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New events served up at upcoming Pea Soup Days

There are new events at the Pea Soup Days celebration June 9-12 in Somerset.

Craft Fair

A craft fair has been added to the lineup on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. at River Road in Village Park.

Gwen Wright, co-owner of All Up in Your Business, which is organizing the craft sale, said that they have approximately 30 businesses so far.

"We'd love to get more handmade crafts and upcycling products," said Wright. "Or if you have a business that you want to promote."

The cost is $40 for a 10-by-10 foot spot outside. Given the unpredictable weather, it is recommended to bring a tent or canopy. Should a vendor need electricity, there is a $25 extra fee.

For more information, or to register for a spot, contact Wright at 715-684-9506 or email at

Tasting Contest

All cooks are invited to take part in a pea soup contest on Saturday, June 11, from 1-3 p.m. under the big tent in Village Park. There is a $10 registration fee payable to the Somerset Chamber due Friday, June 3.

Power, dixie cups and spoons will be provided; however, participants will need to bring a 50 foot extension cord, three of more gallons of their pea soup and a voting container. The winner will be the entry that gathers the most "vote coins" in their container.

The "vote coins" are available for a donation from the Somerset Chamber that day.

Casey Goessl, Chamber president, said the money collected will go toward Camp Needlepoint.

For more information, or to enter the contest, contact Bridget Holman at 507-271-9563.

Talent Show

There will also be a talent show under the big tent that evening from 5-7 p.m. Registration is free, but deadline to register is Friday, June 3, to the Somerset Chamber (email: Interested parties can send their name, age, phone, whether it's an individual or group, type of act/talent and brief background of performance experience.

The acts must be family-friendly and no longer than five minutes. A piano and microphone will be provided. Acts will be judged on creativity and the top three winners will receive savings bonds.

Kiddie Tractor Pull

Another new event is the kiddie tractor pull under the big tent on Saturday, June 12, at 1 p.m. Registration is 12:30 p.m. on Sunday; there is no fee.

"We were trying to implement more kid-based events on Sunday," explained Goessl. "In the past we've had a children's band, but this event will involve some of the older kids too."

The tractors and equipment will be furnished for participants. Each age will be its own category, from 4-12 years old. Trophies will be awarded.

Goessl also said this event is a qualifier for the kiddie state tractor pull event later in the summer.

Fireworks Change

Last year the Saturday night fireworks show was rained out during Pea Soup Days.

This year, the fireworks are scheduled for Friday night at dusk.

"There are two reasons for the change," began Goessl. "First, if we have it on Friday we get more fireworks for the same price. Second, this builds in a rain day for Saturday."

The fireworks will be in Village Park.

Other New Events

The Somerset Library is holding a book sale during the festival: Friday, June 10, from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday, June 11, from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

They are also hosting free "Minute to Win It" games outside the library on Saturday, June 11, from 12:30-2:30 p.m.

The Somerset Youth Hockey organization is hosting free open ice skating at the Montpetit Ice Arena on Saturday, June 11, from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Event Schedule

Thursday, June 9: the PSD festivities kick off with the OSI/Training Room Run at 709 Rivard St. Registration starts at 5:15 p.m. Contact Nicole Deneau at 715-247-5770 for more information.

Friday, June 10: Somerset Library runs its book sale from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Somerset Lions Club Golf Event at Bristol Ridge Golf Course starts at noon; registration starts at 1 p.m. and tee off is at 5:30 p.m. Dinner to follow.

Carnival rides open from 5-10 p.m. in the Village Park.

The beer garden and booths open at 5 p.m.

A softball tournament starts in Village Park at 5 p.m.

Live music by "Uncle Chunk" will be provided from 8 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Fireworks are scheduled for dusk.

Saturday, June 11: Somerset Fire/Rescue serves its annual pancake breakfast at the Fire Hall from 7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

The softball tournament starts at 8 a.m. in Village Park.

The Somerset Library holds its book sale from 9 a.m. - noon.

The parade lineup begins at 10 a.m. at the Somerset school campus.

The parade starts at 11 a.m. and goes through downtown.

The carnival rides open at noon.

The beer garden, booths and craft fair open in the Village Park at noon.

Red Rock Radio station 104.9 FM will be broadcasting from its booth at the Village Park from noon-2 p.m.

The Somerset Library has "Minute to Win It" games going on from 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

The pea soup taste contest runs from 1-3 p.m. at the Village Park.

Somerset Youth Hockey group hosts free open skating at the Montpetit Ice Arena from 2-4 p.m.

Water fights with the Somerset Fire/Rescue Department start on Spring Street at 3 p.m.

The talent show runs from 5-7 p.m. under the big tent in Village Park.

Live music will be provided by "Crazy Keys" -- dueling pianos -- at 8 p.m. - midnight.

Sunday, June 12: Somerset Fire/Rescue Department is hosting a pancake breakfast from 7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. at the Fire Hall.

The softball tournament starts at 9 a.m. in the Village Park.

A kiddie pet costume/bike decorating parade starts at 11:30 a.m. beside the Village Hall and ends at the carnival in Village Park.

After the parade, there will be kids' games and prizes, including a visit from "Pumpkin the Clown."

The carnival rides open at noon; this is also carnival discount day.

The beer garden and booths are open from noon - 4 p.m.

The kiddie tractor pull starts at 1 p.m.

For more information, contact the Somerset Chamber of Commerce at 715-247-3366 or visit their website.