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Summertime is celebration time in Cook and Orr

Anticipation is growing for return of traditional community festivals

Posted 5/19/21

COOK/ORR- With Gov. Tim Walz saying for several weeks that Minnesotans would see a “return to normal” this summer, it’s full steam ahead for Cook’s Annual Timber Days festival …

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Summertime is celebration time in Cook and Orr

Anticipation is growing for return of traditional community festivals

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COOK/ORR- With Gov. Tim Walz saying for several weeks that Minnesotans would see a “return to normal” this summer, it’s full steam ahead for Cook’s Annual Timber Days festival and Orr’s July 3rd Fun Day.
With planning for Timber Days commencing months ago, uncertainties then regarding the coronavirus pandemic forced the committee to scale back some of the activities, such as the softball tournament, that wouldn’t work within the state’s COVID-19 guidelines.
But festival-goers can expect Friday, June 11, Saturday, June 12, and Sunday, June 13 to have a full slate of activities and vendors to celebrate summer’s return.
River Street and the city park will be where most of the action takes place, including a bean bag tournament and the firefighters' challenge on Friday, a car show, pet show, magic show, and Elvis show on Saturday, and lawnmower races, the parade and raffle drawing on Sunday. A fireworks display will be at dusk on Saturday at the community center park.
This is a partial list of activities. Go to the Cook’s Annual Timber Days page on Facebook to keep up with the latest developments and learn more about activities and vendors.

Fun Day
July 3rd Fun Day in Orr also will likely be scaled down from past celebrations, but still promises most of the reliable mainstays, organizer Sandy Wardas said.
“We’re going to do the 5K walk/run for sure, and we’re going to do the kiddie parade, tractor show, bean bag tournament, street dance, and the fireworks,” she said.
What remains uncertain is what will become of the kids' games, crafters and vendors, and other entertainment and activities. The challenge isn’t COVID-19, it’s finding volunteers.
“I was kind of retiring before last year, and we’re still looking for somebody to help, so that’s why we’re not going full bore this year,” Wardas said. “I’ve advertised for some people to take over. We’re just going to go with the flow. It’s more than last year.”
To keep all of the fun in “fun day,” Wardas invites volunteers to give her a call at 218-410-3532.

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