Weekend events bring excitement to Magic City

This past weekend in Minot was one not to be missed. We received a welcomed shot of rain – plus numerous exciting events were held.

A couple of the most notable were held downtown, which – post construction – continues to rebound. The annual Downtown Festival again proved fun and entertaining for those who attended. Well done downtown merchants.

Also downtown was the unique YWCA Minot fundraiser in which brave area residents took their turns rappelling down the eight stories of The Parker Suites Saturday.

These were not seasoned climbers, just everyday people who believe in a cause and trusted the experts who you might say taught them the ropes.

“This is the biggest fundraiser the YWCA has ever put on,” YWCA Minot Executive Director Lauren Moore said of the event. “This is the first event like this in northwestern North Dakota so we were excited to bring it to Minot.”

Also, this was not a one-time event. Now that some of the more cautious people saw how easy it is, and knowing more about the good cause the money that was raised helps support, we’re certain plenty of rappellers will welcome a chance to face the challenge next year and in years beyond.

By the way, each rappeller had to raise $1,000 to be able to participate so a lot of commitment preceded Saturday’s event. Congratulations on your successes, rappellers.

While there was certainly much more going on in Minot and the surrounding area, the continued success of the food truck festival should be pointed out. This annual event continues to grow in both size and popularity. The variety of dishes offered was remarkable as was the turnout, despite less than perfect weather, which forced a change in location for the event.

All in all, if you were out of town this past weekend, you missed out on a lot of fun activities that help define our community. This coming weekend, with Motor Magic on the calendar, also promises to be an exciting weekend in the Magic City.

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