Good job to everyone who helped organize Ogilvie’s Back to the Tower celebrations. Despite the kind of humidity and heat that makes your inner thighs scream, “What are we doing here?!” — the event was very well attended and busy throughout the day. This is a perfect example of an event making adjustments to needs and wants to draw people in. 

In the last couple years the fire department has added a street dance and beer sales which has been an excellent draw and money maker. If you want to draw people to an event and make money at it, feature alcohol. 

Also, I’m proud of the Mora Area Chamber of Commerce’s extra efforts to include and support Ogilvie in their activities. I was delighted to be on the judges panel of  their first “Fired Up at the Tower” BBQ rib cook off. The success of the first year event is proof of the power of relationships in getting things done as a number of businesses sponsored the event and drew a number of prime competitors. 

I look forward to attending next year. 

Kirsten Faurie is the editor of the Kanabec County Times. She can be contacted at or by calling 320-225-5128. 


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