Shopping, live music, games for kids, bike safety, a fun run/walk, ping pong, book fair, arts and crafts, eats and drinks – yes, those events and more are all back when the Webster Area Chamber of Commerce presents the 23rd Annual Gandy Dancer Days this weekend,  Fri-Sun, Aug. 13-15. 

A new event is the Burnett Area Arts Group’s outdoor art show “Arts Alive on 35” Saturday, 10-3 at the Passage Art Gallery one mile south of Webster on St. Rd. 35. The Passage Art Gallery is also open on Friday 10-3 and Sunday 10-2, featuring all new artwork by BAAG members.

“We’re very happy to be able to bring our annual community festival back this year after canceling it last summer due to COVID,” said WACC president Bill Summer. “We’re also thankful for the many businesses and organizations that have stepped up to sponsor and conduct the activities the Gandy Dancer Days committee volunteers planned.”

One of those organizations is the Polk-Burnett County Health Department. Their mobile vaccination clinic will be at the Fairgrounds on Saturday from 10-2. The Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available free of charge for those age 12 years and up; no appointment or insurance is needed. 

Some highlights of the three days include the Kid’s Bicycle Safety “Roadeo” and prize drawings staged by the Webster Police Department, live music by the Dan Zimmer and Gregg Hyde bands sponsored by Studio Northwoods and Webster Cog & Sprocket respectively and the Circuitbreakers at Zia’s pavilion on Saturday night.

 For eats and drinks, the Webster American Legion Otis Taylor Post #96 and Auxiliary Unit # 96, and the Central Burnett County Fair Board offer brats, hot dogs, chips, soda, beer, root beer floats, and favorite carnival fare. 

For folks who like sports, there’s the Webster Education Foundation 5K Run/Walk. Participants can register online at websteref.org and are eligible to receive a free t-shirt – while they last. The Lake Country Pedalers will hold a 16-mile bike ride, and there’s open Ping Pong at the Webster Community Center where you can purchase Lions Club fresh, home baked goods at the adjacent shelter on Main St. Saturday, starting at 8 a.m. – early birds get the goodies!

For book-lovers, the Larson Family Library hosts a Book Sale and Children’s Book Fair. But wait, there’s more! …. the Hunt for the Golden Spike with a $50 cash prize sponsored by Ace Hardware and Gandy Dancer Books, the Dunk Chair to cool off, and the Children’s Sawdust Pile Treasure Hunt sponsored by Wayne’s Grocery Plus.

 “We sure hope the weather spirits will be kind to us this weekend!” quipped Summer.  Any changes in the schedule due to the COVID situation will be made in accordance with Burnett County Public Heath officials. Except for ping pong in the Webster Community Center, all other activities are outdoors downtown or at the Webster Fairgrounds unless otherwise noted.

 A complete event schedule appears on the front page of the current Indianhead Advertiser and elsewhere in this issue or visit websterwisconsin.com. Unfortunately, due to a personnel shortage, the Veterans Museum at the Fairgrounds on Saturday is canceled.