It's a milestone celebration, and organizers of Cottonwood's quasquicentennial say there's bound to be something for everyone to enjoy this weekend. Events start up on Thursday afternoon with an all-school reunion and continue through Sunday.
Joel Dahl, a member of Cottonwood's 125th anniversary committee, said more than 300 people have pre-registered for the all-school reunion, which will be held at Lakeview School in Cottonwood. Hopefully, lots of people will stay for the weekend festivities, he said. Events will be spread out around town, from pontoon tours of Cottonwood Lake on Friday to kids' activities in Central Park and the grand parade on Main Street on Saturday.
The schedule for this weekend is a mix of new events and old favorites, like the kids' splash dance and fireworks over the lake. Dahl said the city celebrations will wind down on Sunday, but there will still be a chance to have some fun. English Lutheran Church in Cottonwood is also celebrating its 125th anniversary on July 7, so local residents are encouraged to attend.
2 p.m. - All school reunion at Lakeview School. Meal at 5 p.m.
7:30 p.m. - American Legion Musical at the Lakeview School theater. Tickets $7 for adults, $5 for children.
11 a.m. - Cottonwood Country Club four-person best ball tournament
4-7 p.m. - Pontoon and boat tours at golf course boat landing
8-9 p.m. - Greased pig contest at CW Reishus Park (Cottonwood beach)
7-9 p.m. - Starcade band performance at Central Park
Fireworks over Cottonwood Lake start at dusk
7:30 a.m. - Registration begins for 5K fun run/walk
9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. - Kids' inflatables at Central Park
10 a.m. - Medallion hunt clues start posting at Central Park
10 a.m. - Cottonwood auto show at North Start Mutual Insurance parking lot
10 a.m. - Beanbag tournament next to the Cottonwood Clinic
10 a.m.-2 p.m. - Bingo, barbecues and walking tacos at St. Mary's Catholic Church
11 a.m. - Registration begins for kids' tractor pull at Cottonwood Co-op C Store
11 a.m.-1 p.m. - Whopper feed at Central Park
Noon - Cottonwood Legion vs. Minneota Legion baseball game at Lakeview School baseball field
Noon-4 p.m. - Radio controlled planes at the golf course driving range
1-3 p.m. - Pie social at Christ Lutheran Church
1-2:30 p.m. - Splash dance at Central Park
3 p.m. - Grand parade. Performances to follow by SuFuDu Drumline at Central Park, and the Minnesota Over-60s Band at the pier near Christ Lutheran Church
4:30-8:30 p.m. - Barbecue pork supper at the Cottonwood fire hall. Proceeds go toward a new pumper.
8 p.m.-Midnight - Street dance at Leroy's featuring the Honeybadgers and 125th commemorative gun raffle drawing
Local church services
English Lutheran Church celebrates its 125th anniversary.
A story on Cottonwood's 125-year history will appear on page 1C of Saturday's paper.