The Stark Summer Stroll returns to bring the community together. This year, organizers expect to quadruple the number of participants.
Organizers Robert Briscoe, Ann Tessneer and Crystal Roth have spent months planning for the June 28 event that takes place at various locations in the Stark area.
The all-day festival includes something for everyone, said Tessneer, owner of North Folk Winery. From a pancake breakfast to folk music and a silent auction, the event exposes residents to everything Stark has to offer.
“Stark existed because of dairy,” Briscoe said. “All the milk was brought by horse, and these little communities formed around the creameries. As automobiles came, it was inefficient to have all these little creameries so they consolidated into bigger ones. A lot of these communities kind of dissolved.”
But Stark stayed put. Since then, the community has expanded, and old and new residents don’t get together like they used to.
The Stark Summer Stroll hopes to act as a facilitator by bringing neighbors together and teaching Stark residents about their history. The stroll includes a slideshow of the township’s history at the Grange. There will also be a silent auction at the same location.
The event is mostly free for the public and runs from 8 a.m. to midnight.
“You can have a good time for a very low cost,” said Roth. “It doesn’t break the bank.”
There’s a $2 ice cream social, free folk and rock music, $3 pulled-pork sandwiches, an art glass demonstration, a parade and more.
Various locations will host different events: Fish Lake Lutheran Church (pancake breakfast, 8-10 a.m.), Fish Lake Town Hall (children’s events and pottery lessons, 10 a.m. to noon), Oak Leaf Grange (ice cream social and history of Stark exhibit, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), Stark Road (parade, 1-1:30 p.m.), Fused Glass at the Pioneer Farm and Bee Wrangler (art glass demo, petting zoo, bee keeping demo, fiber spinning, 2-5 p.m.), North Folk Winery (American folk-rock with Christopher Laumb, 2:30-4:30 p.m. and Old Time Favorites with Kenny Krona and Friends, 5-7 p.m.); and The Full Moon (‘50s and ‘60s music with Crystal Mountain Kruzers, 5-9 p.m. and ‘70s and ‘80s music with Stooge, 9 p.m. to midnight).
The parade will be twice the size as last year’s, and organizers expect to see at least 2,000 people attend.
“We live in a really nice part of the county,” said Roth. “We are lucky to live where we are.”
The three organizers hope the stroll continues to grow because it provides an event that is specific to that community alone.
“We don’t consider ourselves Harris or Cambridge or Rush City,” said Roth. “It’s really nice to have something to do where you live.”
For more information about the Stark Summer Stroll, contact Crystal Roth at 651-500-5674.