Trot into Trail Days.

It's undeniably fun.

Fountain's Trail Days committee is proud to present the town's annual early summer celebration, complete with a run on the Root River Trail, a basketball tournament, children's games, dunk tank, beanbag tournaments, beer garden, ballgames, a bike giveaway drawing and a ventriloquist. Of course, as in every good community celebration, there will be food, food and more food, citywide garage sales, a pancake breakfast, community church service, tractor pull and just hanging out with the neighbors in city park. The festivities are planned for this weekend, Saturday, June 7, and Sunday, June 8.


The excitement begins with a fun run and walk on Saturday morning as the Milk Fun(d) Run starts at 9 a.m. at the Root River Trailhead. Runners will make the 2.5-mile jog to the Johnson Trailside Holstein Farm, gathering donations beforehand to fund area schoolchildren's milk breaks. Tours of the dairy and a shuttle to the farm are also available, but the run promises the most "Fun(d)." Registration is set for 8 to 8:45 a.m.

The first annual three-on-three basketball tournament is tentatively slated for 10:30 a.m., and there's also going to be a sand pile and drawing sponsored by O'Connell Excavating on the volleyball court.

The Draw Your Partner Beanbag Tourney at noon in the park is for children and adults alike - adults may enter for $5, and children, for $1.

Children's games, courtesy of the Fountain Fire Department, will commence at 1 p.m. Don't miss the dunk tank - a special way to take a bath - which is sponsored by Richard's Pump Service.

The beer garden offers up refreshments from noon to midnight in the park shelter, Steve Arnold and Walter Bradley croon and play from 2 to 4 p.m. thanks to Herman's Service, Finseth Milk Hauling and Drury's Furniture.

The little tykes' ballgame begins at 2:30, followed by the Farmers & Merchants' ballgame at 5 with old-fashioned fun and drawings for prizes.

There are "must-be-present-to-win prizes" and the bike drawing, sponsored by Stephas Plumbing & Heating, GP Truck Painting and Ron and Sandy Junge, to be held at 7 p.m. - three children's bicycles will be given away, and once again, no wandering off if one expects to roll home on that shiny new bike.

Throughout the day, there will be food sales by the Fountain Trail Days Committee and also the Fillmore County Pork Producers, so there's no chance of getting hungry.

The evening's entertainment's in the park as well, with ventriloquist and comedian James Wedgwood bringing his dummies to talk to the smart people, all without ever moving his lips, at 8. Audience members are supposed to remember to bring their own seats, and the show, a fundraiser for next year's Fountain Trail Days, will be held in the park, but will be moved into the Fountain Community Center if it rains.

DJ Spin Drive's setting up in the beer garden following Wedgwood's appearance and attendees can thank Finseth Milk Hauling, Drury's Furniture and Herman's Service for the late night fun.


Rise and shine early or late on Sunday, June 8, and face the day with some flapjacks at the pancake breakfast in the community center from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m., or eat before or after the 9 a.m. community church service in the city park (once again, remember to bring a lawn chair...but receiving the Gospel on the ground still works.)

Once one has had the Good Word and some syrup, gather for the noon tractor pull - weigh-in (for the tractors, not the pancake eaters) is set for 10 a.m. - and thank Ken Koch, John Sveen and Ron Reisner for their generous support of Trail Days tractor action, with snacks available through the Fountain Lutheran Youth Organization.

More information is available about Fountain Trail Days on Facebook, or follow @FtnTrailDays on Twitter for updates. Volunteers are still needed for Trail Days activities. If interested, contact staff at First State Bank of Fountain at (507) 268-4321.