11th Otsego Festival set for Sept. 15 at park

The 11th annual Otsego Festival is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at Prairie Park, 8899 Nashua Ave.

This year’s event will include teddy bears, Otsego royalty, a workshop for kids, belly dancing, a huge inflatable along with a mechanical bull.

The free event is a “fun-filled day suitable for the whole family,” according to Rose Cassady, the festival coordinator.

Activities will keep visitors busy and eight food vendors will be there to satisfy everyone’s  appetite.

The event will get started at 10 a.m. with the presentation of colors from the Elk River Honor/Color Guard, which is comprised of members of the  Elk River-Rogers VFW and the Elk River American Legion.

The bike parade, which is being hosted by the MOMS Club of Otsego starts at 10:15 a.m. Children are encouraged to  decorate their bikes, trikes, wagons and scooters for this event, which will wind around and end near the shelter where the Teddy Bear Band will  play. Kids are encouraged to bring their teddy bears.

The Elk River Area Women of Today will host a Teddy Bear Clinic after the show.

A Wright County Sheriff’s Department K-9 handler and canine will be on hand to put on a show. There will also be exhibits there from the sheriff’s office and the local snowmobile club.

Little Lending Libraries will have a booth to collect slightly used books for the libraries in the park.

The Otsego Fest has lined up the No Man’s String Band for the first time for a performance from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

The 2011–12 Otsego royalty will be acknowledged at the event for all the work they have done to represent the city. Royalty will share their experiences at 1:15 p.m.

“These young ladies have done a great job and the parents need to have a lot of the credit for providing their assistance,” Cassady said. “They have attended many parades this year.”

Lowe’s will put on its builder’s workshop again this year, offering youth a chance to make something and take it home with them. “This has been a very popular event,” Cassady said.

Local churches and other organizations will be offering kids games and activities.

Anita Isnor’s dance caravan will be back, too, as will the clowns. Cole’s Karate will be also be doing demonstrations on the grounds.

Cassady said a new attraction will be an interactive game called Euro-Bundy, which has gotten a lot of rave reviews at other events. Back by popular demand will be a huge inflatable and a mechanical bull. Cassady encourages people to find a partner and to challenge one another to see who can stay on the longest.

The always-popular petting zoo will be back again this year from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

And as always, Otsego Rod and Custom Car Club will host a car show, with a record number of entrants.

People will also be able to study fire trucks and replicas of handmade machinery and tractors.