Krazy Daze back for more wild and wooly fun Sept. 8-9

by Nathan Warner
Contributing writer

Zimmerman’s Krazy Daze is back this year, Sept. 8–9, with old favorites and new activities that are likely to become traditions. Things kick off at 10 a.m. and go until 4 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

The Minute-to-Win-It contest is back with an iPod waiting to be claimed this year. “Last year we had a big-screen monitor,” Bill Potrament, president of the Zimmerman Civic Club said, “but this time we wanted to offer a more useful award for all those back-to-school kids.” Twenty-one participating stores are listed in the Krazy Daze flyer for people to visit and try their hand at winning the iPod. The contest starts at 1 p.m. Saturday and ends at 4 p.m. that day.

This year, The Zimmerman Home and Garden Center will be the base for much of the activity. All the action is on Saturday, including Krazy Hairdos, the Pet Parade at noon (with awards of $75 for first, $50 second, and $25 for third place — all pets must be under adult supervision), and the drawing for the Minute-to-Win-It contest will be at 4 p.m. Many of the kids’ activities will be held there, starting at 1 p.m., including the “Fishing for Gold” contest (using real gold dollars), a new cracker-eating whistle contest (whoever can whistle first after eating crackers wins), the shoe scramble race, a three-legged race, and a watermelon-eating contest (with an adult division after the noon pet parade). Don’t miss the home-based vendors who will be offering their one-of-a-kind goods in the parking lot all day Saturday and Sunday.

Also at the Zimmerman Home and Garden Center is the first-ever “Sports Equipment Swap and Sale” open to everyone and participation is free, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Contact Jozette at 763-856-4440 for more information.

Don’t miss Zimmerman’s famous sidewalk sales or the activities in town, including the arrival of Rum River Alpacas at Art Reflections Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with live alpacas and wool spinning demonstrations and the “Parade of Breeds, Horse Show and Tack Swap” — an exciting new event at the Fremont House from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“We wanted to make this an entire town event,” Potrament said, “so it’s just great that we have so many other activities happening in tandem.” These other activities in Zimmerman primarily happen on Saturday, including the fire department’s open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Zimmerman Fire Station, the Chamber of Commerce Kickball Tournament from 3 to 8 p.m. in the City Park, and the Fireman’s Dance from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Zimmerman Fire Station.

“This year, Krazy Daze is a community festival,” Potrament said, “celebrating the end of our lengthy road construction and the return of an even better Zimmerman than we shared together last year!”