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Keillor in Avon

July 6, 2009 - Cindy Votruba
The town of Avon, Minnesota normally has a population of a little more than 1,200 people. But on Saturday, the quiet little town saw an influx of roughly 10,000 packed into the park for a live broadcast of Garrison Keillor’s “Prairie Home Companion,” the 35th anniversary celebration.

Ross and I didn’t hit the road until 2:30 p.m.. By the time we got to Avon by 4:30, the place was crowded. Traffic was backed up on I-94. We didn’t park too terribly far away. Some hoofed it from outside of town, carrying their lawn chairs, coolers and umbrellas.

We were settled in the “overflow” part of the park, across the street from the grandstand. I could sort of see Keillor on the stage, wearing a tan jacket. Thank goodness for a decent sound system, but there were times you couldn’t really hear. Mainly because of the family yapping behind us. Geez, they could’ve gathered in their own backyard to talk about some of the things they discussed. People were there to hear the show, not listen to you talk about what video game systems you had or now have.

Keillor had several special guests on his show Saturday, including two local war veterans, a couple of pastors, the Avon mayor and Amy Klobuchar. It may have been two hours in the hot sun, but it was one of life’s little experiences. And we were able to make it back in time to see the “phenomenal” fireworks display in Marshall.


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