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For those who enjoy a good exercise to start off the morning, a 5K Walk-Run will be held, starting at 8:00 a.m. Shelly Bartow Kalmbach with Northern Plains Wellness Center has organized the 5-K walk/run. If you would like to sign up, email or facebook her at

After the run, it will be time to relax and watch the Burke County Parade. Grand Marshal, Mayor of Flaxton, Mary Bjergaard will lead the parade. Mandan rodeo queen will carry the flags.

The exhibition will begin at the south end of Flaxton on Main Street, with entries lining up at 9:00 a.m. and will proceed to the fairgrounds at 10:00 a.m.

The committee is asking businesses, organizations and individuals to help out by participating by constructing a float or bring an entry for the parade.
Call Michelle Redmer at 339-0065 or Terry Morgel at 926-3871. Prizes will be awarded. Kids, bring your bags, and get loads of candy!

At 11:00 a.m., Northwest Communications will be serving a free lunch for your convenience.

Grab those cowboys and cowgirls and head to the grandstand for some death defying bull riding! The Western Edge Riders will be following their circuit during this two hour show, giving the audience many thrills as they attempt to ride the stock provided by Abrahamson Rodeo.

Also the beer garden will be open from 12:00 noon to 10:00 p.m.

A favorite of the kids, the inflatables, will be set up by noon. Also an area has been designated for Miss Bows Messy Mania for small children to play at different stations, helping them with their sensory skills.

Another favorite game for the young and old alike is bingo. Several games of chance will be played with great prizes starting at 3:00 p.m.
Get your cars ready guys and gals for the enduro race at 5:00 p.m. Contact Terry Morgel at 926-3871 for more information and to register.

Again, Musik Worx will be the entertainment at a street dance in Flaxton beginning at 9:00 p.m. In case of bad weather, music will be held in the memorial hall.


The last day of the county fair is Sunday.
Bright and early, the 4-H Horse Show will begin at 9:00 a.m., followed by the 4-H Livestock Show. Purchasing an animal for these 4-Hers is a great investment in the future of the youth and the 4-H program. Consider this when you attend the show.

A church service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Everyone from every denomination is welcome to attend.

Enjoy the inflatables again in the afternoon and Miss Bows. At 1:30 p.m., pee wee livestock show will be fun for all to watch. Small children, 4-H cloverbuds and any other child who would like to participate is welcome.

They will be assisted by 4-Hers or leaders and will have the chance to lead a bottle-fed calf or pig around the arena or even hold and pet a rabbit. This is a fun way to get the small children involved in the 4-H program.

At 2:00 Sunday afternoon, you can try your luck one more time at bingo.
The 109 Club will have beverages for purchase from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.
The Ranch Rodeo begins at 3:00 p.m. with five events, four which will involve roping. Get your four-person team registered by calling Connie Howell at 240-4632. Registration is needed by June 17.

Enjoy a free supper sponsored and served by Renville and Powers Lake Elevators from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

A gun auction and raffle ticket winners will be announced at 5:00 p.m.
All exhibits can be released at 6:00 p.m. Sunday evening.

Your fair officers for this year are Dan Folske, serving as president; Layne Ankenbauer, vice president; and Terry Morgel, secretary/treasurer. The directors are Stan Anderson, Michael Matte, Connie Howell, Karley Burns, James Jorgenson and Tom Morgel.

Let them know how you feel about the events planned for this year’s celebration. They are always open to new ideas and people who want to become involved with the fair.

This is quite a line-up for the 100th year of Burke County Fair. Remember to come out and support the people who have worked so hard this year to bring you a fair that provides something for everyone to enjoy!



Finally, the episode of “This Old Camper” I’ve been looking forward to since I started on the remodel of the 1966 Aristocrat Lo-Liner my parents bequeathed us a few years back. The episode where the camper is moved from the spot in our yard that it was backed into five years ago, when we brought the little rascal home to whip it into camping shape.

I whip slow, but every episode has been a process of learning processes that only seemed to lead to yet another process of processes.
Now the time is drawing near, the time to make a reservation at a campground, drag the comforts of home out to the woods, and hob knob with campground folk.

Our sixteen-year-old son’s suspicion of our fun family camping intent has heightened since noticing the camper’s ceremonious move from the backyard to the driveway.

I fielded his first question, “Does that thing have an air conditioner?” by pointing out it had seven windows that are all in perfect working condition, and the air does change condition from being outside the camper air to inside the camper air when it passes through them. So yes, there is “air conditioning.”

When he asked, “Where do you plan on taking it?” he seemed to put a lot of emphasis on “you,” but, like any good dad, I’m quite adept at ignoring noise from my children that doesn’t fit into the family fun scheme. It’s for his own good.

Maybe for the first outing I’ll leave the camper hooked up to the pickup at the campground, then if he decides to make a break for the comforts of his electronics riddled room in the middle of the night at least we won’t have to call a cab.

This travel trailer has done a lot of traveling over the past 50 years.
It began its journey in California, where it was manufactured by the I.B. Perch Company. They sold five different models, and ours, the Lo-Liner, was called such, because it came with a set of small wheels that you could put on the camper so it would fit in your garage.

“Stores in your garage as an extra bedroom for guests, a quiet place to study for the student, a playroom for the children, or a comfortable office for the salesman.” Handy-dandy indeed.

Sadly the lo-liner wheels have disappeared over the past 50 years, but we have used it as a guest room from time-to-time, our daughter spent the better part of a summer sacked out in it as apparent preparation for her separation from the main house when she went to college, and I’ve used it as a man cave when man stuff needed to be pondered.

All of the owner registrations for the camper, since it was rolled off the lot, are in a drawer in the camper.

A couple in California was the first owner in 1966. It made a jump to Powers Lake, ND in the 70s, then to Minnesota, back to North Dakota in the 90s, and now South Dakota.

It’s been around, but it’s been well taken care of by all who have owned it, and we are quite pleased to have been next in line for the Lo-Liner.

I’ll keep you posted on the “Goin’ Campin’” episode of “This Old Camper.”
Tis’ the season.

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