We are proud to announce that CB’s October “Like-a-thon” recipient is the Hutchinson REACH program! Please like our facebook page during the month of October and we will donate $2 to the REACH program.
Agriculture is a vital part of the Hutchinson community, and each year we give thanks to all the farmers who work long hours to produce staple crops. It won’t be long before harvest season arrives and area farmers put in countless hours in the field. The growing season, weather, and a number of other factors influence the short window of opportunity farmers have to get crops safely harvested, transported, and stored before winter arrives.
Long hours in the fields mean farmers don’t always get the breaks they need, so the AgriBusiness Committee at the Hutchinson Chamber started a Farm Fatigue Bag program a few years ago. Citizens Bank and Trust is a proud sponsor of this program that assembles five gallon buckets full of bottled water, sandwiches and snacks, sunscreen and other helpful items aimed at helping farmers stay healthy and safe. Volunteers take turns driving out to the fields around Hutchinson and Glencoe, delivering 300 of these Farm Fatique packages directly to farmers. In many cases, volunteers walk the bucket out into the field to the farmer. This is a very well received program, with many sponsors and volunteers who work hard each fall to help our area farmers. If this is something you think you’d can help, contact the Hutchinson Chamber.
The 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!
On 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.
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!
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!
Buzz 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.
Pictured here are Tiger Captains: Jayden Juergensen, Tory Adams, Ryan Lenz, Jake VanderHeiden, and Jake Wendland.
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.
Have 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!