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Bluffton to crown first royalty during 2nd annual Hometown Days

Brooke Hendrickx1 / 7
Kenzie McGrane2 / 7
Kieza Chandler3 / 7
Chloe Costin4 / 7
Katy Wegscheid5 / 7
Madison Barthel6 / 7
Grace Brasel7 / 7

The 2nd annual Bluffton Hometown Days will kick off next Thursday, Aug. 14 with the Miss and Little Miss Bluffton Pageant.

The free event, scheduled for 6 p.m. at the community center, marks the first time the eastern Otter Tail County community of about 200 people will have crowned royalty.

Hometown Days will continue Friday with a citywide garage sale and a drive-in Burger Bash at DJ's Powerhouse.

Saturday's festivities will include a 5K run at 9 a.m., an old-timers baseball game at 11 a.m., kids activities (inflatables, crafts, face painting, petting zoo, etc.) from noon to six p.m. and parade at 3 p.m. The Bluffton Lions will host a pancake breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. and a chicken dinner/pie social from 5 to 7 p.m., which will be followed by a street dance.

Candidates for Little Miss Bluffton

Grace Brasel of Bluffton, 8, a third-grader at New York Mills

Parents: Shonna and Chuck Melchior and Ryan Brasel

Sponsors: Tom's Body Shop and Norton Printing

Chloe Costin of Bluffton, 5, kindergartener at New York Mills

Parents: Andrew and Molly Costin

Sponsor: Al Roggenkamp Excavating

Kenzie McGrane of Bluffton, 7, first-grader at Henning

Parents: Brian and Krystal McGrane

Sponsor: Central Minnesota Credit Union

Kieza Chandler of Bluffton, 8, second-grader at Wadena-Deer Creek

Parents: Jeremy and Maria Chandler

Sponsor: Rob Thomson and Marlene Davidson

Kaylee Berg of Bluffton, 8, second-grader at Wadena-Deer Creek

Parents: Justin and Becky Berg

Sponsor: Firehouse Bar and Grille

Candidates for Miss Bluffton

Madison Barthel of Bluffton, 16, junior at Wadena-Deer Creek

Parents: Scott and Kristie Barthel

Sponsors: RJK Seed and Minnesota Valley Irrigation

Brooke Hendrickx fo New York Mills, 17, junior at New York Mills

Parents: Alan and Linda Hendrickx

Sponsors: Hendrickx Manufacturing and Dew Drop Farms

Katy Wegscheid of Bluffton, 17, senior at Wadena-Deer Creek

Parents: Becky and Joel Wegscheid

Sponsor: Firehouse Bar and Grille

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