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Godahl Days celebrates big in a small town

September 4, 2012
By Josh Moniz - Staff Writer ( , The Journal

NEW ULM - Surrounded by large farm fields in all directions, the small town of Godahl still made a big show Monday for their annual Labor Days celebration with the 57th Godahl Days.

The event drew approximately 500 people for the activities, which range from baseball to ongoing bingo games to live music on the stage. The event also works as a fundraiser for maintain the Godahl Park and the community baseball field. The event brings in an average of $15,000 each year.

Godahl Recreation board member John Schmidt said the great weather allowed for a solid turnout on Monday. He said that everybody from the region regularly attends the event to help pitch in to help support local assets like the park and the historic Godahl Store co-op store. The co-op itself is a historic landmark, which was originally founded in 1894. Schmidt said the store was significant to area residents, both for its convenience in compared to other stores much further away and for its rich history.

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Fans dance to the music of Wally Pikal at the Godahl Labor Day celebration Monday in Godahl.

Among the events many fundraising venues, there was the "Messy Bessy" event, which involved a cow pended in a pen that had the grass spray painted into a grid. Participants could buy one of the 100 grid squares for $20. When the cow eventually made its business, the person that bought the associated square was deemed the winner. The winner got half of all the money put into the game, with the other half going towards the park.

Schmidt said the game was popular and good venue for generating funds for the park at the event. He said food stands were also strong sources of fundraising.

The event also featured six musical performances from regional acts and a music performance by talented Godahl girls. A parade was also held during the events. Baseball and softball games were held throughout the day.

Total revenues for Monday were not available by the time of publication, but they are anticipated to remain in the usual $15,000 range.

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