Pine River: Cass County Fairgrounds expecting some use

Pine River Council had fewer items to discuss at the August 12 regular council meeting. Travis Grimler / Echo Journal

The Pine River City Council approved several requests to use the Cass County Fairgrounds on the north end of town during its regular meeting held Wednesday, Aug. 12.

With the Cass County Fair in Pine River was canceled and the Lakes Bluegrass Festival moved from the fairgrounds and then postponed for the year, the usual annual events aren't occurring at the fairgrounds this year; however, other events were proposed for council permission.

Proposals included Ruby's Pantry, a pop-up food shelf, and a Midway food wagon drive-thru event. The council agreed to allow these events, but also recommended those proposing them should speak to the fair board. The city owns the property, but council members would like to avoid scheduling conflicts.

In addition, businesses and community members in Pine River are organizing a fall festival for Saturday, Sept. 26, and requested permission to use the fairgrounds for events, such as hosting outdoor theater and live music. Organizers would also like to try to organize a “Punkin Chunkin” event, though that might be a tall order.

The council approved the request but recommended organizers speak to the fair board.


In other business Aug. 12, the council:

  • Declined taking responsibility for a larger share of parking lot paving in partnership with the Pine River Public Library.
  • Scheduled a budget workshop for 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25.
  • Approved a revolving loan for David Pater, new owner of the former Amarilla House, after Pater spoke to council members and alleviated concerns with future management of the property.
  • Directed Gavin Gensmer, who approached the city to ask about support for the local cemetery, to once again reach out to other area governments as well.

Travis Grimler may be reached at 218-855-5853 or Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter at

Travis Grimler began work at the Echo Journal Jan. 2 of 2013 while the publication was still split in two as the Pine River Journal and Lake Country Echo. He is a full time reporter/photographer/videographer for the paper and operates primarily out of the northern stretch of the coverage area (Hackensack to Jenkins).
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