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The 38th Annual Hutchinson Arts and Crafts Festival

citizens bank, arts and crafts in hutchinson mnThe Annual Hutchinson Arts and Crafts Festival is one of Hutchinson’s most anticipated annual events. This is the 38th year of the festival, and this year will feature over 170 artisan booths. You can look forward to roomier booths and more display space, as each booth will be 12×12 feet, an increase from 10×10 foot booths of the past.

This year’s featured artist is Ellen Starr, an artist who now calls Hutchinson her home. She is a diverse artist working in many different mediums. As Ellen states on her Etsy site, her “passion is to create works of art that inspire others with a sense of awe and reverence.” Ellen is a cancer survivor and uses her art as a therapeutic tool. Her presence at the Arts and Craft Festival this year will be a wonderful addition.

You can count on a delicious array of food at the Taste of Hutchinson, including many crowd favorites! New this year will be corn on the cob! The entire festival is free to attend and begins on Friday, September, 13th at 10am until 6pm, and again on Saturday, September 14th from 9am until 4pm.

What’s New This Year?

New this year, the Hutchinson Center for the Arts will be open during the same time as the Arts and Crafts Festival. It is free!

Also, the South Fork Film Festival will be showing the Alfred Hitchcock classic, “The Birds” at the Masonic West River Park. The film will start at the conclusion of the High School football game, and will also be free.

The Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce is excited about these additions to the weekend, and hopes you’ll invite friends to enjoy the festivities with you. The weekend is expected to bring up to 12,000 visitors to Hutchinson. Please join us in welcoming everyone to Hutchinson!

 


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Get to Know Equul Access of Hutchinson

Business after hoursOn Wednesday, September 11th the Hutchinson Chamber Business After Hours will be hosted by Equul Access of Hutchinson, MN from 4-7pm. Equul Access is a non-profit offering therapeutic equine assisted activities for individuals with special needs, including adults and children. They also offer some unique leadership and team building services for area businesses, and look forward to sharing more about what they do at the Business After Hours. This event is free and open to all Chamber members and their employee’s, but an RSVP to the Hutchinson Chamber is required.

Equul Access is also hosting their annual fundraising event on Saturday, September 7th, and the public is encouraged to attend. The funds raised help to support the work they do and the equine assisted activities and services they provide to our community. Click here for more information about the fundraiser.

We sincerely hope you are able to visit Equul Access and learn more about what they do at one of these upcoming events.

 


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Mini Donuts Anyone?

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Have you been out to the McLeod County Fair yet?  The annual Fair kicked off this Wednesday, August 14th and runs through Sunday, August 18th.  Buzz and handfuls of Citizens Bank Employees have been there to help!  Thank you to Renee, Sheri, Connie, Bonnie, Tim, Robin, Jeff, Deb, Anthony, Jessi, Nancy, and many more who have been selling tickets, managing the “bank”, serving beverages, and many other tasks to make this even successful each year!  The Fair offers lots of attractions including: carnival rides, fair food, live animal barns, 4-H projects and judging, commercial building vendors, Autocross, Demo Derby, Live Music, and lots of people! For more information, visit the Fair website, or join us tonight until Midnight at the Fairgrounds in Hutchinson!


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Irv Burich Environmental Center

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Today, Buzz is busy buzzing around one of the most popular summer spots for children to beg their parents to take them to visit….the Sanctuary!  Young and old alike often bring down bread or crumbs, items to “feed the ducks” for minutes or maybe even hours.  The open-air Sanctuary is host to many different kinds of animals: goose, ducklings, deer, and more.  The maintenance of this centrally-located Environmental Center was so crucial, that the Burich family decided to put their name on it!  On this gorgeous afternoon, Buzz the Bee decided to head down and take a visit!


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Where is Buzz now?

Football captains 2013Buzz the Bee has been busy buzzing (say that 10 times fast!) around Hutchinson supporting local sports teams!  Most recently, we donated financially in addition to some supplies to support the 2013 Hutchinson Tiger Football Team!  Can you believe Captains’ practice is starting for Fall Sports already?  The Tigers look to defend their perfect season (13-0) and their STATE CHAMPIONS Title from last season. 
GO TIGERS!

