2017 Wild Rice Festival The annual Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe’s Wild Rice Festival pow wow is one of the first events on the Friday of this event’s weekend of activities in Deer River. Dancers of all ages participate in this event. This year there were 151 registered dancers. Photo by Louise H. McGregor Youngsters from age 3 to 11 were able to participate in the Lions Sawdust Scramble to look for coins. This was a free event. Here, Oliver Erickson shows off the coins that he found. Photo by Louise H. McGregor It took them a while to find a spot for the annual Deer River Wild Rice Kiddy Tractor Pull, but that was finally accomplished. There were three youngsters in the four-year-old group, Otto Hawk, standing in the back to the left, Ellie Chandler and Karson Kildder. They had to do a three-round pull-off, with the last pull being 90 pounds. Chandler won first place as her pull was 20.3. With her in the photo is Lions Club member Nathan Erickson, on the left, and Brien Smeltzer, who brings the tractor pull event to Deer River. Photo by Louise H. McGregor The Deer River Wild Rice Festival weekend ended on July 9 with the free country music concert presented by the White Oak Casino. This year’s performer, in the forefront, was Lee Roy Parnell. Photo by Louise H. McGregor Military veterans got handshakes and hugs during the tribute to them during the annual Wild Rice Festival Amateur Music Competition on July 8. Photo by Louise H. McGregor “The Great Outdoors” band provided musical entertainment in Deer River on July 8 and 9 for the dance on Friday night and they accompanied the contestants for the music competition on Saturday. Photo by Louise H. McGregor The Deer River Sportsman’s Club turtle feed that is held at the Deer River Vet’s Club is one of the first events of the Deer River Lions Club Wild Rice Festival weekend of festivities. It was held on July 7. Volunteers helping out at this event included, from the left, Bill Schaefer, John Tornes, Jim Gorden, Jim Peterson, Verl McCarty, Felix Ikola Jr., Art Frandsen, John O’Brien, Clarence Hart and Doug Widen. Photo by Louise H. McGregor The Woodland Bank’s float that was in the July 9 Deer River Wild Rice Festival parade could be seen from quite a distance away as it approached spectators. Photo by Louise H. McGregor The winners of the 6th Annual Wild Rice Festival Amateur Music Competition on July 8 were Shyanne Kaml/1st place, Axel Ellis/2nd place and Shelly Wilke/3rd place. Standing with the winners is Jane Smock, one of the hosts for the event. Photo by Louise H. McGregor The older youngsters enjoyed some of the rides that moved a bit faster and had some of them making a bit more noise during the two bracelet days on the midway at the Deer River Wild Rice Festival. Photo by Louise H. McGregor Youngsters enjoyed getting on several different rides when they were able to participate in the two bracelet days on the midway during the Deer River Lions Club Wild Rice Festival. Photo by Louise H. McGregor The Deer River Wild Rice Festival’s 2017 Flea Market was held on First Street NE between Second Avenue NE and First Avenue NE and on First Avenue between Division Street and First Avenue NE. Photo by Louise H. McGregor The White Oak Casino had one of the few floats that took part in the July 9 Deer River Wild Rice Festival parade. And they, like many of the other participants, shared candy with the spectators. Photo by Louise H. McGregor The Dweebs come to the stage with a burst of energy and spread that feeling with the audience during their performance at the Deer River Wild Rice Festival on July 8. Photo by Louise H. McGregor Area residents that attend The Dweebs concerts enjoy their use of audience members in their stage performances. This is one of the groups from the audience that was called on stage to join the group during the Wild Rice Festival. Photo by Louise H. McGregor The detour for the U.S. Highway 2 project in Deer River made it necessary to move a few of the events for the Deer River Annual Wild Rice Festival and the Deer River Police Department’s Annual Bike Rodeo was one that was moved. It was held on the old Cenex Convenience Store’s parking lot this year. Photo by Louise H. McGregor Attendees at the free July 9 concert at the Deer River Wild Rice Festival enjoyed the musical entertainment provided by Lee Roy Parnell, and they asked him for an encore, which he granted them. Photo by Louise H. McGregor There were a good number of rescue and emergency rigs in the 2017 Deer River Wild Rice parade on July 9. The towns of Bigfork, Squaw Lake, Cohasset and Grand Rapids were represented by various emergency vehicles. Photo by Louise H. McGregor Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.