Alden is ready to celebrate

Published 9:29 am Thursday, June 14, 2012

Children dress up in patriotic outfits at Morin Lake Days in 2011. -- Photos courtesy Darcy Sime

ALDEN — Morin Lake Days in Alden this weekend will have a little something for all ages.

A marching band entertains crowds during Morin Lake Days in 2011.

The weekend kicks off Friday with a medallion hunt, with the first clue posted on the front door of City Hall at noon. Clues will be posted at noon and 6 p.m. each day until the medallion is found. If not found by 1 p.m. Sunday, the clues will be posted each hour until the medallion is found. The prize is $50.

A fishing contest will begin at 1 p.m. at Morin Lake sponsored by the Lion’s Club. Participants are asked to meet by the shelter at 1 p.m.

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Friday will also have a kiddie carnival, a tractor pull, a softball tournament, a home run hitting contest and a free family show at the Alden-Conger School gym, among other activities.

Saturday will start with coffee and treats at United Methodist Church and a pancake breakfast by the Legion.

Also in the morning is the annual Morin Lake Days fun run at 9 a.m. The race includes a 10K, three-mile run and a one-mile run or walk. All entrants receive a T-shirt. Registration and sign-in begins at 8 a.m. at Hemmingsen’s Transfer parking lot.

Throughout the day there will be canoe races and activities on the lake, softball and volleyball tournaments, a parade and then fireworks at dusk over Morin Lake.

Morin Lake Days will feature a fireworks show at dusk Saturday, like these from last year.

New this year will be inflatable obstacle courses and bouncers for children from 1 to 4 p.m.

The night will end with both a teen street dance and a street dance for adults ages 21 and over. Cost is $5 for the adult street dance.

On Sunday, there will be a special worship service by Morin Lake with a dove release. Softball tournaments will go through the day.

Throughout the weekend, the community museum will be open for self-guided tours. It is open from 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday and Monday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.


Schedule of events



Noon: Medallion hunt begins at City Hall.

1 to 3 p.m.: Lion’s Club fishing contest at Morin Lake.

1 to 4 p.m.: Community museum open for self-guided tours.

5 to 7:30 p.m. Scouts serving supper by the lake, $6.

5 to 7:30 p.m. Alden Legion Auxiliary kiddie carnival by the lake.

7 p.m.: Alden-Conger FFA kiddie tractor pull.

8:30 p.m.: Free family show at the Alden-Conger gym.

Evening: Sons of American Legion softball tournament or home run hitting contest.



All day: Softball tournaments and volleyball tournaments.

8 to 11 a.m.: Methodist Church Women serving coffee and treats.

8 to 11 a.m.: Legion pancake breakfast, $3.

9 a.m.: Morin Lake Days fun run, $15.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Community museum open for self-guided tours.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Home based business vendors in Alden-Conger gym.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Luncheon, $6.

1 to 5 p.m.: Inflatable fun by the lake.

2 to 4 p.m.: Canoe races and activities on the lake.

7 p.m.: Parade with pie and ice cream social to follow at Alden City Hall.

8:30 a.m. to midnight: Teen street dance on Water Street.

8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.: Alden American Legion street dance with the band Back Lash. $5 cover charge.

Dusk: Fireworks over Morin Lake.



9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Lion’s Club pancake breakfast. Donations accepted.

9:30 a.m.: Worship by the Morin Lake boat landing with dove release.

1 to 4 p.m.: Community museum open for self-guided tours.

All day: Softball tournament.