Pictured here are Tiger Captains: Jayden Juergensen, Tory Adams, Ryan Lenz, Jake VanderHeiden, and Jake Wendland.


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MN Pottery Festival

The Second Annual Minnesota Pottery Festival was hosted this past weekend by Clay Coyote of Hutchinson and our President, Tim Ulrich, was on board to help as one of the board members.  The festival, hosted outdoors, included events such as the Potter’s Olympics and a Kids Tent.  They featured demonstrations of Raku, Handbuilding, and Throwing.  Over 20 Potters were in attedance including featured potter Mary Jo Schmith. To learn more about their festival, visit MN Pottery Festival.

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Where is “Spaulding”?

IMG_20130718_160450Have you met Spaulding?  “Spaulding” is the cute, new, little puppy that lives in Library Square!  He is a durable sculpture that can withstand any type of weather conditions.  He loves attention, especially if it involves children petting him and riding on his back!  Spaulding, made of bronze and limestone, was created by artist Heidi Hoy of St. Bonifacius, MN.  Spaulding is part of the 2013 Sculpture Stroll presented by the City of Hutchinson Public Arts Commission. 

There are six sculptures currently on display:

Percussion II – West River Park
Spaulding – Library Square
Slow Dancing – NE corner of Main and 1st Ave
The Plunge – North end of pedestrial bridge west of Adams St
Cosmic Story – Riverside Park
Observance- Hassan St SE near City Hall

These original world-class sculptures by regional artists will be on display for one year.  The sculptures are owned by the artist and loaned to the exhibit.  Stop by our main bank lobby to pick up a brochure prepared by Hutchinson Public Arts Commission.

Also, Check out the Hutchinson Sculpture Stroll on Facebook!


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RiverSong…sit back and enjoy!

We thought we’d share this quick picture with you!  Buzz was given his own honorary Director chair as part of the RiverSong Music Festival!  It certainly looks like he’s enjoying the evening outdoors. Buzz sitting in chair at RiverSong


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Chad Greenway “Day to REACH”

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We recently sponsored the Chad Greenway “Day to REACH” 2-day camp which hosted close to 300 kids in Hutchinson. The HS campus was completely occupied by a sea of purple with the theme of this year’s camp “One HEARTBEAT”!

Chad Harlander, Director of the REACH program at HHS lists the following sessions that were offered to the kids:

• in the HS auditorium sessions on Nutrition and Character

• in the Multi-purpose room sessions on speed and agility

• in the HS weight room sessions on Team building and Strength

• Tennis courts sessions led by the National Guard

• SR Knutson field offensive and defensive football fundamentals

• 2 practice fields- razzle dazzle

Chad further stated, “Thank you to all of those who help to sponsor the event, believing in our mission of providing a positive learning experience for young people to become better athletes but more importantly become the best person they can be!”


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Zumbathon for Relay for Life

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On Saturday, June 29th from 9-11am, the McLeod County Fairgrounds will come alive with energetic dance music and laughter. The Relay for Life team “From Penny’s to Dollars” is organizing a Zumbathon to help raise money for the American Cancer Society. For two straight hours, participants will be led by a certified Zumba instructor through a series of fun dance routines under the outdoor Pavilion.

“For our Relay for Life team, this is our first Zumbathon,” says organizer Beth Todd. “We have been raising funds for the American Cancer Society for nine years now, and our team does many fundraisers. Each year we strive to try new and exciting ways to raise money.”

While the Zumbathon is certainly a creative way to raise money, many people are excited for the event. With gift bags for the first 50 ticket holders, water donated by Tri-County Water, and an extended forecast that is exemplary, the Zumbathon has one additional benefit; participants can expect to burn between 800-1,000 calories per hour! Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the event. You can get more information and find friends who are planning to attend the Zumbathon, by visiting the Zumbathon Event on Facebook.

 


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