Take some time to come out to Main Street in Langdon this weekend. By far the area’s most significant event of the summer, the 23rd Annual Rendezvous Region Music Fest starts on Thursday, July 19 and goes thru Saturday, July 21.
By Lisa Nowatzki
From 8:00 a.m. until Noon on Thursday, come on out and enjoy the Northern Canola Growers Association’s Annual Field Tours and stick around for the Field Days Community Lunch at the Langdon Research Center. At 7:00 p.m. the Color Me Healthy Run/Walk starts at the Dakota Spirit Arena. For more information about the run go to the website www.runlangdon.com.
For some great shopping deals, local area retail businesses will have their Christmas In July sales happening all day Friday, July 21. Some more exciting events scheduled for Friday are the Eagles Auxiliary Luncheon at the Eagles Club from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The tractor pull will be held west of town, starting at 1:00 p.m. Chase Heck is the contact for anyone interested or has any questions. The phone number is 701-238-2633. And don’t forget the Fireman’s Dinner starts at 5:00 p.m.
The big event for Friday is the Rendezvous Region Rod Run which begins with a car cruise and contests organized by Chad Lombardi that starts on Main Street. Multiple categories like Loudest Pipes, Neon Flame Throwing, Muffler Rap, and Best Burnout are just some of the events scheduled for Friday night.
On Saturday, the car show includes a DB Drags Stereo Sound Off contest, Pit Crew Member Competition, 1/64 scale drag race, Tricycle/Pedal Car races, and the awards. From 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Lombardi encourages everyone to come down for the “Car Bash.” This event is for anyone who has ever been frustrated by their vehicle. Put on a pair of safety goggles, pick up a sledgehammer, and beat on the car provided by Lombardi.
The awards for the Rod Run include Stock Classic and Modified Classic divisions for cars up to the 1975 model year. Others will receive awards in the following classes: the best Muscle Car class from 1960-1979, modified Modern from 1979 to 2018, all mid-size luxury, cars, all motorcycles, all trucks, all snowmobiles, all tractors, Rat Rods, and antique and custom bicycles. Questions for the two-day event can be directed to Lombardi at 701-370-0873 or visit the website at rendezvousregionrodrun.webs.com for more information.
Finally, at the end of the day on Friday, beginning at 9:00 p.m., the band “Big Skillet” starts playing at the Eagles. Wristbands are required in the Boyd Block area starting at 8:00 p.m.
On Saturday, July 21 retail business will continue with their Christmas in July sales. From 9:00 a m. to 3:30 p.m. the Rendezvous Region Rod Run car show will be on Main Street. Another crowd favorite this year is the Rhubarb Fest sponsored by the United Lutheran Youth Group and is held at the Eagle’s Club.
This year the Rendezvous Region Music Fest will end with a bang as the Tour de Rendezvous Region Bike Race finishes on Main Street in Langdon. The marathon bike race starts on July 21 in Icelandic State Park and ends at the Rendezvous Region Music Fest in Langdon. The finish line will meet in the center of town at the intersection of Third Street and Seventh Avenue.
There are two routes participants can take. For those more cautious bikers who want a quick trip, they can ride the shorter 25-mile route with a total ascent of 200 feet. For those ambitious marathoners that want to push their limits, there is a 60-mile bike route with a total ascent of 993 feet. Both races start at 1:30 p.m. and end around 6 or 7:00 p.m.
The registration cost for ages 15 and under is $15 for both the 25-mile and 60-mile race, and for adults, the 25-mile race is $20 and the 60-mile race is $30. All proceeds will go towards promoting tourism in the Rendezvous Region. The Tour de Rendezvous Region is hosted by the Langdon Area Chamber of Commerce and the Rendezvous Region. Some of the local sponsors are Choice Financial, On Prairie Software, Bill’s Bikes & Stuff, United Valley Bank, Nodak Insurance Company, and Kyle Gagner Agency
For overnight guests, Icelandic Park in Cavalier, ND, has campsites and cabins for rent at www.parkrec.nd.gov/parks/isp/isp.html. There is also lots of room at the local hotels and Bed and Breakfast Inns. For additional questions, Nathan Smith is the organizer of the race. He can be contacted at email@example.com for any questions.
Featured at the Roxy Theater at 1:00 p.m. is a documentary about the Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex (SRMSC) in Nekoma. The tractor pull also starts at 1:00 p.m. located west of Dan’s Car Wash.
New this year, the adults will show the kiddies how it’s done. They get to join in the fun with the adult pedal pull. Registration begins at 6:00 p m., and the main event starts at 7:00 p.m. on Main Street by Sew on & Sew North. From 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. the inflatables will be up and going for the kiddies of all ages. Also up and down Main Street, many vendors will host games for young and old alike.
The music starts early this year. The Devils Lake Elk’s Band will play from 11:00 a. m. to noon. Then in the evening “Hard Times” will play from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and the headliner band, “Contention”, will play on the Boyd Block Plaza stage from 9:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. To round out a summer of fun and successful events, festival goers will be dazzled with a world-class fireworks display at 12:30 a m.
All throughout the weekend, food and street vendors will be out in full force. Main Street businesses will be open and having sidewalk sales. For more information on any of these events, call Barb Mehlhoff at the LACC 701-256-3079 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.