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Prairie Pioneer Days kicks off Friday

MORRIS – Morris’ annual festival, Prairie Pioneer Days, is planned for next weekend. The three-day event is packed with events and activities for all ages.


Prairie Pioneer Days fun will begin on Friday, July 11 at 5:30 p.m. with a community supper sponsored by the Morris Kiwanis at East Side Park. At 7 p.m., the finals of the Kiwanis Talent Show will begin.

At 7:30 p.m. on Friday, the Legion Baseball Tournament will start at Eagles Field. From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. there will be an outdoor DJ at the Met Lounge.

The traditional start of Prairie Pioneer Days, the Friends of the Morris Public Library Book Sale, has been postponed until further notice. The library will be closed until July 14 for asbestos abatement and opened on a limited basis through July while repairs are being completed.


Activities start bright and early on Saturday morning with a 2K, 5K and 10K walk/run at Morris Area High School. Check in for the event starts at 7:45 a.m., while the race starts at 8 a.m.

The PPD Tennis Open also kicks off at 8 a.m. Saturday at the MAHS and Greenriver tennis courts.

The Regional Fitness Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for family fun and fitness.

The Legion Baseball Tournament gets started up again at 10 a.m. Saturday at Eagles Park.

East Side Park will be a popular place on Saturday.

Community members can participate in a half-court basketball shooting contest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Food and craft vendors will be in the park at the same time. Inflatables and the National Guard climbing wall will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Now and Then Band will perform on the Bale Stage at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. The FFA Kiddie Tractor Pull will start at 12:30, with registration at noon. The Morris Community Band will perform in the band shell at 1 p.m. St. Mary’s School will sponsor bingo from 1 to 4 p.m.

Registration for Youth Hot Shot Basketball will begin at 1:15 with the contest at 1:30 p.m. Thursday Night Jam will perform at 2 p.m., followed by the Bello Cucina Pasta Eating Contest at 3 p.m. Contestants are asked to pre-register by calling 585-7000.

Other locations in Morris will also have events during PPD.

The Stevens County Historical Museum will offer tours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Willie’s Super Valu’s annual Children’s Medallion Hunt will take place at 11:30 a.m. at Pomme de Terre Park. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host a Prairie Extravaganza with wagon rides, animals and more at their office (43875 230th Street).

Renewable energy tours at the University of Minnesota, Morris will leave East Side Park between 1 and 2 p.m.

Saturday night festivities kick off with Rock the Groundz at 5:30 p.m. at the Stevens County Fairgrounds. The opening act on Saturday is Girls, Girls, Girls, the first and greatest all-girl tribute to Motley Crue. The headlining act is Great White.

At 7.p.m. on Saturday, the Miss Morris/Miss Midwest Pageant will start at Morris Area High School. Contestants this year can be found on page one.

At dusk, get outside to catch fireworks sponsored by the Morris Tourism Board and the Morris Eagles Club. The fireworks will be fired from the Stevens County Fairgrounds.


If you are an early riser, get to the Horticulture Gardens at the West Central Research and Outreach Center at 6 a.m. on Sunday for yoga in the gardens.

If breakfast is more your thing right away in the morning, head to the Morris Fire Hall from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a pancake feed.

The Regional Fitness Center will again be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for family fun and fitness. The Legion Baseball Tournament gets started at 11 a.m.

Inflatables, food and crafts will be available at East Side Park from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Footnotes Studio of Dance will perform at noon in the band shell, followed by an Akido demonstration at 1 p.m.

East Side Bingo will run from 12 to 3 p.m. The finals for the half court basketball tournament will take place at 1 p.m.

The big event for Sunday – the Grand Parade – will get started at 3 p.m. The parade route goes from Seventh Street to California Avenue, then south to Second Street.

The weekend will close with two events at 4:30 p.m. – a wristband drawing at East Side Park and Duck Races and a BBQ fundraiser for the Courage Cottage at Pomme de Terre Park.