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Crazy the good old days

Still crazy after all these years...That could be the slogan for Perham's sidewalk sale promotion August 7-8.

There has been a late summer retail promotion in Perham for as long as most folks can remember, but it wasn't until last year that promoters decided to go all out and put the craziness and zaniness back into "Crazy Days."

This year, the August sidewalk sale event has been expanded with even more activities. (See the middle section of Perham Enterprise Bulletin this week for full Crazy Days details.)

Since selling his Perham Jewelry shop, Dale Wright has turned his semi-retirement into an all out campaign to promote Perham's retail sector. This year, his able co-chairpersons are Bette Pitzel of The Back Porch and Kathy Gould of Gould Jewelry. Together, they've assembled a Crazy Days like the gold old days in the 1970's and 1980's.

The wild and crazy "Keystone Kops," a comedy troupe comprised of Perham police reservists, will be "all over town," said Wright.

New this year will be a jail and bail set-up, complete with a cell from the Perham Pioneer Village.

Presiding over the proceedings will be the "Dishonorable" Judge Bob Kinlund, who has a simple approach to justice: "You're guilty until proven guilty."

The cell will be located by Photo Magic. Across the crosswalk will be a Main Street beer garden, hosted by the Station House.

To move the action to the south business district, Dean's Country Market will be the site for a fundraiser by the boys swim team--which will be selling hotdogs, chips and pop from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Craziness will be at its peak in the downtown area from about 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day, with two bands, sidewalk sales, concessions and wild costumes worn by Perham merchants and employees.