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Great Grassroot Gathering

Event benefits Sleepy Eye Area Historical Society

October 1, 2012
By Josh Moniz - Staff Writer , The Journal

SLEEPY EYE - Pleasantly warm temperatures and falling autumn leaves framed Sunday's events at the Great Grassroots Gathering in Sleepy Eye.

The long-running annual event was initially organized by Sleepy Eye residents to celebrate local history and heritage. The organizers had the members dress in pioneer period clothing and act out historic events like gunfights. In 1982, the Sleepy Eye Area Historical Society (SEAHS) took over the program as an annual fundraiser in Allison Park.

The modern version of the event combines a flea market and harvest food venders. The emphasis is on items like pumpkins and gourds. Other venders featured home-made toys.

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Staff photo by Josh Moniz
A variety of gourds and pumpkins from the Redman farm near Sanborn were on display Sunday at the Great Grassroots Gathering that was hosted by the Sleepy Eye Area Historical Society in Allison Park in Sleepy Eye.

The event brings in more than 1,500 visitors and raised over $1,000 to help pay for keep the SEAHS museum open.

Judy Beech, a member of the SEAHS, said Sunday's event enjoyed a successful turnout. She said the big contributing factor was the warm weather.

"This was a great day to hold the event. It really made people want to come out," said Beech, "Hopefully we can have a great time like this every year."

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