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Garry Schmidt’s collection was proudly displayed for the 2013 Ag Day’s Antique Tractor Show. Among his tractors is a sign remembering his father, Elmer Schmidt, and his friend, Glen Van Grevenhof, who initially got him started in showing his collection at the show. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Garry Schmidt’s collection was proudly displayed for the 2013 Ag Day’s Antique Tractor Show. Among his tractors is a sign remembering his father, Elmer Schmidt, and his friend, Glen Van Grevenhof, who initially got him started in showing his collection at the show. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Friday, August 08, 2014 12:52 PM

As the saying goes, one man’s junk is another one’s treasure. For Garry Schmidt of rural Wykoff, his uncle’s old International Cub Cadet began his treasured collection.

  • Ag Days button captures  Spring Valley’s small town atmosphere
    Earlier this year the Spring Valley Chamber of Commerce chose their annual Ag Days Button contest winner, Jordan Pokorney with his rendering of downtown Spring Valley, which captured the spirit of the annual festival. 
  • Time Machine returns with music for all ages

    Time Machine, the Rochester-based band that has brought a rock ‘n’ roll, ‘80s hair band, disco and country party to Spring Valley’s Ag Days street dance, is returning to downtown on Saturday, Aug. 16, for the band’s sixth appearance, featuring a performance that includes covers of everyone from The Bee Gees and Rick Springfield to Bon Jovi and Garth Brooks.      

     
  • A new talent show, new organizers of the pedal pull and beanbag tourney plus the return of many favorites, such as the Zebra Cake eating contest, highlight Ag Days this year.

     
  • For love of Cub Cadets: a man and his collection

    As the saying goes, one man’s junk is another one’s treasure. For Garry Schmidt of rural Wykoff, his uncle’s old International Cub Cadet began his treasured collection.

     
  • Okee Dokee Brothers, Grammy award-winning  bluegrass duo, to perform at Ag Days on Sunday

    The Grammy award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers will perform during the Spring Valley Ag Days celebration courtesy of the Spring Valley Area Ministerial Association, the Kingsland School Parents (KSP) and Kingsland Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE).

     
  • Production of ‘Mame’ backed by full orchestra

    “From a very selfish perspective, ‘Mame’ is a show that’s been on my bucket list for a long time.  The older I kept getting, the more I realized I was just going to have to make it happen, rather than wait for some area theater to decide to produce it,” said Helmers, director of the Brave Community Theatre (BCT) production of “Mame” for Ag Days. “So, I pitched the idea to BCT last January, expanding my promotion to a broader perspective that this show is just a great ‘grand old dame’ to bring to southeast Minnesota.

     
  • ‘Not Your Average Magic’ show  customized for Ag Days audience

    “What I offer my audiences is ‘Not Your Average Magic,’ as each show is customized for every audience and performance situation. My goal for every show is to present something different than audiences may have seen before,” said magician Not Your Average Joe (Swicklik), of Rochester.

     
  • “Every year, they bring in a large variety of new effects that help spice up the show. The shell effects include willows, peonies, chrysanthemums, a smiley face, dahlias, diadems, strobes, comets, mines, brocades and salutes,” said Spring Valley Chamber of Commerce member Leslie Schmidt.

     
  • Time Machine shows versatility while 
entertaining crowd at annual street dance
    "There are tribute bands that concentrate on one genre. There are also tribute bands that feature two or three different artists, but we wanted to offer something totally different than anybody was offering around here, while appealing to as many people as possible," said Jay Wells of Time Machine, the Rochester-based band performing at the Ag Days street dance on Broadway Saturday, Aug. 17. 
  • Fairy tale includes special effects, 
music as 'Snow White' comes to life
    "Of course, what is a fairy tale without magic, fog and explosions?" asked Brave Community Theatre (BCT) Ag Days "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" director Novella Meisner, referring to the special effects that might fascinate audience members who attend the show, a classic "damsel in distress" story, set for the evenings of Aug. 14 through Aug. 17. 
  • Mud volleyball will be held again this year, but it will be all day Saturday and Sunday of Ag Days and the location is now behind Racks Bar & Grill in the Bucknell subdivision. 
  • 'Wonder' of magic to be on display in two locations
    Ag Days will have several new activities for children this year, including magic in two locations. 
  • "It's something I have not done before, so it was something I wanted to try to draw a different crowd during Ag Days, try something different," said local deejay Joe Kovarik. The first-ever Ag Days Idol singing competition, sponsored by Kovarik's deejay and karaoke business, called Uncle Lu's, and the Ag Days committee, takes place at South Park the evening of Friday, Aug. 16. 
  • "We're holding the contest again this year, and it's for kids zero to 12 years old," said S&S Bait Shop proprietor Steve Volkart, anticipating the Ag Days children's fishing contest, set this year for the morning of Saturday, Aug. 17, on Spring Valley Creek. 
  • There will be a Big Wheel Race Sunday, Aug. 18, on the new one-way next to the pool at South Park. Children ages 3 to 6 will be able to put their bottoms in the seat and their feet on the pedals of the original low-slung tricycles and give it their all to the finish line. 
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