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Dent Daze 2013: Taking people ‘Back to the Farm’

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Dent’s big summer celebration is right around the corner, and this year it promises to bring people “Back to the Farm.”

How? By featuring some fun, farm-focused activities like tractor races, a petting zoo with farm animals, farm-decorated floats and a dung-flinging contest.

Ahem. That’s right. A dung-flinging contest.

Players will have three chances to fling a piece of horse dung through a hole. Those who get all three pieces through will win a free T-shirt boasting, “I Flung Dung in Dent.”

The T-shirts will also be available for sale for those who aren’t such great shots but still want the shirt.

Players who get two pieces through will win Dent Bucks, which can be spent at participating Dent businesses, and those who get one piece through will win a small consolation prize.

Another activity that’s new this year, or at least, new to Dent Daze in this decade, is bed races.

Jess O’Boyle of the Dent Community Club, which organizes Dent Daze, said bed races were last held back in 2002. They’re being brought back this year due to their popularity in the past.

Here’s how they work: teams of six people race a bed on wheels down the street and back, with four people pushing and steering while the other two ride on the bed. Those two must do a quick change of clothes half-way through the race. The first team back, wins.

Teams can “soup up” their own beds to bring, or there will be a hospital bed available for teams to use, O’Boyle said. Each team will pay a $5 entry fee to compete; that money is then pooled together into a pot that will get split amongst the top two winning teams.

In other racing action, the always-popular tractor/big wheel races will be back at Dent Daze again this year. Open to kids ages three and up, all who participate get a ribbon, and winners are awarded trophies. Families can bring their own child-sized tractors, or there will be one there for kids to use.

“It’s just really fun,” said O’Boyle of the tractor races. “It’s fun to watch, and it’s very popular.”

Other returning activities for kids will include the petting zoo and games. Games will be held at a new location this year, in a shadier spot near the Fire Hall, and the game area will feature the new addition of a bouncy house.

Kids can also take part in a free 1K foot race, while adults can sign up for a 5K Walk/Run. O’Boyle said these events have grown in recent years, and organizers expect a good turnout.

“The 5K has become quite popular,” she said. “It’s a nice, flat course.”

Some other favorite activities that will be returning this year include the parade, chicken feed and pie social, and silent auction.

The chicken feed is put on by the Dent Lions Club, while the Methodist Church leads up the pie social. Both events are fundraisers. The silent auction is coordinated by the Dent American Legion, and funds raised go back to the community in the form of scholarships.

These events offer “amazing food and great value, supporting very worthy causes,” said O’Boyle.

Dent Daze events will be going on throughout the day on Saturday, July 13.

People who visit Dent businesses from 10 a.m. to noon that day will have the chance to win a prize through the “Dent Business Poker Run.”  People will be able to pick up cards at participating businesses, and the person who ends up with the best poker hand at the end will win.

All in all, O’Boyle said, Dent Daze offers something for everyone.

“It’s great fun for families and people of all ages,” she said. “We really do pride ourselves on making it an extremely affordable, fun event.”

For more information, visit the facebook pages for Dent Daze and the Dent Community Club.

Schedule of Events

9 a.m.  5K Road Race Walk/Run, registration starts at 8 a.m., at the school

10 a.m.  Kids’ 1K Fun Run

10 a.m.–noon  Dent Business Poker Run

Noon-2 p.m.  Kids’ games, bouncy house and petting zoo, near the Fire Hall

Noon-7 p.m.  American Legion silent auction fundraiser

2 p.m.  Parade

3 p.m.  Tractor/big wheel races

4 p.m.  Bed races

4-7 p.m.  Chicken feed and pie social, karaoke and more

Marie Johnson

Marie Johnson joined the Detroit Lakes Tribune in November 2017 after several years of writing and editing at the Perham Focus. She lives in rural Frazee with her husband, Dan, their young son and daughter, and their yellow Lab.

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