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Beaver Daze still a go in Beaver Crossing

Beaver Daze still a go in Beaver Crossing

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By: Jenn Schanz 

Dented fences, an empty pool, downed trees, and debris. It's what's left of Beaver Crossing Park, after a tornado hit the town on Mother's Day.

It's been the host of "Beaver Daze & Rib Fest," a summer tradition in town, for years. Residents are having to improvise now, but are determined to keep the celebration alive.

Instead of the park, the big party will be at the playground of the old school, on Aug. 2nd.

"In the past we've always done a softball tournament. There's no softball field so we can't do a softball tournament, so we will be doing a road rally," says Event Organizer Peggy Pankoke. 

And that's not the only event to look forward to; there'll be hot air balloon rides, a tractor pull, bounce houses, and plenty of food, including Rib Fest!

Residents will also get a tour of the town's changes since the storm.

"There will also be hay rack rides to just kind of see what's happening in town, see the new changes," Pankoke says. 

While the event is free to the public, there will be a charge for the food ($20 for Rib Fest), and Pankoke says the money raised will go toward restoring the park, so that maybe next year, "Beaver Daze" will be back home.

"I wouldn't wish a tornado on anyone, but if we use it to improve and reshape our town, I think it's going to make beaver better," Pankoke says. 

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