Medallion Hunt will kick off Dam Festival Events

By Liz Verley, Staff Writer 

Events and festivities for the Little Falls Dam Festival are on track to have something for all ages to enjoy.

Although most of the Little Falls Dam Festival events will happen over the weekend, the annual event will start with a medallion hunt beginning Monday.

The medallion hunt is sponsored by Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union and is worth $500 to the lucky finder.

Clues will be posted daily beginning Monday at and will be read on the Little Falls Radio stations at 8:40 a.m.

Official rules include: the medallion is located within Little Falls City limits and is on public property. The medallion is not buried or inside a building.

No one can start searching for the medallion before the first clue is posted on Monday at 9 a.m. Anyone searching for the medallion prior to the first posting will be disqualified. Destruction of any property is not necessary and will not be allowed.

The finder of the medallion will presented with the $500 prize Friday at the Dam Festival.

The finder of the medallion must present the medallion to staff at Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union during business hours for verification of the medallion. If the medallion is not turned in by Friday at 5 p.m. the money will be donated to a local organization.

Becky McClain, festival chair, said, “The planning is going very well. There is a lot of hard work that goes into planning this event and we couldn’t do it without the support of our local businesses and  community. It cost approximately $35,000 to $40,000 to put on this event. A big thank you to all our sponsors because without their generous donations we would not be able to have this event.”

She said, “ Our goal is have a fun-filled family weekend and it’s free to attend. This year we added a cash raffle giveaway to raise money for the event. First prize – $5,000, Second – $3,000, third –  $1,000, two – $500, two-$300 eight – $200 and 12 – $100 prizes There are only 250 tickets sold at $100 each.”

Those wishing to purchase a ticket should call Lin Furniture  632-3664 or The Convention and Visitors Bureau 616-4959 for more information on where to purchase them.

On Friday, the Dam sidewalk sale starts at 9 a.m. and runs to 5 p.m. Various Little Falls businesses will have special sales.

At 5 p.m. the food vendors will open their sites and be open until 10 p.m. The Dam Festival Karaoke Challenge will start at 6 p.m. and a street dance with the “Roosters” will run from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Saturday, June 16, promises a full day of fun starting at 8 a.m.  with the Dam2Dam bike ride starting at Le Bourget Park. Free airplane rides will be given at the Little Falls/Morrison County Airport from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for ages 8 – 17.

Tours of the Minnesota Power Hydroelectric Power Plant will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m., sign-up for the tours begins at 8:30 a.m.

The family carnival runs from noon to 8 p.m. as does the petting zoo.

The fur trade era historical re-enactment, community lane and arts and crafts lane will open at 10 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. with the exception of the arts and crafts lane which will close at 6 p.m.

The parade will start at 11 a.m. It will begin at Seventh Avenue N.E. (city hall) and travel south on First Street to Seventh street S.E. (St. Gabriel’s Hospital).

Other events include two performances by the JSAW Professional Skateboard Team at 12:45 p.m. and again at 2:15 p.m. Bingo begins at 2 p.m., turtle races at 2:45 p.m., Dam Talent contest at 6 p.m., street dance (music by Double Trouble) at 8 p.m. and the fireworks at 10:05 p.m.