Edmore Potato Festival returns

EDMORE — A pair of longtime local business owners will be honored as grand marshals of this year’s Edmore Potato Festival, which is slated for Aug. 20-24.

Al and Lil Rasmussen have owned the Lazy R Tack Room in Edmore for almost four decades.

Al grew up in Edmore, graduating from Montabella High School, but Lil had a longer journey before she ended up in a small town in northeast Montcalm County.

Al and Lil Rasmussen will be honored as grand marshals of this year’s Edmore Potato Festival. The Rasmussens own the Lazy R Tack Room in Edmore. — Courtesy photo

Lil is a native of Germany. She first visited the United States at the age of 2 when her mother, who was a Jew, traveled to America to testify against Hitler at a Holocaust-related trial. Lil returned to America several years later when she was 9. She and her family lived in several states, before settling in Michigan.

Lil took a job at Hitachi in Edmore. That’s how she met Al. After a whirlwind three-month romance, they were married and are going strong 40 years later. They have four children and five grandchildren.

The Rasmussens opened the Lazy R Tack Room about two years into their marriage.

“We decided to open a little shop for the 4-H kids,” Lil said. “We had a few rough years (due to the economy), but everything is starting to look good again.”

The Rasmussens say they were surprised and honored to be chosen as this year’s grand marshals of the Edmore Potato Festival.

“Al said, ‘We don’t have to dress up fancy, do we?’” said Lil with a chuckle.

Lil, who loves horses, plans on wearing her rodeo duds in the grand parade, which is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23. She is looking forward to the festival.

“We have a real good community and real good people,” she said. “Everybody seems to work together. It’s a friendly town.”

Edmore Potato Festival organizer Rich Adgate said this year’s festival will get underway with an exciting new event. The United States of America Air Force Band, Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble, will perform a free concert at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, at the Edmore Chamber Field (old Montabella football field).

The eighth annual Home Township Firefighters Appreciation Eve will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, followed by the fire truck parade at 9 p.m.

The popular Super Kicker Rodeo will return this year, presented by Randall’s Old Mill and Pet Store. The event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children age 4 to 12. Children 3 and younger are free. Tickets can be purchased from Edmore Chamber of Commerce members or at The Depot, Chemical Bank or Randall’s Old Mill.

The rodeo will be followed by a fireworks show presented by Chemical Bank.

The NAPA Car & Bike Show will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, at Curtis Pond with proceeds doing to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Search for “Edmore Potato Festival” on Facebook or visit edmorechamber.com for a complete schedule of events.

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