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Update: Big crowd turns out for Moonshine Madness

Skyler Just, 8, of Westport follows through on a throw during a bean bag game at Moonshine Madness in downtown Osakis on Saturday. (Micah Friez / Osakis Review)1 / 4
Tom Brosseau of Thief River Falls works on the fine details of his wood carving during Saturday's Moonshine Madness festival in downtown Osakis. (Micah Friez / Osakis Review)2 / 4
A tractor rumbles through downtown Osakis in search of passengers during the Moonshine Madness festival on Saturday. (Micah Friez / Osakis Review)3 / 4
Liam Joynes, 2, zooms down an inflatable slide with volunteer and Osakis teacher Pat Stier waiting below to catch him during Saturday's Moonshine Madness festival in downtown Osakis. (Micah Friez / Osakis Review)4 / 4

Downtown Osakis was buzzing with activity for the fifth annual Moonshine Madness Day Saturday.

"We had a great turnout," said Laura Backes, a member of the Moonshine Madness Committee. "The weather was beautiful and we had no issues. The street dance was great. People participated in activities, watched the chainsaw carvers. Everything went very well and we lucked out with the weather."

Mother Nature provided plenty of sunshine and 70-degree temperatures.

It takes a lot of work to coordinate all the elements that go into the celebration. Backes compared the hours of planning to a part-time job, adding that the effort is well worth it.

"It's so fun to see the town that busy just for one day — it practically doubles in size," she said.

Activities included food vendors and crafters; a VFW poker walk; hot air balloon rides; inflatables; children's games; softball, golf and bean bag tournaments; pontoon rides; mechanical pig races; live music and more.

Meanwhile, over at Panther Distillery, Moonshine Madness-goers toured the facility, sipped samples, browsed the gift shop, took in a vintage car show, and heard from Brigadier General Lowell Kruze.

The committee will take a short break before jumping back into planning next year's event, starting with monthly meetings in November, Backes said. She added that the committee appreciates feedback and ideas from residents about Moonshine Madness festivities.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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