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More than 300 horses, mules expected at Cutter Parade

From staff reports

KENYON -- More than 300 horses and mules will be among the attractions Saturday at the Don Knopf Memorial Carriage and Cutter Parade.

The 27th annual event will begin at 1:30 p.m. in Kenyon, which is about 40 miles northwest of Rochester at the junction of Minnesota highways 56 and 60.

The parade is the largest of its kind in the state, highlighting the different breeds of horses and mules that will pull wagons, buggies and cutters, and carry other riders, along the parade route. About 50 units have registered, and the number is expected to increase.

Pre-parade activities for kids begin at 11 a.m. on Main Street and include free pony rides, wagon rides, a petting zoo and Newfoundland dog cart rides. Members of the Cannon Valley Shriners Clown Club will entertain children.

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There will also be a re-enactment at 1:15 p.m. of a robbery of a Security State Bank gold shipment by the James/Younger Gang from Northfield's Defeat of Jesse James Days and the Cannon Old West Society.

Baked goods and other food will be for sale at indoor and outdoor booths. Kenyon merchants will offer store bargains. Kenyon Area Historical Society members will conduct tours every half hour at Kenyon's Historic Gunderson House from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There is a small cost for this event.

Free shuttle bus rides are available from Main Street to all venues, courtesy of Held Bus Service of Kenyon.

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