The new Grindrod Community Hall officially opens A Aug. 10 at noon.

The new Grindrod Community Hall officially opens A Aug. 10 at noon.

New hall opens for Grindrod Days

As part of the festivities, the new community hall in Grindrod Park will be officially unveiled Aug. 10 at noon

Grindrod Days will take on special significance this year.

As part of the festivities, the new community hall in Grindrod Park will be officially unveiled Aug. 10 at noon.

“That’s when we will cut the ribbon,” said Herman Halvorson, with the Grindrod Recreation Association, which spearheaded fundraising of $400,000 and construction.

“It’s been a real challenge to open the hall when you start with no money.”

The ribbon will be cut by Mary Strilchuk, who has lived in  the area for 90 years.

The decision was made to construct a new hall because the old facility was in poor condition and inadequate to meet the community’s needs.

“The event bookings are already coming in,” said Halvorson.

“We will get our crib parties back this fall.”

Grindrod Days runs Aug. 10 and 11 in the park.

Both mornings start off with a pancake breakfast, and on the Saturday, the activities will include a flower show, lawn tractor races and children’s games.

“There will be bands playing off and on throughout the event,” said Lindsay Kibbe, one of the organizers.

And some heated competition is anticipated during the tug-of-war contest.

“There will be a team from Sweden,” said Halvorson.

On the Sunday, there will be a church service and tractor races, as well as the always popular mutt show.

“People can bring their pets — the biggest pet, the smallest pet,” said Kibbe.

Kibbe is encouraging everyone to attend Grindrod Days and celebrate the community.

“The event is entirely free. All people have to take care of is their food,” she said.