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Ox Cart Days adds motorcycle rally

There’s nothing like the Grand Parade at Ox Cart Days. This year’s event is Thursday, Aug. 20 through Sunday, Aug. 23, in Star Prairie. (Photo by Tom Lindfors)

Star Prairie’s contribution to the summer festival scene, Ox Cart Days, kicks off Thursday, Aug. 20, with the St. Croix County K9 Walk/Run.

Registration opens at 4:30 p.m. with runners taking their mark at 5:30 p.m. followed by a live demonstration by officers and their K9 partners.

The 47th annual Ox Cart Days runs through Sunday, Aug. 23, in downtown Star Prairie hosted by the Star Prairie Lions Club.

This year the Lions have traded their traditional antique car show for the 1st Annual Run with the Lions Charity Motorcycle Rally. Registration opens at 11 a.m. in River Island Park with kickstands up at noon for a fourhour ride through western Wisconsin. The $20 registration fee per-rider includes choice of food and beverage and entry into the Motorcycle Rally 50/50 drawing.

This year’s festival offers something for everyone, including bingo, bean bag tournament, slow pitch softball tournament, expanded craft fair, children’s arts and crafts, pie and ice cream social, carnival rides, canoe race, food, street dance and two parades on Sunday afternoon.

The Star Prairie Jam gets the street dance started Friday night when they present local band 301 Main starting at 8 p.m.

“We are always trying to add more things for the kids. We’re hosting a visiting Royalty Tea and the craft sale is expanding. We still have room for more vendors,” said Club member Chris Boardman.

All day Saturday, Children can enjoy carnival rides provided by Blue Lion Fun Factory. Gates open at 10 a.m. Emery’s Train Rides welcomes their first passengers starting at noon and Messes & Masterpieces provides arts and crafts for kids starting at 1 p.m. You can find Pickles the Clown sharing her balloon love from 3-5 p.m. Saturday.

Registration for the bean bag tournament opens at 10 a.m. Saturday morning followed by registration for the canoe race at noon.

The paddling starts at 1 p.m. Fizz Kizer & the Farm Hands start strumming at the pavilion at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon with Sunday’s Regret bringing their party rock to the street dance starting at 8 p.m. Saturday night.

Don’t miss the ever-popular Rubber Duck Race beginning at 4:30 p.m preceded by the kid’s division at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Start off Sunday morning with pancakes at the bingo hall at 8 a.m. just in time to worship at the ball field with Bethany Lutheran Church at 9 a.m. You can catch the Queen’s Tea at River Island Park hosted by the Star Prairie Community Club starting at 11 a.m Sunday morning.

The parade featuring Grand Marshall Marilyn Matthys-Taylor, steps off on Main Street at 2 p.m. followed by a special dedication ceremony to rename the ball field in honor of Wayne Thompson. You can satisfy your sweet tooth with pie and ice cream at Bethany Lutheran Church at 3 p.m and work off some calories at the kiddie tractor pull at 3:30 p.m. Finish off the weekend with the kayak, gun and 50/50 raffle drawings at 7 p.m. at River Island Park. All proceeds benefit Star Prairie Lions Club charities.

“We’re always looking for people who are willing to volunteer,” Lions Club member Gary Briggs said. Anyone interested in helping out with the festival may email the club at  or call Briggs at 715-248-3916.

Also see articles on this year's music, K9 5K fundraiser and grand marshal.