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Dakota Falls, Tucker's Walk bottle special wines for Garretson’s 125th
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

July 01. 2014 10:38AM
The folks in Garretson know how to throw a party.

And for the community’s 125th celebration, they’re pulling out all the stops, and commemorating it with special wines made by two area wineries, Dakota Falls Winery in Brandon and Tucker’s Walk near Garretson.

“I love wine,” said Mary Frerk, who headed up the 125th celebration wine sales committee.

“Wine is just something that people like to enjoy.”

Dakota Falls owner Dave Howard met with Frerk and other members of Garretson’s wine sales committee last summer. He remembers the wine tasting at Annie’s, where the commemorative wine can be purchased leading to this week’s four-day celebration.
“We sat and drank wine,” he tells, “and they decided they wanted to have a wine to help commemorate their event.”

Howard bottled up two different wines for the Garretson event: Split Rock Red, a wine made from Valiant grapes, a variety that came out of South Dakota State University; and Harvest Gold, a white wine.

Tucker’s Walk has bottled a white and a red wine, Brianna and Marquette, for the community’s 125th celebration, and they will be available for sale starting July 1. Frerk said there’s a limited quantity of these two wines.

The wine wasn’t the only thing specially produced for Garretson’s 125th celebration. The labels for each bottler were also a labor of love done by Frerk’s son-in-law, Steve Salzrunn (married to Valerie Frerk), a graphic artist in Chicago.

“They’re something special to Garretson, which helps commemorate the event, too,” Howard said.

The specialty labels on Howard’s wines feature drawings of Split Rock Park and the King and Queen rocks at Palisades State Park.

The two varieties from Tucker’s Walk don labels of what Garretson looked like in 1902 and a decade later, Frerk said.

Because the wine sales are doubling as a fundraiser, Howard encouraged the group to have them available for Christmas gifts last year.

Frerk said they sold several bottles at $16 each, and were recently delivered another 100 bottles for this weekend’s festivities.

“They did become some Christmas gifts,” she said. “Giving a bottle of wine that’s specific to Garretson makes it just that more special.”

Howard has worked with other communities and businesses in similar commemorative wine endeavors, and so when last week’s reorder was delivered, Howard was under no pressure to deliver.

“I know how to prepare for it,” he said, “and those wines (they chose), we’re able to make in pretty good quantity.”

Frerk said Howard’s past experience working with other communities and/or businesses in this capacity was very helpful.

“Dave’s been really, really awesome in working with us,” she said, “and we’ve had a really fun time.”

The commemorative wines will be available for at the Garretson’s 125th committee tent and Annie’s throughout the four-day event.

“Hopefully, the alumni that will come back for the all-school reunion will want to take a bottle home with them,” Frerk said.
Garretson 125th Celebration • July 3-6, 2014
Thursday, July 3
• 4 p.m.-midnight: Food & beverage concessions open
• 5:30-6 p.m.: Poker Run
• 6:30 p.m.: 125th Celebration Royalty Coronation, GHS gym
• 7 p.m.: Beard Judging, GHS gym
• 7:30 p.m.: Kangaroo Court, GHS gym
• 7:30-10 p.m.: 125th King & Queen & Royalty Reception, American Legion
• 8:30 p.m.-midnight: Social on Main – Music by Dana Jensen & Paladin, Main Street

Friday, July 4
• 9 a.m.: GCSF 3rd annual Golf Tournament, River Ridge Golf Course
• 9 a.m.: Welcome to Garretson Ribbon Cutting, Main & 5th St.
• 10 a.m.: Museum pharmacy display open, Garretson Museum
• 10 a.m.: Walking tours of Main
• 10 a.m.: Kickball tourney, Sports complex
• 10 a.m.-7 p.m.: Food & beverage concessions open
• 1 p.m.: Bean bag tourney, Sports complex
• 1 p.m.: Youth tractor pull, Zion Church parking lot
• 2:30 p.m.: Old West Story Time with Miss Sharon & Mystery Guest, Picnic shelter at sports complex
• 3-8 p.m.: Kiddie train rides, obstacle course, inflatables, laser tag, bungee jump, outdoor market, vendor fair, Sports complex
• 6:30-8 p.m.: All School Reunion Banquet registration, Sr. Citizens Center
• 7 p.m.: Youth Baseball Game, Sports complex
• Dusk (9:30 p.m.): Fireworks display, Football field bleachers
• 10:30 p.m.-midnight: Bubbles & Foam Dance Party, Football field parking lot

Saturday, July 5
• 7-9:30 a.m.: Community Pancake Breakfast, Fire Station
• 8 a.m.: 5K Run & 2-Mile Fun Run/Walk, begins & ends at Garretson School
• 9-10 a.m.: All-School Reunion registration, Sr. Citizens Center
• 9:50 a.m.: Jesse James Gang Bank Robbery re-enactment, Old Bank building
• 10 a.m.: Kiddie Parade, line up at Garretson School
• 10 a.m.-6 p.m.: Outdoor market & vendor fair, Main St.
• 10:30 a.m.: Past, Present & Future of Garretson Parade, line up at football field
• 10 a.m.-midnight: Food & beverage concessions open
• Noon-1 p.m.: All-School Reunion Banquet registration, Sr. Citizens Center
• 1-1:45 p.m.: Vintage Clothing Style Show
• 1-3 p.m.: Garretson School tours
• 2-2:30 p.m.: Preschool Music presentation, Main St. tent
• 2:30-3 p.m.: Jesse James Singers, Main St. tent
• 3:30-4 p.m.: Music by New Horizons Band, Main St. tent
• 3-8 p.m.: Carnival games, bungee jump, inflatables, vendors, Garretson School parking lot
• 3 p.m.-midnight: Ferris wheel, Main & 4th St.
• 6:30 p.m.: All-School Reunion Banquet, Garretson School gym
• 7 p.m.-midnight: Mechanical bull rides, Main & 4th St.
• 8 p.m.-midnight: Social on Main – Music by Dana Jensen & Undercover, Main St.
• 9 p.m.: Auction of 125th collectibles & commemorative shotgun, Music stage on Main St.

Sunday, July 6
• 10 a.m.: Community Church Service, Garretson School gym
• 12 noon-3 p.m.: Classic car show, Main St.
• 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Community picnic, Garretson School gym
• 1 p.m.: Antique tractor pull, Schuneman Equipment Co.
• 1-3 p.m.: Quilt display, American Legion
• 1-3 p.m.: Photo display of “Life in Garretson,” American Legion

In celebration of Garretson's 125th anniversary, two area wineries, Dakota Falls Winery in Brandon and Tucker’s Walk near Garretson, bottled commemorative wines that are available for sale at Annie's or during the four-day event. Photo by Jill Meier

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