Fall Festival to stir up Pine River on Saturday


The first Pine River Fall Festival is right around the corner with activities spread throughout the city Saturday, Sept. 26.

The event will be outdoors featuring sanitation stations with hand sanitizer, masks, maps of the events and other items at 12 locations throughout the city. Following is a schedule of events:

  • 8 a.m.: Yoga at the Dam Park.
  • 8 a.m.-3 p.m.: Pine River Dental Arts staff rummage sale.
  • 8-11 a.m.: Pine River American Legion omelet breakfast.
  • 9 a.m.: 5K at the Pine River-Backus School track and field.
  • 9 a.m.-1 p.m.: Paws and Claws microchip and nail trim clinic.
  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Old-time photos at the Depot, sponsored by Heritage Group North.
  • 10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Shear Grace one finger manicure for kids.
  • 10 a.m.-noon: Traditional native storytellers in The Warehouse parking lot.
  • 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Artisan and commercial vendors in town.
  • 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Games for kids in The Warehouse parking lot.
  • 11 a.m.: Pony rides, sloppy Joes, cotton candy at Faith Assembly of God Church.
  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Food trucks by the dam.
  • Noon: Live music by the dam.
  • Noon-2 p.m.: Fire truck rides at the Pine River Fire Hall.
  • Noon-5 p.m.: Horse-drawn hayrides starting at the Cass County Fairgrounds.
  • 6-7 p.m.: Biodegradable lanterns of hope to be released at the dam.
  • 7:30 p.m.: Drive-in-movie, "Tall Tales," at Pine River-Backus School.

Events sponsored by the school could be subject to cancellation if COVID-19 infection rates in the county rise above a certain threshold.

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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