Otsego rings in fall this Saturday with its own city celebration, The Otsego Prairie Festival and Car Show, set to roll from 10 a.m. to dusk Saturday, Sept. 12 at Prairie Park (90th Street and Nashua Avenue Northeast).
The event will begin with a flag raising ceremony at 10 a.m. sharp, followed by the opening of the festival with some special announcements.
The Otsego Rod and Custom Car Show will take shape around 10 a.m. as well, with entrants in several different classes around the park. The show runs until 3 p.m. when trophies are awarded. ORC is a local car club established in 2006 by a group of Otsego residents and this will be the fourth year ORC is hosting the Otsego Prairie Festival Car Show.
Participation in the Otsego Prairie Festival Car Show is open to all stock, modified or custom classes of automobiles, classic and custom motorcycles. The entry fee is $10 and there is no cost for spectators. Eighteen trophies custom made by will be awarded including Mayor’s Choice, Host’s Choice, and the top 15 vehicles as voted on by the spectators and participants.
The festival includes one of the community’s largest business expositions, with dozens of shops, organizations, home-based businesses and community groups showing their wares and handing out everything from keychains to candy. Lowe’s will be on hand with a workshop area, while the Lions will have both a corn stand and beer garden for the adults.
For the kids, the annual paintball area and petting zoo, along with a galley of inflatables, is sure to be an attraction. This year’s carnival starts with a special preview from 5 p.m. to dusk Friday night, and then re-opens at 10 a.m. Saturday for a full day of fun.
Music and more
On stage, the Dancing Caravan will have presentations starting at both 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Both shows are about 45 minutes. The Mooseknuckle Brothers take over at 12:30 p.m. with a two and half hour set of live music, followed by Outside Recess from 6:30 t0 1o:30 p.m. to headline the evening entertainment.
Then, the skies over western Otsego will light up, as the annual fall fireworks display kicks off around 8:30 p.m. (dusk). The fireworks will be shot off west of Prairie Park, so set up on the sledding hill or elsewhere on the grounds to enjoy the display.