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By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Ma & Pa Kettle Days

Kettle River hosts activities and events galore August 8-11


August 8, 2019

Dan Lingle

Trucks and kids have fun at the Mud Bog event in 2018.

New events have been added to a full weekend of fun during Ma and Pa Kettle Days in Kettle River, August 8-11. Events making their debut this year include bingo, a barbeque cook-off, "Paint and Taste," a Cornhole Tournament, and classic vehicle showing.

The Nummela families will be honored as the founding family. According to information furnished by the Ma and Pa Kettle Days committee, "the Nummela families have been active for 35 years in many areas of Ma and Pa Kettle Days and have helped to make it a continued success. In the early years, Melvin and Barb Nummela started the family tradition with the Kids Games at the festival."

The fun starts on Thursday, August 8, with the Miss Kettle River and Junior Miss Kettle River pageant at 7 p.m. in the Veterans Building. Ma and Pa Kettle Gary and Judy Marsyla, Grand Marshal Marcia Sarvela, and Miss Pot Creek Frank T. Bones will be recognized during the pageant.

After the pageant, listen to the music of Eddie and Amber and the Guys under the Big Top.

The fun continues on Friday, August 9, with set up starting at noon for vendors and demonstrators. A beer garden will be held by the Tower Tap.

At 5 p.m., the Kettle River Firefighters from the Relief Association will be holding their steak fry at the city hall/fire department. Get there early as steaks are limited.

Bingo starts at 7 p.m. in the Veterans Building, sponsored by Northern Pine Riders.

Music under the Big Top features Silver Streak from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Saturday, August 10, is the big day, starting out with a Bloody "Ma"ry Bar at the Tower Tap and a "Pa"ncake Breakfast at the city hall from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., sponsored by Hope Lutheran Church.

People are asked to bring their classic cars, pickups, tractors, or any other vehicle and put them on display by the water tower for others to see. There will be no competition, just a chance to show off the restorations.

The arts, crafts, and demonstration vendors will start setting up at 8 a.m.

Federated Coops will be furnishing ribs and chicken to each contestant for the barbeque cook-off that have signed up. The meat will be passed out to the teams, starting at 6:30 a.m. The event concludes at 2 p.m., with awards at 3 p.m.

At 9 a.m. the parade line-up begins at the ballfield on County Road 12, and registration begins for the Mud Bog, hosted by the Rut Riders Truck Club.

A food drive for the Moose Lake Food Shelf begins at 10 a.m. The offenders from the Moose Lake prison have made bowls that people can purchase for a donation to raise funds for the food shelf.

A blood drive by the Northern Minnesota Red Cross has been canceled but the Red Cross will be a vendor, handing out information, it was explained.

The Ma and Pa Kettle Days parade begins at 11 a.m. down the main street. That parade always brings the crowds. See Grand Marshal Marcia Sarvela; Ma and Pa Kettle Gary and Judy Marsyla, and Miss Pot Creek, Frank T. Bones as well as the new Miss Kettle River and Junior Miss Kettle River.

A Cornhole Tournament starts at noon at the Tower Tap. There is a $20 registration fee.

At 1 p.m., more fun begins with the Mud Bog, Kids Treasure Hunt sponsored by the West Side Church, and Paint and Taste in the senior center sponsored by The Five Sisters and Fellerer Creations. Participants must pre-register at or call 218-310-8036. Walk-ins are welcome.

During the Mud Bog, the kids can participate in a Dash for Cash. Twenty dollar bills are enclosed in plastic bags and buried in the mud. They must dash into the mud and find the bags.

During the Kids Treasure Hunt, they will get a bingo card and go to the different vendors to get a punch on their cards. At the end of the day, the kids can bring their cards back and get a prize. The event is sponsored by the Westside Church.

Learn how the area recovered after the devastating Fires of 1918 in the program, "Ashes to Hope," written by local historian Dan Reed, at the Veterans Building at 1 p.m. Music by the Kumma Sampo Brass Band starts at 12:30 p.m., directed by Tracey Gibbens. The Veterans Building will be air conditioned this year, it was said.

Music under the Big Top will be provided by Mostly Cash from 3 to 6 p.m.

Dan Lingle

Ma & Pa Kettle greet the crowds during the 2017 parade.

At 6:30 p.m., take part in the Battle of the Flags. People have purchased either Polish Flags or Finnish Flags and will have a shouting competition behind the Veterans Building to see who is the loudest. This battle first debuted last year and was quite popular.

The raffle drawing will be held after the Battle of the Flags.

Music under the Big Top will be provided by Farmers Daughters from 8 p.m. to midnight.

The fireworks begin after dark. Sponsors are Jeff Dotseth and Associates Realty and Peura Contracting, Inc.

The weekend concludes on Sunday with church services at 9 a.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 10 a.m. at Westside Church, and 10:30 a.m. at Apostolic Lutheran Church.

A Battle of the Bars, with the Tower Tap versus Denham Run, begins at noon at the Tower Tap.


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