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Horace celebrating annual Bean Days

With everything else shaping up this weekend, let's not forget the annual Horace Bean Days community celebration being promoted by our neighbors to the south.

Marking its 15th year, the event will be observed over a three-day run Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 17, 18 and 19, at various locations around the community.

The kick-off event, a Trap Shoot and raffles at the Shooting Park, will take place at 5 p.m., Friday.

Saturday's activities will include: a Lions Pancake Breakfast at 7 a.m.; a Kiddie Parade at 9:30 a.m. followed by the Main Parade at 10 a.m.; a Mud Run and Classic Car Show and Shine, both at noon; and a Disk Golf Tournament and Bingo at the Senior Center, both at 2 p.m.

Marking its tenth year as a favored event, the Mud Run is always a huge draw, attracting approximately 1500 people. Most of the activities are free but there is there is a small fee for this event; $6 for individuals 12 and older; and $3 for everyone under 12.

There will also be an All-Day Craft Show and Flea Market; Kids Games following the parade; and plenty of food and refreshments with concessions stands set up all over town and at the mud run location.

The concluding Street Dance on Saturday, also extremely popular attracting as many people as the mud run, will take place from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Music will be provided by local Band "Rhyme and Reason." There will be a $5 cover charge for the dance and no pets are allowed.

Sunday's action will feature Community Softball Games starting at 10 a.m., capping off Horace Bean Days.

Deanna Sauvageau, who is once again serving as Bean Days organizer, encourages everyone to drive on out to Horace and take in all the event has to offer. "It's a great time and everyone should come out and enjoy all the fun."

She added that entries are still being accepted for the parade at no charge. Anyone who would still like to enter can do so by calling Melissa Dirk at 701-799-9490 or Fran Bossert at 701-277-1453.

Those with additional questions should contact Sauvageau at 701- 361-6579.