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Horace to host annual celebration this weekend

Sean Sande tries beans as they are dished up by Ann Olson, left, and Lori Gast while Brooke Gast and Jadyn Feist draw a sign to attract customers during the bean cook-off at last year's Horace Bean Days. West Fargo Pioneer File Photo

Horace is rolling out the welcome mat this weekend with their annual Bean Days celebration Saturday.

Organizers are encouraging everyone looking for a day of action-packed fun and excitement to visit their community and participate.

Chairperson Deanna Sauvageau touted the event as a "fun-filled day. If you are looking for something to do, Horace is definitely the place to be. You certainly won't be disappointed. There is plenty going on."

Sauvageau singles out the annual mud run now in its ninth year, as one of the big draws. "Spectators just enjoy watching the mud fly," she said excitedly, with the feature event packing in over a thousand spectators.

No stranger to the action, Sauvageau has been serving as chair for almost a decade. The past several years Jesse Ouse was part of the team as co-chair, but decided to retire this year.

Sauvageau said the day is made possible thanks to "a lot of hard by several dedicated people" specifically mentioning, her husband, Jeff, ands son, Justin and Eric, her sister and husband, Jan and Oscar Tronnes, as well as Damien Fredrickson, Matt Duval, Dan Dowling, Melissa Fosse, Helen Johnston, Dottie Cullen, and Fran Bossert, all Horace residents, committed to making this annual event a success.

"I guess we are just dedicated to doing it and we really enjoy it," Sauvageau said. "It's really one day when the town comes alive for everyone to be a part of."

The schedule of events is intense and ongoing starting with the Horace Lions Pancake Breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. at the Fire Hall and the Horace Lutheran Youth Rummage Sale from 7 a.m. to noon at the church. Other events include: the Bean Cook-off at the Fire Hall at 8 a.m.; the Kiddie Parade at 9:30 a.m., followed by the Main Parade down Main Street at 10 a.m.; and following the parade, the Meet and Greet with Horace Fire and Rescue as well as Kids Games. An all-day Flea Market and Craft Show will also get underway at 10 a.m.; a Show and Shine Classic Car Show will be held from noon to 4 p.m.; with the popular Mud Run getting underway at Noon.

The afternoon will also feature Bingo at the Senior Center from 2 to 4 p.m. and again at 7 p.m.; a Disk Golf Tournament at 2 p.m. at Independence Park; and a Street Dance concluding the celebration from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. with music by "Rhyme or Reason."

Concessions will be available at the Mud Run and Street Dance.

Sunday, August 21, will be highlighted by a Community Softball Tournament.

Sauvageau said they are still looking for volunteers for the Saturday event and entries are still being accepted for the parade, for which there is no fee.

"We still need people to help lining up parade entries, direct traffic, and at the mud run and dance gates. Anyone that would be willing to just give and hour or two of their time would be great."

Those wishing to help out in anyway should call 361-6579.