Thursday, August 18th, 2022 Church Directory
KIDS GOT TO EXPERIENCE the feeling of flying through the air on this glider ride at this year’s Spud Fest. (Patriot Photo by Bill Morgan).
THE FOOD TRUCKS AND BOOTHS at Big Lake’s Spud Fest are always very popular for a quick bite or treat for the family, as this man and his child attest. (Patriot Photo by Bill Morgan).
COUNTY COMMISSIONER RAEANNE DANIELOWSKI walked the parade and gave out flags as her husband, Irv, drove the red Mustang ahead of her. (Patriot Photo by Bill Morgan).
THE MAIN TENT was a great place to get off one’s feet or to enjoy a lunch and get out of the rays of the sun. (Patriot Photo by Bill Morgan).
THE FIREWORKS SHOW was a huge hit Friday night. (Patriot Photo by Shelley Berthiaume).
THE PARADE WAS WELL STOCKED with floats from dozens of businesses and organizations from all around the state. (Patriot Photo by Bill Morgan).
SASQUATCH received a lot of attention as he rode in the back of the Jeep of the Patriot Newspaper float. (Patriot Photo by Bill Morgan).
THIS FAMILY felt the thrill of acceleration and gyration as they rode the scrambler ride at this year’s Spud Fest. (Patriot Photo by Bill Morgan).

Spud Fest is a S-Mash!

Spud Fest 2022 — the organization’s 50th year — was a s-mashing success all four days!

Kicking off on Thursday, many people anticipated the opening of the carnival area, food tents and the activities associated with Spud Fest. The evening closed with the Dance Caravan of Otsego that entertained the adults and children under the main tent.

Friday was a big day and the weather cooperated. Starting at 1 p.m. when the carnival opened, kids got out and rode the rides and played the carnival games for the entire day. The Big Lake Ambassadors stayed busy with face painting and the police and firemen of the area played a friendly game of softball to kick off the softball tournament. Music in the evening was provided by 2 Mile Final and the night culminated with one of the best firworks shows this area has seen in quite a while!

Saturday was “iffy” as clouds rolled in and rain descended upon the area. That didn’t squelch the runners and walkers in the Lakes Run event nor the much-anticipated parade. Last count, there were over 90 floats that traveled down Eagle Lake Road to Minnesota Avenue to the delight of candy-snatching kids.

Spud Fest Marketplace was abuzz with customers who perused the crafter booths on the school grounds across from the carnival. Skitzo Fonik closed out the day with a concert from 8 p.m. to midnight.

On Sunday, the softball tournament concluded, but dozens of people came out for the car show in the morning — then headed over to the main tent for potato pancakes. The car show concluded at 3 p.m. and for those that hung around, the third annual potato soup contest was held at 1 p.m. Bingo was a popular event all weekend and at 4 p.m., the Spud Fest 2022 event shut down for another year.

Can Spud fest 2023 outdo this year’s jamboree? Come out next summer and find out!