Country Daze weekend will be chock full of Corcoran events

Country Daze weekend in Corcoran will have a full slate of events, making it possible to find family entertainment for three days in a row. Someone with lots of energy could run from the community Country Daze events, to the Hope Community Church Get Together, to the St. Thomas the Apostle Parish Festival, to the Burschville School Summerfest.

Choose anything from a mud volleyball tournament, to live bands, hay rides, human foosball, bingo, farmers market, flea market, food trucks and much more.

Here is the event line-up for the weekend.

CORCORAN COUNTRY DAZE

The Northwest Area Jaycees have billed Corcoran Country Daze as “Minnesota’s Largest Backyard Festival.” Big changes are coming this year to Country Daze on August 18 and 19. For starters, the traditional community celebration has a new location. Corcoran Lions Park, located at Bass Lake Road and Country Road 101. This will allow for expansion of current attractions and also provide room for adding new activities. The Jaycees are planning many free events and entertainment for everyone,

Featured events on Friday, Aug. 18 will be a men’s softball tourney starting at 6 p.m., Designer Purse Bingo at 6 p.m. and an 8 p.m. performance by Maiden Dixie. Admission to the concert is free with a donation of a nonperishable food item for area food shelf.

Saturday’s events will begin with a 9 a.m. Mud Volleyball and Grass Volleyball Tournament. A Free Kid’s Day and Classic Car Show both will begin at 11 a.m. Two Hicks and a Chick will perform at 4:30 p.m. Hairball will offer a special performance at 8 p.m. Tickets for Hairball are available at www.hairballonline.com. A fireworks show at dusk will honor veterans.

For more Country Daze information, visit www.corcorancountrydaze.org or visit the NW Area Jaycees Facebook event page. Corcoran Country Daze is hosted by the NW Area Jaycees and sponsored by local businesses. All proceeds go back to surrounding communities through the many activities the NW Area Jaycees support, including hardship donations, children’s events, scholarships, food shelf donations and more.

COUNTRY DAZE VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT

The NW Area Jaycees will sponsor a mud or grass volleyball tournament on Saturday, Aug. 19 in memory of Jessica Lynn LaFave, who loved to play volleyball with her friends and family. Check in time will be 8 – 8:30 a.m., with play beginning a 9 a.m. sharp. Registration fee is $60 per team. Registration deadline is Wednesday, Aug. 16. Visit www.corcorancountrydaze.org to register.

The tourney will involve coed teams of four players, with a minimum of two women on the court at all times. Teams will be guaranteed four matches in a “call your own” tournament with officiated playoffs. Prizes will be swag bags for each team with drink tickets. First place team will get $90 cash, T-shirts and a traveling trophy, Second place winners will get $60 cash and third place winners will get $30 cash.

Event proceeds go to the Jessica Lynn LaFave Foundation. Contact Kirsten Thompson with any questions at [email protected].

GREAT HOPE GET-TOGETHER

Hope Community Church will celebrate its 20th anniversary at the Great Hope Get-Together on Friday, Aug. 18 and Saturday, Aug. 19 at the church, 19951 Oswald Farm Road Corcoran. Events are free and open to the public. The Get-Together will feature a Corn Feed at 6 p.m. on Friday and a 9:30 a.m. brunch on Saturday. The church also is planning hay rides, inflatables, human foosball, a petting zoo, face painting and air-soft gun range. For more information, visit www.myhopecommunity.org/ghgt.

CORCORAN 5K

The fifth 5th annual Corcoran 5K Run/ Walk is part of the two-day Great Hope Get Together event. Race start time is 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 19, with runners/ walkers stepping off from the church. Registration costs $25 before Aug. 15 and $35 after that date. Register at www.Corcoran5K.com.

ST. THOMAS PARISH FESTIVAL

St. Thomas the Apostle Church, located at 20000 County Road 10 in Corcoran, will celebrate its Parish Festival on Sunday, Aug. 20, Come and dine on turkey from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festival also will feature cash bingo, garage sale, kids’ games, farmers’ market, craft sale, silent auction, cake walk, country music and a grand prize raffle drawing (you do not need to be present to win).

BURSCHVILLE SCHOOL SUMMERFEST

With help from area businesses,  North Hennepin Pioneer Society will sponsor the annual Summerfest from noon to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 20 at the historic Burschville School, located at 22995 County Road 10, Corcoran. Proceeds will help support  the last remaining, one room school in Corcoran. Entertainment will include music by the Jolly Jammers, a popular area band, along with children’s scavenger hunt, free face painting by Encore Entertainment, kids games, door prizes, Twins tickets raffle, Flea Market, pork chops, corn on the cob, root beer floats and more.

For more information or an appointment to see the school, contact Verneal Klersy at 763-498-8677, Betty Lange at 763-286-0877 or Bonnie Maue at 763-420-3440. Or e-mail [email protected]

Burschville School has a new look. In  2016 the Pioneer society hired local contractors to bring the exterior of the school back to its original design and color. Built in 1894, the building was painted white with dark green trim.  After the school closed in 1967 the Society painted the school red with white trim. The work was completed with the help of community organizations, City of Corcoran and funds saved from fundraisers. All this brings the school one step closer to the goal to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places in Corcoran.

The North Hennepin Pioneer Society is looking for memorabilia from school District # 107-Burschville School. If you have any school class photos, the society would make copies and then return originals to you.  Contact Betty at 763-286-0877 or Bonnie at 763-420-3440.

The Pioneer Society is a non-profit organization that raises funds to maintain the grounds and the school and to preserve the collection of school items on display. Becoming a member of the society helps to conserve the historical site and school. Yearly membership is $12 per person, $20 per couple or $5 per student. Write checks payable to NHPS and mail them to  P.O. Box 391, Hanover, MN  55341.