In July of 2004, I took a photo of NDDC‘s Ross Currier eating Quality Bakery’s Alaskan donut at the start of Northfield’s Crazy Daze. Many interventions have been attempted over the years to break him of this habit, to no avail. Yesterday morning, I once again chronicled the sad debacle of a once proud man, powerless in the face of a particular combination of flour and sugar.
At 5:55 am, Krin Finger and her main squeeze, Dale Finger, were taking time off from their duties as proprietors of the Rare Pair and the Quarterback Club, and put on their hats as Northfield City Street Department workers to set up barricades on Division St. for Crazy Daze and Taste of Northfield (Northfield.org blog post) today.
Ross Currier’s NDDC blog has the announcement about Crazy Daze today: Alaskan Doughnuts…er…uh…Crazy Daze, this Thursday!
But, yes, this Thursday (July 28th) is Crazy Daze in downtown Northfield. Starting at 8 a.m. with activities until 8 p.m., it’s a whole lot of fun brought to you by the Retail Committee of the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce.
This year’s events include a Watermelon Seed Spittting Contest, 11:00 a.m., Just Food; Bean Bag Toss, 1:30 p.m., Fine Threads; Hula Hoop Contest, 2:00 p.m., Rare Pair; and Classic Cars, 5 p.m., on Division Street between 5th and 6th Streets.
The Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce (the main sponsor of Crazy Daze) lists the event on its community calendar page but with this feeble, generic paragraph:
Don’t miss this crazy shopping spree in downtown Northfield every July. Fantastic bargains are provided by local retailers. Call for details and times for special events taking place all day! (507) 645 5604 or (800) 658 2548.
The featured event page on the Chamber’s Convention and Bureau’s site is even more cryptic:
Don’t miss this crazy shopping spree in downtown Northfield every July. Fantastic bargains are provided by local retailers.
Last year, the Chamber had a Crazy Daze poster/flyer. Was there one this year? I’ve not seen it in store windows, but maybe I’ve just missed it.
Something has failed.
A team of realtors from Coldwell Banker South Metro has set up a hugging tent on Division St. to raise money for the Food Shelf at the Community Action Center during today’s Craze Daze. For every passerby who gets (in my case, “reluctantly consents to”) a hug from a team member, they put one of their own dollars (raised from staff contributions this week) into the food shelf fundraising jar. Of course, you can put your dollars in the jar, too.
When I stopped by at 8:15, Jim Blaha, Executive Director of the Northfield Community Action Center, was their poster child. Hug dispensers included (left photo, L to R, Ed Kuhlman, Larry Defries, Jeanette Nelson, Arlen Malecha.
The scene on Division St at 6:30 this morning was rather bleak. The radar doesn’t offer much encouragement, nor does Paul Douglas’ forecast.
But fortunately, KYMN’s Tim Freeland picked it up and went all the way for the score.
See his Crazy Daze 2009 blog post which contains his album of 38 photos.
Ross’ post to his NDDC blog about tomorrow’s Crazy Daze reminded me to put up some slideshows from previous events. Crazy Daze 2003 was one of only 4 community events that year that I took photos at. The poor quality of the photos and lack of cropping is painful for me to revisit but by Crazy Daze 2004, I was improving and took a memorable photos of Ross and his monster Alaskan donut from Quality Bakery. Crazy Daze 2005 was better yet. I missed 06 and 07. See Crazy Daze 2008, the large slideshow, or this small slideshow: