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Aircraft large and small gathered on the tarmac at the Wadena Municipal Airport Saturday for the 11th annual Airplane Fly-in and Community Day. Flight Instructor and Wadena Pilots Association Member Darrel Jansen said the Wings and Wheels over Wadena event drew an even larger crowd than 2016, based on the number of breakfasts served by the Hewitt Lions Club. The hard-working Lions dished up more than 370 breakfasts to the air and car show fans and the pilots who flew in for the event.
A mixture of warm and cold weather kept Wadena County Fair goers guessing as the 124th edition of the annual event took place June 21-24 in Wadena. While sunny skies and pleasant temperatures prevailed Thursday on the first full day of activities, the fair ended on a windy and chilly note Saturday. In addition to three evening grandstand shows Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the fairgrounds hosted a demolition derby Sunday afternoon. Evening grandstands treated fairgoers to Enduro racing, Bulls and Barrels competition and a truck and tractor pull.
Virginia Hendrickx can tell you exactly when the 2018 Wadena County Fair starts. Right now. "We've already started for next year," said the 4-H Program Coordinator for Wadena County. "A lot of our judges work for a living. We find we have to ask for judges now." The annual Wadena County Fair is on track for its 125th showing and Wadena's nine 4-H Clubs and 200 members are onboard. Hendrickx likes to collect all the reflections and suggestions she can a year ahead of time.
The Wadena County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution last Tuesday to enforce Minnesota's buffer law. The controversial conservation measure, got some new teeth two years ago when it was brought into the spotlight by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton. Stricter enforcement was ordered.
Wadena County is agreeable to accommodating private landowners along county highways where herbicide control of roadside brush and noxious weeds has been carried out. The Wadena County Highway Department is requesting those objecting to roadside spraying fill out an exemption form by July 7.
Jeff and Pam Wiirre went chasing a dream earlier this year like a couple butterfly hunters. On May 23 they netted their dream and put it in a bottle. The Woodtick Lounge located in downtown Hewitt has come to life again. "For just having the bar open, I'm real happy," Jeff said in summing up the first month of operation. The Wiirres have never run a bar but they are not strangers to the bar scene. Jeff enters the new enterprise with a definite idea of what people want from him. "It's service," he said. "You treat people the way you want to be treated."
It is not the connection you hear when a bat strikes a ball or battery starts a car engine but it can be infinitely more important. The Kinship Program brings people into contact with one another in a manner that ideally has something to offer everyone. Laura Kiser and Monica Watson are program directors for a new Kinship chapter serving the Wadena and Sebeka communities. Officially, they are being guided by the Perham Kinship program because they are still so young. Youth 5-15 can find a mentor through the program. But what is mentoring?
The Mud & Tires Enduro Race will be joining the attractions of the 124th Wadena County Fair June 21-24. Enduro might be rooted in a language other than English, but it does not take much imagination to realize what the race is really about - endurance. "They get an old car and they race around the track, a half hour each way, hopefully without the car overheating, the tires falling off or them winding up in the ditch," Enduro Organizer Bryan Wegscheid said. Wegscheid said Enduro racing in not exactly new to the fair.
Joel Novak with the World Auto Racing Association returned to the Wadena County Board chambers June 6 to ask commissioners for permission to build a speedway on the county fairgrounds in Wadena.