Tricounty News

Antique Car Run coming to Kingston

The 27th Annual New London to New Brighton Antique Car Run is taking shape to again be a premiere veteran car touring event in Minnesota. The Antique Car Run is Saturday, Aug. 10, with pre-tours in the New London area Aug. 7-9.

You are invited to join the Kingston community for a pork sandwich and sweet corn dinner from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday. Wally Pikal (& his trumpets) is the special guest.

Spectators will see 60+ veteran cars from 1908 and earlier and one- and two-cylinder cars through 1915. They will tour more than 120 miles, recreating the prestigious London to Brighton Commemorative Run held annually in England.

Cars and drivers will come from across the United States. They will gather in the little town of New London for early touring Wednesday through Friday,
Aug. 7-9, before the Grand Tour Saturday, Aug. 10.

The Grand Tour starts at
7 a.m. with the oldest and slowest cars departing first from Peace Lutheran Church in New London. They will make stops in Grove City, Litchfield, Kingston, Buffalo, and Crystal along their prepared route. Cars will begin arriving at the Long Lake Regional Park in New Brighton no sooner than 3 p.m. and will continue to come under the finish line banner until around 6:30 p.m. The finish line is part of the city’s Stockyard Days.

Don’t miss an opportunity to see these brass-era cars making their run through beautiful Minnesota Aug. 10 at the New London-New Brighton Run. For more information, contact Judy Goepel, (651) 636-7777, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . As further information becomes available, it will be posted at

Award-winning talent at Minnesota Bluegrass Festival

The Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival has been nominated three times as Event of the Year (2005, 2007, 2010) by the International Bluegrass Music W-Junior-Sisk--Ramblers-ChoiceAssociation (IBMA) in Nashville. It is no surprise then that the 2013 MBOTMA Festival will feature the IBMA Entertainers of the Year; The Gibson Brothers. Other award-winning acts on the 2013 line-up include Darin & Brooke Aldridge (Emerging Artist nominees), Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice (Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Male Vocalist nominee), The Claire Lynch Band (Female Vocalist of the Year 1997 & 2010), and Bigfoot (Appalachian Stringband Festival Traditional Old-Time Band Champions). Fourteen more acts on the main stage and another 10 groups on various other stages completes this award-winning line-up for this annual music and camping festival at El Rancho Mañana in Stearns County Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 8 through 11.

When it comes to sustainability and stability, a career in music isn’t the first thing that comes to mind for Eric and Leigh Gibson. But despite being from New York and geographically removed from the genre’s Appalachian roots, they have made a name for themselves in bluegrass music over the past two decades, playing more than 80 shows and festivals a year. They have gradually built a deeply dedicated, nationwide fan base with their spellbinding harmony singing, which can reach the high lonesome notes of Bill and Charlie Monroe, and capture the tenderness of pop/country crooners The Everly Brothers.


Kimball Days are Aug. 9-11

The 32nd annual Kimball Days will be held at various locations in Kimball, and events are sponsored by a number of organizations.

Here is a list of activities scheduled during Kimball Days.

The Kimball Area Historical Society’s exhibit in City Hall is “Main Street Memories,” open 4-8 p.m. Friday, 9-4 Saturday, and 9-3 Sunday.

Friday, Aug. 9

5-8 p.m. Supper in the Park

6-9 p.m. Food stand at ball field

7 p.m. Softball tournament

7 p.m. Little Miss Kimball parade from KES to KAHS

7:30 p.m. Little Miss Kimball coronation at KAHS

9 p.m.-1 a.m. Karaoke at Main Street Pub


Kraut ’N Wurst is Aug. 2-3

Kraut ’N Wurst is again sponsored by the Watkins Fire Department which this year celebrates its 100th anniversary. Let’s all make this year’s festival the biggest and best ever! Unless noted otherwise, events are in or near McCarthy Park in Watkins.

Here is a list of activities scheduled during the Kraut ’N Wurst festival in Watkins:

Friday, Aug. 2

• Beer and hamburger stand is open from 7-10 p.m.

• Little Miss Watkins Pageant is at 7:30 p.m.

• Cow Drop is at 9 p.m.


Dozens enjoy 'free' swim in Watkins

Watkins mayor Dennis Loch (inside the basket “cage”) sponsored a free swim afternoon at the Watkins Pool Sunday, July 28. More than 60 W-DSCF0966-croppedindividuals enjoyed the refreshing afternoon, and treats too. Another free swim is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 23, followed by a teen swim. Only a few weeks left of swimming season at the pool. For the latest pool info., call 764-SWIM. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.