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Rural Life Celebration a Success


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Beth Cummings, Communications Manager 320.650.1641 or 800.830.8254 ext. 2641




Kathy Langer, Director of Social Concerns

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2017 Rural Life Celebration a glorious success on family organic dairy farm

(Belgrade, MN) - Nearly 475 people braved the rain and attended the 2017 Rural Life Celebration, held Sunday, August 13, 2017, at the Joe & Toni Borgerding family organic dairy farm in the Belgrade/Elrosa area. St. Donatus Parish of Brooten, Saint Francis de Sales Parish of Belgrade and Saints Peter & Paul Parish of Elrosa hosted the annual outdoor family-friendly celebration. Catholic Charities, The Catholic Foundation and the Diocese of St. Cloud were co-sponsors of the event, an annual salute to rural living and the goodness of God's creation.
While the celebration began in the rain, it did not dampen the spirits of the attendees at an outdoor Mass with Bishop Donald Kettler presiding. The crowd stayed dry and warm while enjoying the celebration under a large tent.
Mass was followed by special guest speaker Abbot John Klassen, OSB who spoke of his time growing up on the farm and about the importance of caring for creation for today and for generations to come.
The day concluded with a free lunch that included hot beef sandwiches, chips, freshly picked sweet corn, coleslaw, ice cream and homemade cookies. In addition, the Slew Foot Band, delighted the crowd with bluegrass music and dancing.
Thank you to the parish communities and all of the local individuals and businesses who generously donated their time, talents and gifts to make the celebration possible.

 Joe & Toni Borgerding hosted the Rural Life Celebration on their family organic dairy farm in rural Elrosa.

View more photos from the event on Facebook.