Here it is, the 30th Annual Uff-Da Day in Rutland, coming up this Sunday, October 5. There has been some concern expressed about the weather, but, the old saying is, “The Sun always shines in Rutland, even when it’s raining!” and this year will be no exception. Rain or shine; warm, cold or comfortable; the show must go on! Uff-Da Day will begin with the 5th Annual Uff-Da Day 5k Run/Walk, commencing at the intersection of First and Cooper Streets (County #10 and #3) at 9:00 a.m. followed by the opening of the craft booths by 10:00 a.m. Demonstrations, food stands and dinner at the Rutland Town Hall are all scheduled to start at 11:00 a.m. At 1:00 p.m. the Uff-Da Day Parade will be stepping off at its assembly area on Dakota Street with the music of the Aberdeen Pipe & Drum Bagpipe Band filling the air, and the Kids Pedal Tractor Pull is scheduled to take place on Main Street right after the parade, at about 2:00 p.m. There will also be one of the best antique and classic car shows in the region, horse drawn wagon and buggy rides throughout the day, as well as inflatable games for the kids. Demonstrations of pioneer crafts will be going on throughout the day, including a demonstration of how to bake bread in a wood-fired cookstove by Maudie, the cook, in the Pioneer House on Main Street. Lefse Lena and the Rommegrot Queen will be on hand at the Senior’s Center to show folks how to create those Scandinavian staples the old-fashioned way, the way Grandma made them. Over in the Rutland Fire Hall, the Park Board will be serving up Uff-Da Tacos, something that Grandma and Grandpa never heard of, but which they would wish that they had. Visitors can pick up a free copy of the 2014 issue of The Rutland Leader that contains more information about Uff-Da Day activities and events, as well as local history. Uff-Da Day chairperson Lori McLaen invites everyone who enjoys good food, good friends and a good time to come on over to Rutland on Sunday, October 5, for Uff-Da Day XXX. Uff-Da Day XXXI is scheduled for the first Sunday in October, 2015.
Paul Anderson took in the annual “Grape Stomp” at Red Trail Vineyard and Winery in Buffalo ND on Saturday, September 27. Paul is a past president of the North Dakota Grape & Wine Association, and is currently serving as secretary of that organization. The Association has been working to develop winter-hardy grape varieties, and to establish grape and wine production as a viable part of North Dakota’s agricultural economy. Prairiewood Winery of Elliot ND will be hosting a wine-tasting event featuring several varieties of wines produced from grapes grown at that enterprise’s Ransom County vineyard on the porch at The Old Parsonage on Uff-Da Day, Sunday, October 5.
Two of Rutland’s stalwarts, Dick Anderson and Andy Hoflen, have been patients in different hospitals together this week. Dick went to St. Francis Hospital in Breckenridge on Thursday, September 25, complaining of shortness of breath and a rapid heartbeat. The diagnosis was pneumonia, and Dick was transferred to Essentia Hospital in Fargo on Saturday. He reported on Monday that he was much improved, but that he would remain in the Hospital for a while, until the last vestiges of the pneumonia were knocked out. Andy was taken to the Oakes Hospital on Thursday morning, September 25, with severe abdominal pain. His condition was diagnosed at Oakes, and he was immediately transferred to Sanford Hospital in Fargo for surgery. Andy expects to be in the Hospital for several more days, although his doctors have informed him that his recovery is already well ahead of schedule. Dick’s and Andy’s many friends here wish them both a speedy recovery, and a quick return home. Read More