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June 18, 2018

6/13/2018 9:25:00 AM
Another Riverfest weekend is officially in the books
I don't know about you, but I always take a big sigh of relief when Riverfest weekend is over.
May and the first half of June are a scramble for us at the newspaper. There are a thousand things happening in those six weeks, and it was even a little more chaotic in 2018 with the rescheduling of ball games last month. Concerts, games, graduation and end-of-the-year programs at school make for a hectic time.
And as soon as school finished, the Miss Riverfest Pageant took the stage and just three days later, Riverfest was in full swing.
But now, we all can relax a little bit - but not too much. Mt. Lake's Pow Wow and Westbrook's Fun Days are just around the corner, not to mention Jeffers' Outlaw Days the first weekend in July.
Riverfest, meanwhile, dodged the weather bullet once again.
Yes, we were dealt a glancing blow Saturday morning with a couple of shots of rain, but it was far from a washout. Riverfest was a very enjoyable weekend. I don't believe any events were cancelled because of the rain, however, the decision was made to move the Jonah & The Whales concert indoors. I know that would have been a great concert outdoors. The band was excellent.
I didn't take in many events because I spent most of the weekend in the baseball press box for the Pirate Riverfest Classic. More on that in a moment.
From those I talked to, attendance for the parade was down a bit, but those who watched enjoyed it. They said the hour-long event was just right and the Benson High School Marching Band was the highlight of the parade.
All in all, it was a great weekend.
Is there room for improvement? Absolutely, as there is with anything.
But the biggest improvement should start with each one of us. We just need to come out and participate. I think all events reported the same number or fewer participants than past years and, I believe, that's not the event coordinators' fault, but you and I. We just need to dive in and participate.
The cribbage tournament had about the same number of participants as in the past, but I know there are more cribbage players out there than the 14 who turned out.
I know there are more people who canoe or kayak.
There are certainly more people in this community and surrounding communities who can provide some afternoon entertainment. We all need to try some different activities, which not only helps support Riverfest, but also enhances the fun of the weekend.
So, next year, let's all try something we've never done before.
Perhaps, you might want to take in a baseball game.
Pirate Classic
The Pirate Riverfest Classic required some last minute field prep on Saturday morning, but tournament director Jacob Johnson had built in enough time between games that Saturday's games ended on schedule.
There was some very competitive baseball played throughout the weekend with Champlin ultimately winning the title.
There was good attendance for Windom's four games, but attendance, understandably, was lower for games that didn't involve the hometown team. It was a big drive for teams from Champlin, Nimrod and even Lennox. Consequently, those teams aren't likely to bring many fans to the ball park.
The Classic may have to think about possibly bringing in teams a little closer to Windom that may also bring fans.
The concept is great, but it may need a little tweaking for next year.
Pirates in full swing
If you want to see the Windom Pirates in action without driving out of town, now's your chance.
The Pirates play at Island Park tonight (Wednesday), Sunday and June 22, 27 and 28. All games start at 7:30 p.m. The June 28 game is a Legion/Pirates doubleheader against Lamberton starting at 5:30 p.m.
The Pirates are 7-6 and 5-2 in First Nite/Gopher League play.

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