Natalie Woodward, of Corcoran, enjoys the animals in the petting zoo during the Free Family Day at last year’s Corcoran Country Daze. The annual community celebration will return to Corcoran Lions Park on Aug. 16 and 17. (Sun Press file photo)

A week-long slate of events will give Corcoran area residents lots to do, Area festivals will begin with Burschville School’s 125th anniversary on Aug. 11 and then move on to Corcoran Country Daze on Aug. 16 and 17, the St. Thomas Parish Festival on Aug. 18 and the Great Hope Get Together on Aug. 18.

Here is a score-card to keep track of where to go and when.

Burschville School Summerfest

The North Hennepin Pioneer Society is encouraging Burschville School alums and the public to attend the 125th anniversary celebration for the historic one-room school. Festivities will run from noon to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 11, at the school, located at 22995 County Road 10, Corcoran.

The celebration will be part of the annual Summerfest fund-raiser. Stop in for live music, face painting, children’s games, door prizes and a raffle, plus those famous “Pork Chops” grilled by Burschville alumni. All profits from the food truck will be donated to the school. Visitors can tour the school and sample school life from the early 1900s.

Corcoran Country Daze

Corcoran Country Daze will celebrate its 16th year on Aug. 16 and 17 at Corcoran Lions Park, located on County Road 10 west of County Road 101. Visitors will discover live music, a bean bag tourney, Coach Bingo, Corcoran Country mile, inflatables, petting zoo, games, Police K-9 competition, crazy hair, face painting, balloon artist, pony rides, antique car show, craft fair, refreshments and more.

The Country Daze softball tournament will be located at the Corcoran City Park ball fields, starting at 5:30 p.m. on Friday.

Free Family Day at Country Daze will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Fireworks honoring veterans are set for both Friday and Saturday nights.

The Bean Bag Tournament has a registration deadline of 3:59 p.m., Friday, Aug. 9. The tourney, featuring double elimination competition, will start at noon on Saturday, Aug. 17. Check-in time is 11 a.m. Cost is $20 per person, $40 per team. Single players will be teamed up on the day of the tournament. For information, contact Recreation Coordinator Jessica Christensen Buck at

Music enthusiasts can choose from seven live concerts on two nights. Homegrown talent will take the stage on Friday evening until midnight. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. Featured performers will be Chris Hawkey, High Valley and Granger Smith featuring Earl Dibbles, Jr.

Saturday will be rock night, with gates opening at 5:30 p.m. and music lasting until midnight. Stop in to hear Bjerke and the Ripsters, Hoodlum Johnny, FireHouse, and Warrant. First responders and military will get into the concerts for free.

Purchase tickets early for concerts on both nights by visiting The Northwest Area Jaycees Facebook event page has more details.

Corcoran Country Daze is hosted by the Jaycees and sponsored by local businesses. All proceeds go back to surrounding communities through the many activities the NW Area Jaycees support, including hardship donations, children’s events, scholarships, food shelf donations and more.

St. Thomas the Apostle Parish Festival

St. Thomas the Apostle Church will celebrate its parish festival Sunday, Aug. 18, at the church, 20000 County Road 10, Corcoran. A turkey dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festival also will feature cash Bingo, a garage sale, kids’ games, farmers’ market, craft sale, silent auction, cake walk, country music and a grand prize raffle drawing. (You do not need to be present to win).

Great Hope Get Together

Hope Community Church will celebrate its 22nd anniversary at the Great Hope Get Together, Sunday, Aug. 18 at the church, 19951 Oswald Farm Road, Corcoran. A 10 a.m. worship service will be followed by a noon corn feed and hayrides and inflatables from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Then come back at 6 p.m. to view Hope’s Got Talent. The free family show will feature kids and adults singing and dancing, comedy acts, magic and more.

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