Badgerfest makes its reappearance

BADGER – Badgerfest returns after more than 10 years, giving the town of Badger a chance “to get to know itself again” Friday through June 29, organizer Steve Johanson said.

Organizers said it will be a great reunion for the town.

“A lot of the people on the committee had fond memories of it, of being kids or taking their own children to it,” Cindy Glover said. “We felt like it would be a good thing to bring back.”

The festival started in late 1970s and ended around 2000, though organizers were unsure when the last one was.

“We wanted to resurrect it,” Glover said. “We’re just proud of the town of Badger and being from a small town.”

For its return, Badgerfest will kick off with a car and bike show Friday from 5 to 9 p.m.

“Anyone who wants to bring a car or bike can register that evening,” Glover said.

Wrapping up on Friday night, a band will play at Knuckleheads at 121 First Ave. S,E.

A parade will go through town starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

There will be a registration table accepting parade entries up until 9 a.m. before the parade.

After the parade will be a flag raising ceremony at the veterans memorial.

Knudson Park will be “packed full of kids activities,” Glover said.

Kids can play on a 70-foot inflatable obstacle course.

Badger Lutheran Church will also have activities for kids. Its youth group is “in charge of a lot of games at the park,” Glover said.

There will also be a lot of food provided by many different organizations.

“We have a lot of people getting involved and hopefully it will be very successful,” Glover said.

A luncheon will feature Badger Burgers – which are like sloppy joes- and desserts.

The Lions Club will grill hamburgers and brats at the softball tournament that starts at 11:30 a.m.

The tournament pit those 40 and younger against those 40 and older.

“You almost feel like a kid again,” Johanson said.

The Badger Fire Department will grill hot dogs and hamburgers Saturday evening. Daybreak Rotary Club will sell cotton candy as a fundraiser for Butler Elementary School in Fort Dodge.

There will also be a vendor fair that will feature different types of food, crafts and a dunk tank. A Drug Abuse Resistance Education presentation will take place. Organizers also brought in a magician.

On Sunday at 9 a.m. Badger Lutheran Church will have a nondenominational service at Knudson Park.

“We hope that we have really good weather and can get a lot of people in town to have some fun,” Glover said. “There’s not a lot going on up in Badger all the time.”

Organizers hope to continue Badgerfest after this year, they said.

“I think it will be a fun time for everyone,” Gail Higgins said. “I’m just hoping that it’s a great day that people will want to remember and return next year.”