Toronto gearing up for Hi Neighbor Days


TORONTO – The annual Toronto Hi Neighbor Days and 135th anniversary celebration will be held Aug. 15-18.  

Activities start at 7 p.m. Thursday with Trivia Night in the banquet room at the Toronto Café and Lounge. 

Included in Friday’s activities are rummage sales, Little Mr. and Miss Toronto contest at 6:30 p.m. at the tennis courts, followed by kids’ minnow races and ice cream, and Dueling Duo Pianos at the Fire Hall at 8 p.m. Dueling Duo Pianos tickets are $20 apiece and are available at Toronto Café and Lounge, Toronto On-Stop, First Bank & Trust and Deuel County Farmers Union. 

On Saturday, Aug. 17, a 5K Family Fun Run starts at 8:30 a.m. at Arlo Olson Memorial Park with registration at 8 a.m. That’s followed by a 3-on-3 basketball tournament at 9:30 a.m., kids’ tractor pull at 10:30 a.m., cow pie bingo at 11 a.m. and watermelon feed at 1 p.m., all at the tennis courts; bean bag tournament and adult minnow races, both at 3 p.m. at the café, and bingo at Blom Prairie Church social hall at 3 p.m.

A pork feed sponsored by FBT with donations going to Toronto Fire Department is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the fire hall, and music by Rollie and Marie Trooien and guests at the music shop start at 6:30 p.m. 

Karaoke begins at 9 p.m. at the Toronto Café, and the Disney movie “Sandlot” will be shown at dusk at the Arlo Olson Memorial Park. The Ladies Softball League Tournament will also be held Saturday and Sunday at the Dennis Aaberg Memorial Field.

Sunday, Aug. 18, activities begin with a pancake feed fundraiser by the Deuel County Sparks 4-H Club from 8-11 a.m. at the fire hall. A community church service will be at the Arlo Olson Memorial Park at 10:30 a.m. followed by an ice cream social at Leganger Church. The menu includes sandwiches, beans, chips, pie and ice cream.  

A car show starts at noon on the street east of Toronto Café and Lounge. 

Parade lineup will begin at 1 p.m. at Ag First with a 2 p.m. start. Pickleball will be played at the tennis court following the parade.  

Buttons will be for sale with cash drawings held throughout the weekend. 

For more information, contact Todd Hanna at 695-5809 or Nila Thibodeau at 794-2541, and find Toronto Hi Neighbor Days on Facebook.

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