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Looney Days celebration returns to Vergas, Aug. 11-14

Vergas is getting ready to host its annual end-of-summer festival, Looney Days, on Aug. 11-14.

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The street fair and sidewalk sales a big part of Vergas’s annual Looney Daze celebration, which starts Thursday, Aug. 11 and continues through Sunday, Aug. 14.
Vicki Gerdes / Detroit Lakes Tribune
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VERGAS — The Vergas Community Club is gearing up to host the community's annual end-of-summer festival, Looney Days, on Aug. 11-14.

More than 40 events are planned for the four-day festival, including water fights, pickleball demonstrations, a puppy plunge, street dance and parade.

Thursday, Aug. 11 starts off with an all-day, pick-your-own bouquet event at True Blue Flower Company , which continues on Friday and Saturday as well. Then, starting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Otter Coffee and Ice Cream will be offering live music until 7 p.m.

On Friday, Aug. 12, the fun starts early with area-wide rummage sales, continuing throughout the day; a map of sale locations will be available outside the Vergas Community Center, and a list of sales will be posted on the Vergas Community Club Facebook page as well as at the Vergas city web page, cityofvergas.com .

Also on Friday, aspiring artists can create their own sidewalk chalk art outside Natalie's Serendipity between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or head on over to the new Vergas Pickleball courts for a live demonstration from 10-11 a.m. (a second demonstration takes place at the same time on Saturday). The United Methodist Church will be selling brats and beans in the parking lot from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday.

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After lunch, you can head over to the Vergas City Cemetery for a Voices of the Past Cemetery Tour, between 2-3 p.m.

The remaining Friday activities will all take place at Loon Park, with a kids' fishing contest starting at 3:30 p.m., food trucks on site from 4 to 9 p.m., a water ski show on the beach from 5 to 5:30 p.m. and a free Church of Cash musical tribute show from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Saturday's schedule is jam packed, starting with a 5K run/walk that gets underway at 8 a.m. in Loon Park (registration starts at 7 a.m.). The Vergas Lions will be serving up "Breakfast on a Bun" from 8 to 11 a.m. inside the Vergas Event Center. There will be a street fair on Main Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and wiener dog racing returns to the baseball field starting at 9 a.m. The Perham Area Boys & Girls Club will be hosting family games at the baseball field from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., and there will be inflatable games set up there as well, until 3 p.m.

Vergas Fire and Rescue will host an open house at the fire hall from 10 a.m. to noon, and the Trowbridge Creek Zoo will be hosting a petting zoo from 9 a.m. to noon at Summers Construction.

An Ice Cream Stroll takes place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Vergas Assisted Living, and the beer garden opens at noon on Railway Avenue, which is also where the bean bag tournament gets underway at 3 p.m. (registration at 2 p.m.).

Loon Park is the setting for the Little Miss and Mister Vergas Pageant, which starts at noon Saturday; the Loon Calling Contest, which starts at 1 p.m.; the Puppy Plunge at 3 p.m.; and a second water ski show at 4:30 p.m. The Looney Days Road Rally also embarks from Loon Park at noon.

The day's festivities end with a street dance, featuring live music by the Mall Rats, which starts at 8 p.m. on Railway Avenue and continues until midnight.

The festival comes to an end on Sunday, Aug. 14, starting with a classic car show on Main Street from 9 a.m. to noon, and a 10 a.m. community church service at the baseball field. True Blue Flower Company will host a Yoga Among the Blooms session at 9:30 a.m. as well.

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Sunday afternoon starts with the Grand Looney Days Parade 2 p.m., followed by water fights on Main Street and TIP Bingo at Billy's. Skal will be hosting live music from 4 to 10 p.m., including Damien Anderson (4-6 p.m.), Seth Moore (6-8 p.m.) and Shelly and Dave (8-10 p.m.). The festival concludes with an 8 p.m. TIP raffle drawing at Billy's.

For event updates, visit the Vergas Community Club Facebook page as well as the Vergas city web page, cityofvergas.com.

A reporter at Detroit Lakes Newspapers since relocating to the community in October 2000, Vicki was promoted to Community News Lead for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and Perham Focus on Jan. 1, 2022. She has covered pretty much every "beat" that a reporter can be assigned, from county board and city council to entertainment, crime and even sports. Born and raised in Madelia, Minnesota, she is a graduate of Hamline University, from which she earned a bachelor's degree in English literature (writing concentration). You can reach her at vgerdes@dlnewspapers.com.
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