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Page 12 Commuait00 Watkins Fire Department turns 100 years old By Pat Garry, staff writer September marks the 100th anniversary of the Wat- kins Fire Department.  The department will be celebrat- ing the event at the Kraut &apos;N Wurst Festival, Aug. 2 and 3. Friday night events include the Little Miss Watkins pageant at 7:30 p.m. and the cow drop at 9 p.m. at the city park, with refresh- ment stands opening at 7 p.m. The food and refreshment stands will open Saturday at 10 a.m. and the parade is slated to get underway at 10:30 a.m. There will be events all day at the park on Saturday, including a bean-bag tournament, volleyball tournament, water ball fight, and a street dance featur- ing Maiden Dixie, at 9 p.m. There will also be memorabilia for sale, commemorating the event, such as T-shirts, mugs and can coolers. The festival is sponsored by the Watkins Fire Department, and the parade's grand marshals are com- prised of retired and active fire department members, in honor of its 100-year anniversary. Some of the retired members date back to the 1950s, including Jack Wer- net, who was a member from 1954 to 1976, Ewald The/s, from 1955 to 1974, and Joe Nistler Sr., from 1956 to 1982. There are 25 active mem- bers. Twenty-year member Joe Kramer retired from the depart- ment in July. His long and devoted tenure included serving as cap- tain for five years and assistant chief for five years. Joe is continu- ing his career in the construc- tion field. The newest addition to the department is Mike Knisley, who grew up near Forest City and attended school in Litchfield. Mike works for Meeker County in the Radio Communication Depart- ment. He lives at his grandpar- ents' farm near Watkins, where he helps out with farming duties. Chief Walter Kramer says Mike will be a "great addition" to the Department. Mark your calendars and don't miss the Kraut 'N Wurst Festival. The Watkins Fire Depart- ment invites everyone to come on out and help them celebrate their big birthday! Kraut 'N Wurst Parade looking for entrants If there is anyone interested Aug. 3, please call Tootz at in putting a unit in the Watkins 764-2109 or 764-9635, or Brenda at Kraut 'NWurst Parade for Saturday/ 764-2112. p WATKINS FIRE DEPARTMENT FRIDAY EVENTS F Ri DAY-SATU RDAY .unnumwmmmmn AU C U ST 2 & 3 ,:o pm atWatkins park • BEB/UlBIIBI STAND OPBI 7-10 PII & refreshment stand, SATURDAY..fVENTS open Saturday from .elUlltlUBtllTmlNAIsT'Hmmrmm 1 0am to 1am In the rk < Park- Starting at 9".30 am ,000 TOTAL in ’.$H IZE$! FIREMAN'S • Mixed Doubles - 100% Payback .ponsored by MIES OUTLAND • PARADE: 10:30 AM • FREE ICE CREAM 3 PM Donoted by the LIONS . IIIBW RITINII ZO0 • KIIBS' REST 12-4 PM • ROCK CUMMNG WALL 1-4 PII • FIIEE KIBS iMIHIIIM 1-6 PM • PIBAL'nlACTINI-PIRL €OH11EST 8 dasses, ages 4-11 • 3-5 pm sponsored by the LIONS  UONESS CLUES • aim UJI TIIIIIINI Sign-up Friday night or Saturday morning at the Beer Stand.Tourney starts immediately after parade • IBBIOR PJB SlIOW O AM.1PM WATERBALL FIGHT 6 PM "mY lUlY Ulm me • IrW MIISIC 9 PIH IUI Ha/den D at City Park KIIHT Ir WURST  lmWlNI111PM City Park • SILENT AUCTION FOR: 14X18 FilliNg IIEOll Donated , Master Mark Plastics (Material On| Thursday, August 1, 2013 Tri- Cgun News, www. tricountynews, mn .... ..!# Kraut 'N Wurst is Aug. 2-3 Kraut 'N Wurst is again spon- sored by the Watkins Fire Depart- ment which this year celebrates its 100th anniversary. Let's all make this year's festival the biggest and best ever! Unless noted otherwise, events are in or near McCarthy Park in Watkins. Here is a list of activities sched- uled during the Kraut 'N Wurst festival in Watkins: Friday, Aug. 2 • Beer and hamburger stand is open from 7-10 p.m. • Little Miss Watkins Pageant is at 7:30 p.m. • Cow Drop is at 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3 • Food and refreshment stands are open from 10 a.m. Saturday until 1 a.m. Sunday. • 7:30 a.m. sign-up for the 5K run (at Flash's Gas) • Watkins Car Show is 9 a.m.- I p.m. • 9:30 a.m. starts the 8-team volleyball tournament. • PARADE IS AT 10:30 a.m. • Beanbag tournament starts right after parade (sign up at beet stand) • Kids' Fest 12-4 p.m. • Rock-climbing wall 1-4 p.m. • Free Kids' Moonwalk 1-6 p.m. • Free ice cream at 3 p.m. • 3-5 p.m. Pedal Tractor Pull (ages 4-11) • Fireman's Waterball Fight is at 6p.m. • Mechanical Bull 8-11 p.m. • Street dance with "Maiden Dixie" 9 p.m.-1 a.m. • Button drawing is at 11 p.m. Enjoy the days. Thank the sponsors. Be safe. Have fun! (Watch for updates on Facebook.) . School of Fish: Fishin' Tip #3 Slip-bobber secrets School of Fish kids learn that chasing panfish around structure is a great way to "get bit"! Small jigs baited with small leeches, min- nows, and pieces of nightcrawl- ers are often preferred baits. These combinations are often lethal on panfish when presented below a slip-bobber. Slip-bobbers are great fishing tools because fishing depths being targeted can easily be adjusted by simply sliding the bobber stop up or down the line. Not only that, but because the bobber stop can be reeled right up on the reel, cast- ing and landing fish is pretty easy because kids don't have long, cum- bersome sections of line extending beyond rod tips. Kids and other beginners are encouraged to practice their cast- ing skills and to make casts along various forms of structure search- ing for fish. Also, using a small slip- bobber that barely floats or adding a "split-shot" weight to the fishing set-up about a foot above the jig or hook is also good advice. A bobber that barely floats will easily slide under the water when a tenta- tive panfish bites without "spook- ing" it like a bigger, more buoyant probablywill. Some days when the fish are really hungry, bobber size might not matter much, but day in, day out using a barely-float- ing bobber will result in more fish hooked and landed and, hooking and landing fish is a big reason we fish. Good luck on the water. School of Fish is a 3-hour fishing education class that was hosted in your community this year. Four tips will be offered this summer as fol- low-up to that, offering for both the kids who attended School of Fish and others getting started in the great sport of fishing. School of Fish is supported by: Northland Fishing Tackle, KLN Family Brands, Larson Boats, Shakespeare Fishing, and Soderholm Insurance. Check out the School of Fish webs/re www.mnschooloffish. com. Also, follow School offish on Facebook: School-of-Fish for more fishing tips and the chance to win some great fishing prizes. Small bobber stops thread on the fishing line and are the "brains" behind a slip-bobber set- up. They can be slid up and down the line, making changing fish- ing depths easy. When used with barely-floating slip-bobbers they are lethal panfish presentations. Watkins Annual Kraut-N-Wurst Days Saturday, August 3 loo% H.urry/ PayoutS! Lirared Contact Flay/an: (320) 764-5491