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A showcase for non-profit groups, programs

For nearly 20 years, the Perham Area Trade and Home Show has served not only as a showcase of East Otter Tail business and industry-but as a two-day exposition of area non-profit groups and as a presentation of valuable information.

Area organizations were in full force at the Feb. 20-21 event.

Many of the groups were previewing events and charitable campaigns coming up for 2010-from concerts to 4-H youth programs to conservation projects.

An always-popular corner is the Rotary Club's "Taste of Perham," where show-goers sample locally made food products. Bongards' cheese, Kenny's licorice, Barrel O' Fun snacks, Dean's homemade meat products, and homemade fudge from Ma's Little Red Barn were among the many tasty food items served by Rotary volunteers.

The Perham Chamber hosted a fundraising raffle for a two-minute shopping spree at Dean's Country Market. The winner of the raffle was Scott Benke, Dent.

Wranglers 4-H group gears for June 12 show

In the hallway, several non-profit groups greeted visitors steadily for the two days.

Among them, was the East Otter Tail Wranglers 4-H Horse Judging crew. Kids and families baked dozens of desserts that were on sale to raise funds for the group's annual judging activities and shows.

Also on sale were raffle tickets, for a chance on a half-beef from Star Lake Ranch-as well as a $300 Northland Power Washing certificate, golf games at Lakeside, a bowling party at The Cactus, and a dozen other prizes.

Tickets will continue on sale up until the big 4-H horse show, June 12, at the Perham Fairgrounds.

Historical society plans big year for 2010

The East Otter Tail Historical Society, which has aggressively stepped up its public awareness efforts, featured a full photo display of scenes from the picturesque "Pioneer Village."

The EOT Historical Society is coming off a full year of new activities and events-and a coming year of exciting promotions. The society's highly successful "Haunted House" and fall festival will be expanded this year to an entire "Haunted Village."

A "Back to the 60's" event will return this summer, with the legendary "Unbelievable Uglies" performing for the third year at the Pioneer Village. This year, the concert and dance at the historic "Grandview Heights Ballroom" will be a headline event - immediately following the Turtle Fest parade on June 25.

The EOT Historical Society is also developing a new niche as a distinctive, rustic rental option for weddings, reunions and organization events at the Pioneer Village.

Library book sale a popular browsing spot

Near the center of the trade show, next to the Lakes Lions concession stand, the Perham Area Public Library displayed stacks of books for sale. It was a favorite browsing spot throughout the weekend.

Police Reserves, daycare group offer fingerprinting

Fingerprinting and information on child protection were again offered by the Perham Police Reserves and the East Otter Tail Daycare Association.

The Census Bureau was offering information on the 2010 Census.

Environment, wildlife habitat education

Promoting conservation and wildlife habitat was the East Otter Tail Deer Hunters Association, which presented a popular booth at the Trade Show.

A highlight of the deer hunters weekend was the fundraising raffle of three guns.

Winning the Browning was Todd Brend, Rochert.

Dennis Zachorias, Ottertail, was the winner of the Remington. Mark Strege won the Thompson.

The East Otter Tail Soil and Water Conservation District offered a wide array of information on conservation, erosion prevention and lakeshore landscaping.

Archery demonstrations and shooting were offered as well, courtesy the Perham Sportsmen's Club.

Health screenings, youth demonstrations featured

The Perham Lions, following the Lions International priority on vision and diabetes, offered screenings both days.

Youth participation at the Trade Show included a Tae Kwon Do presentation, and the Just for Kix dance demonstration.

Facepainting brought a flash of color to the show, as Alana Burns of the Club OnEighty youth center created colorful images on countless faces.