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Goodhue's annual Volksfest is the unofficial kick off to a summer full of festivals, fairs and fun. This year the fest falls Friday June 7 to Sunday June 9.

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"Volksfest is a welcome fest," said Larry Larsen, one of the event's original founding members.

Created in 1982 on the simple principle that somebody wanted to have a summer festival in Goodhue, Volksfest has survived a near extinction to a now booming comeback.

"It almost died in 1989 and then some of us saw to it that we got through that year," Larsen said.

The Commercial Club, known now as the Chamber of Commerce, took over the planning in the early 1990s, formed committees, added members and assigned duties, Larsen explained. The extra effort paid off and that's when Volksfest really took off.

Goodhue's centennial celebration in 1997 became a driving force to continue the festival and beef up their entertainment.

After years of organized preparation, famous country group The Statler Brothers headlined the centennial gala - launching Volksfest into a new level of excitement for country music lovers and festival goers.

Harold Reid, Phil Balsley, Jimmy Fortune and Don Reid of the the Statler Brothers began performing in 1964 as backup voices for Johnny Cash, continued on to create award-winning music including their first hit record "Flowers on the Wall" and even starred in their own television series "The Statler Brothers Show." The band has since retired from performing, but gave the small town community some big time entertainment.

Fast forward to this year's line-up of entertainment to see just how successful Volksfest has become - hear the popular Midwest country band Lost Highway to main act, superstar Trace Adkins.

The Goodhue Jaycees are responsible for festival entertainment and president Will Erikson couldn't be more excited for continuous growth in support.

"We started the national act (musicians) back 2011 with Sawyer Brown, in 2012 Craig Morgen," Erickson said. "In the past year we were away just maintaining."

They wanted to do something different, something bigger, he explained. "We stuck out necks out and just tried it."

Snagging Sawyer Brown for a main act then catapulted the enthusiasm for big name artists.

"It took a lot of hard work spreading the word about the concert and great community support to make sure that it wasn't a flop," Erickson adds. "Now that we have did a couple bigger shows it is easier for us."

"The Jaycees have done a great job," Larsen says, "and it doesn't happen by itself - it's a big deal." Larsen retired from the organization 20 years ago but says he is impressed by the festival's success.

Erickson hopes the show sells out and says he wants everyone to have an awesome time the small town street dance.

Music at this year's Volksfest includes Iron Horse Band playing modern country to classic rock followed by country band Lost Highway, Friday June 7.

Local band Whiskey and Wine plays Saturday June 8 along with musicians Old Dominion and headliner Trace Adkins.

Don't forget about all the sights, smells and sounds Volksfest offers - everything from a skid loader relay to a Belgian waffle feed.

Check out the list of activities below. For more information about Volksfest visit www.goodhuevolksfest.com.

At a glance ...

What: Goodhue's Volksfest

Event: Quilt Show

When: 4-10 p.m. Friday June 7

Where: Goodhue High School Gym 3

Cost: $5 button required, free for children ages five and under

Event: Miss Goodhue pageant

When: 7 p.m. Friday June 7

Where: Goodhue High School Gym 2

Cost: $5 button required, free for children ages five and under

Event: Street dance with music from Iron Horse and Lost Highway

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday June 7, 6:30 p.m. gates open

Where: Downtown Goodhue

Event: Udder Run

When: 9 a.m. Saturday June 8

Where: Behind Goodhue High School

Cost: $5 button required, free for children ages five and under

Event: Craft Show

When: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday June 8

Where: Lion's Community Center

Event: Community Carnival

When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday June 8

Where: Goodhue High School Gym 2

Event: Kiddie Parade

When: 10 a.m. Saturday June 8

Where: City Hall to the school

Event: Skid Loader Relay

When: 11 a.m. Saturday June 8

Where: Next to Goodhue Chiropractic

Cost: $5 button required, free for children ages five and under

Event: Bean Bag Tournament

When: 12:30 p.m. registration, 1 p.m. start, Saturday June 8

Where: Rosie Park

Cost: $10 per team

Event: Fireman's Raffle and Open House

When: Noon-3 p.m. Saturday June 8

Where: Fire Hall

Event: Bingo

When: 2 p.m. Saturday June 8

Where: Fire Hall

Event: Parade, Pedal Pull and Watermelon Feed

When: 5 p.m. parade followed by Pedal Pull and Watermelon Feed, Saturday June 8

Where: Second Avenue

Event: Street dance with bands Wine & Whisky and Old Dominion. Country singer Trace Adkins closes out the evening.

When: 6:30 p.m. music starts, 6 p.m. gates open, Saturday June 8

Where: Downtown Goodhue

Cost: $30 advance tickets for Trace Adkins, $40 at the gate

Event: Fireworks show

When: Dusk, Saturday June 8

Where: Rosie Park

Event: Worship Service

When: 9 a.m. Sunday June 9

Where: Goodhue High School Gym 2

Event: Lion's Motorcycle and Classic Car Ride

When: 9-10 a.m. Sunday June 9

Where: Goodhue Community Center

Event: Dad's Belgian Waffles

When: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday June 9

Where: Goodhue Community Center

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Stacy Bengs-Silverberg
Stacy Bengs has been a photojournalist at the Red Wing Republican Eagle since 2010. She holds a bachelors degree in journalism and art from the University of Minnesota.
(651) 301-7880
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