The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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August 30, 2013

Godahl prepares for annual Labor Day event

Tiny town brings in hundreds for celebration


Teen-age vocalist Callie Coleman of St. James will sing Monday after she returns from her second year as a 4-H performer at the State Fair.

Baseball games and activities for kids are planned throughout the day. Food stands on the grounds will feature hot pork sandwiches, ham sandwiches and hamburgers.

Much of the celebration's proceeds are designated for Godahl's community center and local baseball and softball teams.

"The town isn't very big, but we draw in lots of kids and their parents," Shupe said.

Last year, a new benefit/entertainment was introduced. Messy Bessy, was quite popular and quite profitable, Shupe said. For the game of chance, an area (away from the parade route) is divided into a grid. People purchase raffle tickets for a change to win $1,000 and the opportunity to stand around and wait for a cow to pick a square on which she will deposit the byproducts of her most recent meal.

"It's interesting," Shupe said when he offered his assessment of the fundraiser.



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