Photo by Chad Koenen
A new demo derby pit will help to kick off the annual OtterFest celebration on Friday night in Ottertail.

By Stella Strong


Looking for something to do this August? Look no further than OtterFest, which will kick off on Friday in Ottertail. 

“It’s a fun-filled event with lots to do for everyone,” said Ottertail Chamber of Commerce President Ron Grobeck.

In preparation for the big day, the Ottertail Rod and Gun Club Demo Derby will kick off on Friday at 7 p.m.. After that, head over to the Woodshed Bar and Grill to listen to a live performance by Terry Mackner from 8-11 p.m.

On Saturday, the Ottertail Lions are sponsoring a pancake feed. The pancake breakfast will get underway at 8 a.m. at the community center. 

After breakfast, take a stroll through the streets and enjoy the various vendor shows, and maybe catch an early preview of Nick the Strolling Magician before his magic show begins at 12 p.m. 

At 10 a.m., both the inflatables and car show will get underway. The large car show will once again be held near the community park, right in the thick of action on Saturday morning. The People’s Choice Award will be announced at 2 p.m.

The parade, a crowd favorite event, will begin at 11 a.m. through the heart of downtown Ottertail.

At 12 p.m., head over with a child or two to get their faces painted by the Painted Turtles. Throughout the day, there will also be a variety of fun games, with prizes such as bikes.

At 1 p.m., Ottertail Community Park will have numerous family-friendly games. Bingo also begins at 1 p.m. and chicken poop bingo will begin at 2 p.m. An Ottertail classic event will begin at 3:30 p.m. when the Otterwalk will get underway with a variety of prizes for adults and youth alike. 

At 4:30 p.m., the Ottertail Chamber of Commerce and Buehler Farms will host a pork and corn feed. The Red Letter Band will also get underway at 4 p.m. and play until 7:30 p.m. 

The Ottertail Lions are sponsoring one of the biggest fireworks displays in the region at dusk, before the Woodshed will host The 57 Chevy Band beginning at 9 p.m.