The Crookston Ox Cart Days is being presented slightly differently this year during what organizers are calling the Third Week in August event, with numerous social distance-friendly activities.
Some of the events that draw big crowds, such as performances by popular bands and log-rolling and ax-throwing competitions, were canceled due to the threat of spreading coronavirus among people in large groups.
Other events, however, will go on, including the traditional Miss Crookston pageant.
The 2020 Miss Crookston Scholarship Pageant winner will be crowned Friday, Aug. 21, in a private ceremony, open only to family members to maintain social distance, at Crookston High School.
Pageant contestants, who are beginning their senior year this fall at Crookston High School, are:
-- Shelby Aamot, daughter of Curt and Kathy Aamot, sponsored by Choice Therapy and Greenberg Realty; her talent is speed-painting;
-- Emma Boll, daughter of Melissa and Bryan Boll, sponsored by Boll Farms; she will play piano and sing;
-- Linnea French, daughter of Rae and George French, sponsored by True Value Hardware; she will perform an oboe solo;
-- Emily Funk, daughter of Curtis and Kristin Funk, sponsored by American Federal Bank; she will perform a drum solo;
-- Savannah Meine, daughter of Karen and Rick Meine, sponsored by Cenex Harvest States Northland Grain; her talent is a demonstration; and
-- Victoria Proulx, daughter of Brian and Shea Proulx, sponsored by Wonderful Life Foods; she will perform a comedic skit.
The pageant winner will receive a scholarship and other prizes or recognition will be presented to first- and second-runners-up and Miss Congeniality.
Because organizers are unable to sell tickets to the event, due to the pandemic, those who wish to support the scholarship pageant are welcome to send donations to: Jean Ann Bienek, 24321 265th St. SW, Crookston, Minn. 56716.
Other events this week include: on Wednesday -- a scavenger hunt, lemonade stand contest, a medallion hunt, a Bio Girls Fun Run and a drive-by tour of Riverview Hospital; on Thursday -- a barbecue at the Golden Link Senior Center, Golden Eagle Cruise Night and a fireworks display; on Friday -- Crookston Firefighters’ drive-thru pancake breakfast with proceeds going to police, fire and emergency medical technician crews; and, on Sunday, the Grand Theater is presenting video games on the big screen.
First-responders will receive a free evening meal Friday at the Crookston Inn.
Some local businesses are also offering virtual events, said Jess Bengtson, the 2020 festival chairwoman.
“It’s a pretty decent schedule (given) that everything’s been shut down” due to the pandemic, Bengtson said.
For more information, go online to www.crookstonoxcartdays.com .