Residents celebrate RichardtonRICHARDTON — Little Opryland Days is a celebration that draws the town together but one event pulls patrons apart — at least temporarily.
RICHARDTON — Little Opryland Days is a celebration that draws the town together but one event pulls patrons apart — at least temporarily.
Little Opryland Days, which was called The Harvest Festival, is a celebration the town has been holding annually for more than15 years.
“We host Little Opryland Days in appreciation of the people who support our town,” said Elaine Schank, Richardton resident.
“My favorite things are the parade, candy and fire trucks,” Austin Schmidt, Dunn Center said.
Mariah Jurgens, Richardton agrees, “I love the parade candy — and I also get to hang out with my cousins today.”
Although the event started Friday there is still time to take in the festivities.
The last rodeo will be held at 2 p.m. today.
“The parade, rodeo and street dance are our biggest attractions,” said Mayor Frank Kirschenheiter.
Other events include a 20-year class reunion, a bed race, flea and farmer’s markets, inflatable games, bingo, cow bingo, a bake sale, bail rolling, digital picture scavenger hunt and to temporarily divide the town, a tug of war.
“The tug of war is between residents who live on the north side and those that live on the south side,” Kirschenheiter said. “It gets pretty competitive and serious.”
“Richardton has a strong history and a bright future and events like this are what keep our town and its people thriving,” Kirschenheiter said.
Schank agrees, “It’s a good time for everyone to come together and celebrate our town and harvest.”