The “Summer Spotlight” section runs weekly and features upcoming festivals going on around the area.

Today: Boxelder Bug Days.

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Boxelder Bug Days

Always wanted to see boxelder bugs race? Then Minneota Boxelder Bug Days, which begins Friday and runs through Sunday, is for you.

Other highlights of the festival include a cowboy comedian, a juggler, a rib cook-off, a climbing wall and Euro-bungee.

A new display has been added to the Vietnam War Memorial Center in Minneota. Donated by Valerie Downing of Taunton in memory of her son, Matthew Rand, who was killed in a car crash June 8, 2013, in Balaton, the metal art display depicts military heroes.

“Matthew had a soft spot in his heart for all those who served in Vietnam,” said Downing. “His father is a Vietnam vet.” Rand served in the National Guard.

The center will be opened during Boxelder Bugs Days from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, or however long people are still coming, said Memorial Center founder Charlie Hettling.

Hettling just came back from another trip to Vietnam and brought more artifacts to display in the museum, he said. It was his 23rd trip to Vietnam.

Hettling and his brother, Royal, are both Vietnam War veterans.

The center is located on Highway 68 between the post office and Bubba’s Bar.


All events take place in Boxelder Bug Square unless otherwise noted.


5:30-7 p.m. Community picnic at Minneota Manor with live entertainment.

7 p.m. Minneota football game vs. LQPV at LQPV.

9 p.m.-1 a.m. Kick-off dance behind Bubba’s Bar featuring DJ Chopper


6 a.m. Chili cook-off cooking begins, Memorial Park.

7:45-8:15 a.m. Registration for 5K/10K Run/Walk and 1K Kiddie Run. Child care for participants provided by Bethel Fellowship.

8 a.m. Barricades and detour in place.

8:30 a.m. 5K/10K Run/Walk, Prairie Winds parking lot.

8:30 a.m. Rib cook-off begins. Rules and registration on website,

9 a.m.-2 p.m. Silver Spur Saddle Club fun show, Minneota Arena.

9 a.m.-3 p.m. Craft show and Boxelder Bug Market.

9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friends of the Library $6 book sale, Big Store.

10 a.m. Kiddie parade registration, big stage. Suggested donation, $1 or canned food shelf item.

10 a.m.-2 p.m. American Legion bingo, tent by Gislason’s.

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Vietnam Memorial and History Center open.

10:30 a.m. Kiddie parade. Sponsored by GMT Women of Today.

11 a.m. Introduction of royalty, Boxelder Bug Races

11 a.m. Chili cook-off judging, area by Bubba’s Bar.

11:30 a.m. Chili cook-off tasting, proceeds to Prairie Home Hospice.

noon Nona Faye, singer.

noon-4 p.m. Soil and Water Education, Community Center, Clair Eckley, Icelandic Heritage.

noon-4 p.m. Inflatables for kids 11 and younger (Wristband #1 required. $15; $10 prior to Friday)

noon Readings from Bill Holm’s writings; “What Happens in Minneota…” by Charles Josephson at the Big Store.

12:30 p.m. Bean bag registration, Highway 68.

1 p.m. 57Chevy

1 p.m. Bean bag tourney, Highway 68.

2 p.m. Kayla Daniels, country singer.

2 p.m. Pedal tractor pull registration

2:30 p.m. Pedal tractor pull

3 p.m. Shawn Emery, juggler.

4 p.m. 57Chevy

4:30-8:30 p.m. Inflatables, climbing wall and Euro-bungee (Wristband #2 required. $10 prior to Friday; $15)

5 p.m. Kayla Daniels.

5:30 p.m. Rib cook-off judging; rib feed. After the ribs are turned in from the rib cook-off, a suggested donation of $10 will get you three ribs, beans, coleslaw or potato salad and a bottle of water. (In Memorial Park)

6:15 p.m. Limestones, male a cappella group from St. Olaf College.

7:30 p.m. Queen coronation.

8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Street dance featuring Black Water Band from Huron, S.D. ’80s, ’90s, current rock and country.


8-11 a.m. Firemen’s pancake breakfast, fire hall.

10 a.m. Ecumenical service.

11 a.m. Kayla Daniels.

11 a.m. Hope Lutheran confirmation Whopper feed.

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friends of the Library $6 book sale, Big Store.

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Vietnam Memorial and History Center open.

1 p.m. Grand parade.

2:30 p.m. T-Texas Terry, comedy cowboy.

2:30 p.m. Garden tractor pull, west of Minneota Building.

2:30 p.m. Barrel bash, Silver Spur Saddle Club.

2:45 p.m. Golf ball roll.

3:30 p.m. Queen’s tea.

(Courtesy van rides within a 10-mile radius will be given by the Minneota Police Department after the dances on Friday and Saturday nights).