Ruthton’s July 4 celebration around the corner

Ruthton’s Buffalo Ridge Civic Organization (BRCO) is gearing up for the annual July 4th celebration on Sunday, July 3 through Monday, July 4. Festivities will kick off at 10 a.m with church in the park, with coffee and rolls available. Monday will feature the parade starting at 11 a.m., followed by a free will donation lunch in the park. The meal will include hamburgers and hot dogs grilled by the Pipestone County Cattlemen Association. Chips, cookies, condiments, water and all plates and utensils are being donated by the BRCO. Attendees are welcome to bring their own meals and picnic in the park as well, but there will be no community potluck. At 12:30 p.m. registration will open for the kiddie tractor pull, and the event will start at 1 p.m. Other activities taking place on Sunday include a car show, petting zoo, bingo, a sand money pit and bean bag tournament sponsored by Ruthton firemen.

Kelly Wiering, an organizer with the BRCO, said minor adjustments were made to Monday’s event start times, and that popular events were brought back this year.

“This is the second year of the tractor pull,” she said. “Last year that was new and it was really popular so we brought it back. The bean bag tournament starts at 1:30 p.m., that is a little earlier this year.”

Wiering also said that this is the second year that there will be no community potluck.

“We used to do a big potluck where everyone would bring dishes to pass and things like that,” she said. “Then COVID-19 happened and that went away for a couple years.”

Wiering said that the BRCO is always looking for more volunteers to help with the planning and execution of the celebratory events, which would help to make planning a little easier for things such as the potluck, and bringing new ideas to the celebration.

“We are always looking for new volunteers and new things to do,” she said. “We also encourage area businesses to sponsor events and get involved.”

Those interested in volunteering, even if they are not from Ruthton, should reach out to the BRCO on Facebook, or contact Kelli Wiering with questions at 507-829-8003.