Delano Fall Heritage Festival will take place Saturday

DELANO, MN – Come one, come all . . . the Fall Heritage Festival will take over downtown Delano Saturday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stop by to enjoy a bowl of chili, entertainment, live theater, numerous children’s activities, hay bale maze, and a pie-eating contest.
Leading up to the festival, enjoy a family-friendly medallion hunt. Starting Saturday, Sept. 17, a clue will be released each day by eight local businesses. So, keep your eyes peeled and be sure to collect them all. Each clue will help reveal the location of the medallion.
You could get your hands on a prize package valued at more than $500, if you’re lucky enough to find the medallion.
More details can be found at
Heritage Fest Scout Camp
The Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Girl Scouts are teaming up to create a fun experience for local youth, with games and activities for children of all ages during the festival.
The Scouts hope to create a glimpse, for non-Scouters, as to what happens inside the world of Scouting, including some camp activities and skills.
There will be lots of interesting Scout facts and fun skills. including a flag ceremony, knot tying, leather stamping, fire building, survival skills, water balloon long shot, Cub mobile race, Hula Hoops, painting activities, and much more.
The Scouts are also helping in this year’s Heritage Fest by setting up and cleaning up, and will be selling concessions to raise money for outings.
Many people may not realize, the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts were cut from the same cloth nearly 100 years ago. Although a bit of a fun rivalry has existed over the years at various events (local parade), they know that, together, they can create a better experience for local youth.
All three Scouting organizations are very active in the Delano area. Boy Scout Troop 273 of Delano just had three Eagle ranks achieved in the last few months. This is the highest rank in Boy Scouts, and achieved by less then 3 percent of those who join Scouting.
In the last few months, two girls have completed, and another is almost complete, achieving the highest award in Girl Scouts by doing their Gold Award projects, which require many hours of service.
Cub Scout Pack 273 has more than 75 registered Scouts who camp, enjoy nature, and serve the community by helping with the Delano parades and the Scouting for food drive.
For more information on local Scouting opportunities, go to or
Scout signup days:
Cub Scouts – Monday, Sept 12 at 7 p.m. at the Tiger Activity Center. Watch for signs to the classroom.
Girl Scouts – Monday, Sept. 19 at the middle school media center.
Boy Scouts (ages 11-16) – any Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the upstairs of the old library across from city hall.
Chili cook-off
The heat of the summer is over, students are back in school, and fall is just around the corner.
For some, it’s a time to reflect on the great summer vacations, weddings, graduation parties, and visits to the beach.
The fall season brings on the crisp, cool air; trips to local orchards, and harvesting all that was planted late in the spring.
It is also time for the Fall Heritage Festival. One of the highlights at this great fall event is the chili cook-off.
The chili cook-off begins at noon. The winner of the chili cook-off will receive $100 in Delano Dollars.
After the judging, the chili will be sold for $2 per bowl. All of the proceeds from the chili cook-off will be donated to a local non-profit organization.
To participate in the chili cook-off, contact Kim Larson at (763) 972-6756, or email her at
Last year, 13 cooks prepared their own tasty chili recipes to share at the event. It was a mixture of culinary creativity and grandma’s traditional recipes that were shared with the crowd.
Some of the recipes were super-spicy. Some were filled with fresh vegetables from the garden. Others were steaming bowls of chicken and white sauce.
“There is a little something for everyone. One of the most interesting chili concoctions came from a gentleman that had competed several times before. He prepared an awesome chili with a special relish to top his flavorful dish. You also have your choice of cheese, crackers, and sour cream to add to your chili selection, explained Adam Kleve, who helped organize the event last year.
Local celebrity pie-eating contest
No town celebration is complete without a pie-eating contest. Several local celebrities will face off again this year at the pie-eating contest at 3:30 p.m. The event will take place near the city hall in downtown Delano.
Those in the pie-eating contest will have just a few minutes to eat as much pie as possible.
Some contestants have very well-thought-out techniques. Others just dive right in. Hands, forks, and spoons are all off limits.
“I can remember thinking, ‘This will be so easy. I love banana crème pie.’ Just a few bites into the contest, I had whipped cream everywhere and the pie filling up my nose. I haven’t had a piece of banana crème since,” stated Adam Kleve, who participated in the pie-eating contest last year.
In previous years, local figures, such as the mayor, school principal, and Delano royalty, have participated in the contest.
It always makes a great photo opportunity. The crowd favorite will be named the 2011 Pie-Eating Champion.
Medallion hunt
The Delano Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a medallion hunt, with a prize package valued at more than $500. Participants may collect daily clues at the following locations:
Monday, Sept. 19 – Shock City/Verizon of Delano; Tuesday, Sept. 20 – My Body Shop Fitness; Wednesday, Sept. 21 – Delano Eye Clinic; Thursday, Sept. 22 – Bagy Jo Embroidery; Friday, Sept. 23 – Flower Farm by Otten Bros.; and Saturday, Sept. 24 – MacLean Law Office.
It’s not too late
If you would like to be a vendor in the downtown market, enter your favorite chili in the chili contest, or test your appetite in the pie-eating contest, contact the Delano Chamber of Commerce at,  or (763) 972-6756.

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