Andrea Koehntop (l) will leave the Morris Area Chamber of Commerce as its Marketing Director. (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

After many years as a summer celebration, the Morris Area Chamber of Commerce will be moving the annual Prairie Pioneer Days festival to September starting in 2019. The move is being made following the results of a survey conducted by the Center for Small Towns, and in consultation with the Morris Tourism Committee, the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, past Prairie Pioneer Days vendors and craftspeople, and the University of Minnesota-Morris. The Chamber’s Marketing Director Andrea Koehntop noted that Prairie Pioneer Days started out as a September event related to the harvest and told KMRS that the move will make it easier to get volunteers to help with the event, and will also attract visitors by avoiding the busy-ness of summer when people are on vacations and the like.

Koehntop also noted that the cooler weather in September may help with attendance. Ribfest will continue to be part of the event. Prairie Pioneer Days will be held the weekend after Labor Day in 2019.

Meanwhile, at last night’s Morris City Council meeting, Council Member Kevin Wohlers voiced his concern for local retailers with the proposed move.

Prairie Pioneer Days is an event put on by the Morris Area Chamber of Commerce. The City’s only official involvement is through the funding it provides via the city’s Tourism office.


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