2013 Corcoran Country Daze: Friday & Saturday, Aug. 16-17

What was not to enjoy at the 10th annual Corcoran Country Daze this year?

The event really took off this year with bigger than ever crowds making their way to the Corcoran City Park. The main attraction? Free games for families to enjoy, with even more free choices this year, from more giant inflatable attractions to more free games with prizes. Also new this year was a Choo Choo train that operated, for free of course, around the main carnival area.

But the annual celebration also features so much more, like free bands at night, classic car contest, free bird house making, petting zoo, face painting, animals rides, helicopter visit, arts and crafts vendors, music, softball tournaments, beach volleyball, a new 5K run, and more.

Any proceeds from the event go back to the community through the donations, scholarships and many events the NW Area JC’s (formerly the Corcoran Area JC’s) put on each year. (Photos by Aaron Brom)

Spence Ritzen’s bright red ’57 T-bird stands out in the bright sun. This year’s classic car show featured models as old as the 1920s and all the way up to muscle cars from the 70s. Corcoran Police Cpl. John Hamilton visits with JC’s member Chad Robran. The JCs sponsor the event that sends any proceeds back to the community. A wide variety of crafts and goods are spread out along the main carnival area. Fresh produce and vegetables are also a popular attraction. Volunteers assist children in building free bird houses. Kids were often lined up to take part in the man activities offered.
Ryder Bormes reaches for the pig while mom Karyn assists him in the petting zoo. A Choo Choo train ride is one of many new free activities offered for children and families this year. It was whistling its way around the main carnival grounds.
Gerald and Teri Anderson’s 1923 Ford Tbucket Roadster gets attention at the classic car show. Gwen Polkinghome is on hand with alpacas for children to pet. Elsie Nygaard shares a huge smile at the rock climbing tower, and why not, it’s her birthday! Children take their chances with trout at the fishing pool, a cool attraction on a warm sunny day. Veli Keobounpheng, 2, of Minneapolis peeks behind the wheel of the Stieg Century Farms of Corcoran 1952 McCormick-Farmall tractor at Corcoran Country Daze Saturday, Aug. 17. The annual celebration was bigger than ever this year with even more free activities for families to enjoy.
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Veli Keobounpheng, 2, of Minneapolis peeks behind the wheel of the Stieg Century Farms of Corcoran 1952 McCormick-Farmall tractor at Corcoran Country Daze Saturday, Aug. 17. The annual celebration was bigger than ever this year with even more free activities for families to enjoy.