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Hettinger to hold street fest May 31

HETTINGER - Hettinger's 12th annual City-Wide Rummage Sale has some company on May 31 this year.

Community leaders decided instead of just having the rummage sale, they should put together a group of activities together and Street Fest was born.

"We decided instead of creating a new event, we'd try to get it together with another day and build on that day," said Street Fest Chair and Hettinger veterinarian Dr. Ethan Andress.

The centerpiece event of Street Fest is a 3-on-3 basketball tournament on Main Street starting at 10 a.m.

Andress is hoping to see a good turnout for the tournament, saying how the tournament goes, so goes the event.

"If the 3-on-3 tournament goes well then I think the event will be a success," Andress said.

To register for the tournament, teams should contact Greg or Avis at 701-567-2474.

Those who would rather try their luck at another athletic activity can go to the Legion baseball field outside of town and take part in the Legion Baseball Extravaganza starting at noon.

Andress said there is a lot of excitement in Hettinger regarding the new Legion baseball coach and they wanted to give the people an opportunity to share in that enthusiasm.

"My son is playing baseball for the first time and it's because I want him to be exposed to that enthusiasm," Andress said.

One event at Street Fest that Andress is especially excited to see is the pet photo contest by the West River Veterinary Clinic in Hettinger.

There are seven categories for the contest, including cutest pet, ugliest pet, goofiest haircut, best costume, pet-owner lookalike, a heaviest pet contest and an overall category.

To enter, individuals are asked to take their photos to the vet clinic. The photos are to be displayed on Main Street on May 31 to be voted on by the public.

"What we're trying to do is create something that isn't going to cost a lot of money and it's something that people can have fun with," Andress said.

The event takes place throughout the city of Hettinger on May 31 and other activities include but are not limited to:

E Brownies vs. Cub Scouts, caramel rolls vs. doughnuts at Jack & Jill and Kennedy's grocery stores starting at 8 a.m.

E A 4-H petting zoo in the Runnings parking lot from 8 a.m.-noon.

E Future Business Leaders of American Children's Fair and Games on Main Street from 1 p.m.-3p.m.

E The chamber's burgers and brats at Centennial Square from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

E A car show hosted by the Red Line Car Club at RZ Motors West.

The origin of Street Fest, the city-wide rummage, will run all day starting at 7 a.m.

Betty Jo Engraf, who originally organized the rummage sale 12 years ago because of her love of rummaging, said she's happy to see the additional events to go along with the rummage sale and hopefully it brings more people to town.

"It's always been a big hit," Engraf said. "It's just a time to get out and rummage through other peoples' treasures and have some fun."

Engraf said the rummage sale is a nice way for people to turn those things they may not use anymore into much needed cash, and those who have rummage sales are always busy.

"For the people that have rummage sales the day goes so fast because they are always busy," Engraf said. "Just come to Hettinger and have a good time. Come check it out and be prepared to fill up your car or van or whatever."

For people who don't have enough items to rummage, the Chamber of Commerce, United Methodist church the Lutheran church in Hettinger are taking donations for their own rummage sales, with the proceeds going to charity and beautification projects.

The other money raised at Street Fest is put back into the community, Andress said.

Andress grew up in Lodgepole, just south of Hettinger and said it was events like Street Fest that made him want to come back when he became a vet.

"We're not trying to make a ton of money," Andress said. "We're trying to create that nostalgic moment for our kids so they want to come back here when they have kids."

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