden & Gift

 4-7 pm—Fundraiser Picnic Style Supper at Laughing Earth Garden & Gift  (proceeds go to Ada Cemetery Avenue of Flags)

Friday, September 8

  8-11 pm –Live Music with Eric Reitan at the Main Street Bar (also, drink specials)

Saturday, September 9

ALL Day – Ada-Borup-West Volleyball Invitational Tournament at the ABW School.

Events at the Norman County Fairgrounds, Coliseum, 4-H Building & Prairie Village next to Fairgrounds 8:30 am —5:30 pm

FOOD:  4-H FOOD STAND 9 am—2 pm  *   PIONEER FOOD COURT 11 am—2 pm  *    PEOPLES CHOICE starts at  1 pm

8:30 am – 4 pm – Cook off Competition - Kelly Thronson Annual Backyard BBQ Rib & Chicken Contest .  Cash prizes. Awards 5:30 pm  (Information & register on Facebook: Kelly Thronson memorial backyard bbq or email (participation fee) Fundraiser.

Camping available at NC Fairgrounds.

 9 am – 2 pm – 4-H Food Stand open in 4-H Building (fundraiser for IXL & Hegne Hustlers & Woodland clubs)

 9 am - Registration at 4-H Building for 4-H Achievement Day Fall Produce Exhibits. Judging at 9:30.

 9 am - 3 pm – Craft Sale in the 4-H Building and in front of the Coliseum. To reserve a space call Angie Nelson at 784-5456.

 9:30—11:30 am—Blyss Flower Farm “Build Your Own Bouquet” with fresh flowers for all ages ($20 or a kids cup for $5)  (4-H Building)

10 am—2 pm—Ax Throwing with the Bearded Ax Company (Kelly Thronson Memorial BBQ area)

10:30 am – 1:30 pm – Art Painting Classes Featuring a MN theme with Artist, Laura Ronngren from Creative Traveler FM (4-H bldg)  With guidance from an artist, everyone can paint!  Event and projects for the first 50 people are FREE, take home your artwork, thanks to a grant from Northwest Minnesota Arts Council *see below.  You will also be asked to participate in painting a sign that will be displayed in the Ada Event Center (free).

11 am - Bean Bag Tournaments start in Beer Gardens. Registration in Rib fest area at 10:30 am $20 team, 100% payout.

11 am—1 pm—”Patches” the Clown  (balloon art) Tommy Roesch stage area.  Sponsored by AgCountry Farm Credit Services

11 am – 12:30 pm –Interactive Kids games In front of Coliseum by Ada Cub Scouts (Sponsored by City of Ada, & Ada Chamber)

11 am—3 pm—Bubbles.  Giant bubbles, bubble wands...lots of bubbles in front of the Coliseum. (sponsored by City of Ada & Ada Chamber)

11 am—2 pm—Pioneer Food Court—in the Coliseum.  Food from the “Good Old Days” including Potato Dumplings, homemade chicken noodle soup, flat bread, lefsa, romegrot, apple desserts, homemade ice cream, popcorn balls, sausage and kraut, homemade beans and more!   (Fundraiser sponsored by the Norman County Historical Society. Tickets sold at the door).

Ongoing demonstrations and displays in Coliseum to include a quilt show, barn quilts, Aalgaard Photo Selection, Historic Fashion and Design with mannequins and models table with artifacts available for a donation.. (Norman County Historical Society). 

11 am – 3 pm – George’s Concertina Band in Coliseum. Come and enjoy the music and dance!  FREE thanks to a grant from Northwest Minnesota Arts Council *see below*

11:30 pm – 3 pm – 4-H Achievement Day Fall Produce Displays in the 4-H Building

11:30 am – 3 pm - Soybean Sand Box in front of Coliseum (Sponsored by Soybean Growers Assn).

12  pm - 1:30 pm – Face Painting (in front of Coliseum) Sponsored by City of Ada & Ada Chamber

12 – 3 pm – Prairie Village open. Check out the Log Museum, Print Shop, Churches, Schoolhouse, Country Store, Barber and Beauty Shop, Log House, Doll House, Syre Depot and the Machinery Building.

12 – 4 pm—Playing with fire, Intuitive Malmischiato demonstrations in front of 4-H bldg) ( demonstrating the making of filati, the long, thin, threads of glass, that become the smallest increment that a mosaic tesserae can be.) Buffy Rockstad from Studio 4:13, FREE thanks to a grant from Northwest Minnesota Arts Council *see below

12 – 4 pm – “A Little Something with Sheila: Miniature Flower Arrangement Art Demonstrations and Classes with flowers from MN countryside with Sheila Capistran (4-H bldg). Event and projects for 50 people are FREE  (take home your arrangement) thanks to a grant from Northwest Minnesota Arts Council *see below

12—5 pm—Wreckers Bar at the Beer Garden is open.  They also have Craft Beer tasting plus wine!

12:30 pm – 2 pm – “Get Green Kids Activities” Sponsored by Norman County 4-H (in front of Coliseum)

 1  pm – Rib Fest People’s Choice competition tasting starts on midway.  All Welcome!  $5 wristband. Purchase in Rib Fest area. Awards 5:30 pm

  5:30 pm – Awards Presentation for BBQ Cook-off & Peoples Choice

Sunday, September 10

10 am—3 pm or when completed – Horse Show at Arena at Norman County Fairgrounds (Red River Valley Saddle Club

  * These events are free thanks to Northwest Minnesota Arts Council.  They awarded an Arts Grant to the Ada Chamber of Commerce which  allows us to hold these events free of charge.  In November 2008, Minnesotans passed the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment to the Minnesota Constitution.  It provided dedicated funding for the arts and cultural heritage in our state for 25 years.   The grant pays 75% and the Ada Chamber of Commerce & Norman County Historical society pays 25%.


Saturday, December 2nd - "Old Fashioned Family Christmas Festival

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