Johnathan Storlie playing an UffDa game during last fall’s festivities.
Johnathan Storlie playing an UffDa game during last fall’s festivities.
The warmth of summer has faded away and the brisk temperatures of autumn have taken their place. Celebrate this seasonal change and come to Spring Grove for its annual autumn celebration - UffDa Fest.

The main festival is Saturday, Sept. 29, but the celebrating begins with citywide garage sales on Friday morning and continues into the evening.

Many will be turning their eyes toward the heavens Friday evening during the Star Gazing party south of town on County Road 16 (S. Division Ave.) from 7-11p.m. Watch for signs directing gazers to the viewing site.

The Spring Grove Cinema will have an early showing of "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" at 4:30 p.m. to make way for the 7:30 p.m. concert of the Alaska String Band. This band hails from Juneau, Alaska, and tours the lower 48 states and Canada each fall and early winter.

Their music consists of American-roots music favorites such as swing, jazz, bluegrass, pop, folk, dawg, gospel, Hawaiian, Celtic, and Russian. Tickets are available for $15 (presale through Sept. 24) or $20 at the door.

Saturday's festivities begin with citywide garage sales and continue throughout the day and night with activities for people of all ages and interests.

Enjoy the Gå Pa Tur Nature Walk from 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; register at the Ballard House.

Register for the traditional Norwegian lawn game of Kubb at 8 a.m. and prepare to take on opponents beginning at 9:30 a.m. Nationally ranked teams will be in Spring Grove to compete in this tournament. Grovers are encouraged to register and challenge these national teams and bring home a trophy!

For those that are competitive but in a running sort-of-way, participate in the 5th annual Run For the Arts 5k/10k. Registration is $20 and begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Bluff Country Artists Gallery with the run beginning at 10 a.m.

The race begins in Viking Memorial Park traveling through the streets of Spring Grove to the challenging, hilly and scenic nearby country gravel roads. The run supports the education mission of the gallery.

Another sporting event will also take place at 10 a.m. - the UffDa Fest Bowl - the youth football game of Spring Grove (4, 5, 6th graders) vs. Winona at the football field.

Locally grown and produced foods will be for sale in Viking Memorial Park as part of the UffDa Market. Also in the park will be pork burgers sold by the Spring Grove School Athletic Boosters, as well as lefse- and meatballs-on-a-stick sold by Trinity Lutheran youth. Don't forget the homemade apple pies sold by Dollars for Scholars.

Across the street from Viking Memorial Park, there will be a Classic Car Show in Trinity Lutheran Church's parking lot. It will run from 9 a.m. until noon when awards and prizes will be handed out. Registration is $10 beginning at 8 a.m.

Want to spend a little time viewing the many talents of quilters in the area? Visit the Festival of Quilts Show and Sale opening at 9 a.m. in the Fest Building. Admission is by donation.

There will be on-going demonstrations by vendors and some guild members on machine quilting and new tools and techniques. A lunch stand will be open in the building provided by the Sunrise Recovery Home.

At 10 a.m. speaker Gail Bakkom will give her presentation "Quilt Documentation" (Minnesota Quilt Project).

Children can participate in games in Viking Memorial Park from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. There will be a variety of games for $5 for all-they-can-play.

Adults will have their own version of UffDa games including lutefisk toss beginning at 5 p.m. in the Southwest Alley behind Main Street.

It's UffDa Fest, so that must mean Norwegian treats! The Sons of Norway will be serving Norwegian goodies at the Spring Grove Cinema from 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Grab some goodies and head into the Giants of the Earth Heritage Center's Historic Film Festival running from 2-3 p.m. They will be showing WWII oral histories that Luther college local intern, Lindsay Bratland, compiled this summer.

UffDa Fest wraps up with two choices of musical entertainment - Matthew Kane and the Band Greenbrier will entertain in the Southwest Alley by Norski's saloon from 7:30 p.m. - midnight with a cover charge of $5. At the American Legion, Tunnelvision will perform from 8:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.

For more details on times and registrations, visit UffDa Fest's website, www.uffdafest.com. Watch next week's Herald for a schedule as well as ads from area businesses.