Kicking Off Summer! (PHOTOS)

Hettinger celebrates annual Street Fest

Though the wind came up shortly after the noon hour, the breeze didn’t blow anyone away from the fun festivities around Hettinger. Street Fest kicked off the summer season for the community, and there was something for everyone to enjoy.

A young boy gets stuck on the inflatable velcro wall at Street Fest. The inflatable games, which was only a portion of the day’s events, were set up on Main Street next to Centennial Square Park. (Photo by Cole Benz/The Record)
A young boy gets stuck on the inflatable velcro wall at Street Fest. The inflatable games, which was only a portion of the day’s events, were set up on Main Street next to Centennial Square Park. (Photo by Cole Benz/The Record)

By COLE BENZ
Record Editor

Though the wind came up shortly after the noon hour, the breeze didn’t blow anyone away from the fun festivities around Hettinger. Street Fest kicked off the summer season for the community, and there was something for everyone to enjoy.

Opening bright and early was the 20th Annual City Wide Rummage Sale. Residents opened their garages and set up tables in their lawns and drive ways, while others hunted for treasures big and small.

Thirty-eight sales were listed on the chamber’s rummage sale registry, with some sales starting Friday evening.

As the sales were winding down, the grill was just getting fired up.

The Close Up student group was serving burgers and brats for those who developed an appetite from all the rummage sale shopping. The food was served at the Centennial Square just outside of the Hettinger Area Chamber of Commerce Office. For a modest price, people could chose between a burger or a brat, with all the fixings, and get a drink and a bag of potato chips.

The Chamber will make a donation to the group for the efforts. The funds go towards the students’ annual trip to Washington, D.C.

For the kiddos, it was hard to resist the enticing play of the fun inflatable games laid out on Main Street. The Funflatables featured a castle obstacle course, a velcro wall, a giant slide, and a hot air balloon house.

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Hettinger Area Chamber Executive Secretary and Treasurer Earleen Friez said that moving the games from down at the end of Main Street, but up by the Centennial Square Park helped to draw the crowd closer to the action. She said it gave adults a place to sit and converse while the children ran and played on the giant games.

Just after 12 p.m., the laughter could be heard growing increasingly louder through the wind, presumably because the kids had just finished eating and were ready to burn off some energy hopping around the bounce games.

During the afternoon, a group of 4-H kids were parading around Main Street with some live animals. There were sheep, goats, and rabbits for the community to observe and interact.

The evening was capped off with a Corn Hole tournament, hosted by the American Legion.

When asked if there would be any changes to next year’s event, Friez said they always want to hear suggestions from the community. She said that if you had an idea on the event to just contact the chamber office on Main Street.