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Ox Cart Days festivities slated for this weekend

Plans are being hammered into place as Star Prairie prepares for its 43rd annual Ox Cart Days this weekend, Aug. 16-19.

Event organizers say this will be the best event ever with games, bands, fast pitch softball, a bean-bag toss tournament, bingo, car show, kids' activities and more.

The event is put on by the Star Prairie Lions Club and attracts hundreds to the area, said Chris Boardman, chairwoman of the event.

The weekend kicks off Thursday with the NREMS and K-9 walk/run.

New for 2012 is Saturday's dunk tank, manned by local bartenders, law enforcements officers, medical personnel and teachers.

Friday, Aug. 17, features a street dance with music by Ten Mile Creek.

Saturday, Aug. 18, is "kid's day" at the ballpark, featuring Skippy the Clown and the Blue Lion Fun Factory - slide, bounce house, fish pond, etc. The kids' rubber duck race is also slated for Saturday at River Island Park.

Saturday also features the second annual craft fair, where more than 20 vendors have signed up to participate, Boardman said.

Sunday wraps up the weekend with the grand parade and the crowning of the queen.

Boardman said it wouldn't be possible for the Lions Club to put the event on each year without the help of the volunteers and community members.

Here's a full list of events:


5 p.m.: 5/10K Walk/Run - Registration

6 p.m.: 5/10K Walk/Run

6 p.m.: Dinner in the park and music by Trigger Happy


6 p.m. Blue Lion Fun Factory - bounce house, slide and carnival games

6 p.m.: Fast pitch softball tournament

7 p.m.: BINGO

8 p.m.: Street dance featuring music by Ten Mile Creek


8 a.m.: Fast pitch softball tournament

10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Second annual Vendor Craft Sale

10:30 a.m.: Bean bag tournament registration

11 a.m.: Bean bag tournament

1 p.m.: Canoe race ($10 entry fee)

1:30-3:30 p.m.: BINGO

2-4 p.m.: Classic Car Show at the Community Center on Bridge Avenue

2-4 p.m.: Skippy the Clown

2-5 p.m.: Steve Mireau - under the pavilion

4 p.m.: Rubber Duck Race at River Island Park -- kids division

4:30 p.m.: Rubber Duck Race at River Island Park

4:30 p.m.: Registration for the River Valley Tractor Pull

5 p.m.: River Valley Pedal Tractor Pull

6 p.m.: BINGO

8 p.m.: Street Dance


8 a.m.: Pancake breakfast in the BINGO building

9 a.m.: Fast pitch softball tournament

9 a.m.: Bethany Lutheran Church service at the Ball Park

11 a.m.: Queen's Tea at River Island Park

1:45 p.m.: Kiddie Parade

2 p.m.: Grand Parade

4 p.m.: Pie and Ice Cream Social

4:30 p.m.: Queen coronation

4:30 p.m.: BINGO (immediately following coronation)

7 p.m.: Grand prize raffle drawing