BUG DAYS REPLACED BY SILENCE
Silence isn't always golden.
The picnic tables that would normally be filled with visitors listening to music on the stage will be absent, while the area they would sit will be quiet and lonely.
First Street, which would be detoured to allow for bean bag tournament participants and other activities this weekend, will once again have traffic flowing east and west.
The smell of homemade chili and barbecued ribs wafting through the area surrounding Veterans Park will be replaced by the usual smells of September.
And the smiles generated by parents and onlookers of the Kiddy Parade will also be a memory of years gone by.
Boxelder Bug Days, which has been the Minneota town celebration, will not be held for the first time ever due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The festivities were scheduled to begin Friday, Sept. 11 and last through Sunday, Sept. 13.
Scott Josephson, who has been on the Bug Days committee the past 28 years, took over as Committee Chairman in 2006 from his uncle Frank Josephson.
"It feels kind of strange, actually, not having Boxelder Bug Days this year," he said. "It's kind of a weird feeling, but it's also kind of sad."
The Boxelder Bug Days committee begins serious planning for the town's annual celebration in January and February.
"We were getting together and planning this before the COVID thing," Josephson said. "And then we had to meet via ZOOM because of the virus. We have such a good committee, but we weren't able to meet and we missed the good camaraderie that we have."
The Chase the Bug Virtual 5k Run and the Boxelder Bug Days queen coronation are still being held this weekend. But all other events have been cancelled"We're a little worried that people might get out of the habit of Boxelder Bug Days," said Josephson. "But our goal is to have Bug Days bigger and better next year."
QUEEN CORONATION & PARADE: The Boxelder Bug Days Queen Coronation will take place at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12 at K.P. Kompelien Field. Only immediate family are allowed to attend the coronation. The event will be televised on the school YouTube channel. The candidates and outgoing royalty will parade around Minneota. The parade will begin at Riverside Park at 4:30 p.m. and head down Washington Street. It will then run on all President Streets with the exception of Grant Street from 1st to 3rd Street, and Wilson and Truman Streets. The parade will then run on all streets from 2nd to 7th Street with the exception of 2nd Street from Jackson to Grant Street, as well as 6th Street from Madison to Monroe Street. The parade will end near the playground at the public school The parade will only run on streets north of Highway 68.