Porter Harvest Festival 2000


Hauling in the New Millennium

Porter Harvest Festival 2000 celebrated and marveled the great accomplishments of a small community. This was the year of great publicity from USA Today, Star Tribune, Marshall Independent, Canby News and many other local and national news papers, not to mention visits from FOX Sports, ESPN, WCCO, KARE 11, KSTP and many other TV stations, magazines and National Headline Reports. What was all the talk about? The larger than real, fully functional Steam Locomotive and coal car (operated on electricity) that was built entirely in Porter by SMI and Hydraulics INC. for Enron Field in Houston, TX, home of the Astros. The same stadium that SMI built a retractable roof system for in the past.

Thanks to this and many other accomplishments in our small community in 2000 the Porter Harvest Festival Committee found it only fitting celebrate Porter's "Hauling in the New Millennium" as it was the trains that first brought settlers to Porter in the late 1800's and now once again a train, in a town no longer having a railroad, making the community famous once again.

The celebrations kicked off Friday, August 18 with a burger feed to benefit the Porter Development project, now in it's 12th year and still running strong. The community then honored the Nation to which we belong with the raising of the Flag in James A. Schoneman Memorial Park, followed by the singing of the "Star Spangled Banner" by local talent, Stacey Knutson. The Civil War Battle, North vs. South Softball Game then Began, with the North winning. The night was capped off by the Annual Fireman's Dance at the Porter Community Hall.

Saturday arrived bright and early with the 12 teem double-elimination Softball tournament beginning. The Flea Market and Craft Show also took place Saturday morning drawing numerous vendors from a 100 mile radius and shoppers from as far as Toronto, Canada. The Second Annual Commodity contest was also held with an astonishing number of entries. For the kids there was a Kiddy Tractor Pull and many kids' games sponsored by the Harvest Festival Committee. During Saturday afternoon a Whopper Feed was held, and the committee proudly donated all of its proceeds to the Granite Falls, Minnesota Tornado Disaster Relief Fund, with all proceeds being matched by AAL Branch 9960 of Porter's Bethel Lutheran Church. The Sweetheart, the renown singing sensations from Canby High School also performed their final performance at James A. Shoneman Memorial Park from 5 to 6. Entertainment was held in the Porter Community Hall featuring Granny, a entertainer from Pipestone who has been on tours with such names as Jim Nabors. Granny spent the Evening entertaining us with hometown comedy, filled with scripts of Porter and it's citizen's, especially leaders and business owners. The night was capped off with a street dance sponsored by Cut Loose Lounge.

Sunday started bright and early with the softball tournament finals, which ended late afternoon with the Countryside Auto team winning. A Sunday Brunch was held at Arlene's Cafe, with an Ice Cream Social in the afternoon to satisfy all the hungry appetites. The Annual Tractor Pull was also held on Sunday with the largest turnout of pullers and fans in over 5 years.

Overall the Harvest Festival Committee was very satisfied with the results of the 2001 Harvest Festival, and hope that the Success in the past two years will continue to grow in the future. We have Hauled in the New Millennium and now look at its future as room for growth and improvements.

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