Clara City CrossRoads on the Prairie

Clara City was first conceived around the year 1887 when Theodore F. Koch and Martin W. Prins bought the land that would eventually be incorporated. After the Willmar & Sioux Falls Railway was granted access to Koch and Prins' land, the city grew quickly. Clara City was named after Koch's wife, and was incorporated in 1891. Now it stands as a beautiful crossroads on the prairie.

There some delicious places to grab a bite in Clara City.

If you're there in the morning, you may want to stop into R&R Bakery which is connected up with The Coffee Shoppe. The cookies and pastries at the bakery are incredible to look at and to eat; plus they pair perfectly with coffee. the seating in The Coffee Shoppe is comfortable and the service is first-rate. The connected establishments have wonderful staff and is the perfect place to eat breakfast or a snack and have a cup of coffee.

R&R Bakery and The Coffee Shoppe

For lunch or dinner, Keggers Bar is the perfect option. The inside is super clean and homey with lots of tables (both high and low ones) and a long bar, so there's plenty of places to sit. The waitstaff, as well as the patrons in the bar, are very friendly and welcoming! The food is absolutely delicious. The burgers are out of this world and the fries are really well-seasoned. It's a fantastic place to meet up with friends for a night out or to watch the game.

Keggers Bar

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If you want to browse around a lovely shop, try the Wild Hare Floral & Garden Center. They have gorgeous flowers and floral arrangements to buy or order. There are beautiful picture frames, vases, decorative garden pavers, and even greeting cards and stuffed animals. Besides the merchandise, the store itself is stunning, so there is no excuse to not stop in and look around.

Prairie Fest takes place in Clara City over a long weekend at the start of July. There is a lot to do in the beautiful City Park. Friday evening there are five dollar sub sandwiches as well as flavored ice cream in the main shelter of the park. From the bleachers and picnic tables, people watch the Kiddie Parade of children and families who dressed up according to a theme -- in 2016 it was "Tiny Pioneers."

There was also performances by Jolly Promenaders, County Line Squares, Spares & Pairs, and Koronis Nite Owls. The square dancers were decked out in costumes and matching t-shirts. They danced several songs in three squares for everyone to see. But, it was not long until they asked audience members to participate too! Soon everyone from little girls to festival royalty, to reluctant dads, was dancing with the help of the dancers and Gene Hoffman. It was so much fun! People were laughing, dancing, and enjoying their community.

Along with dancing, there was also a beer tent and beanbag tournament which was fun to watch and fun to participate in -- everyone had smiles on their faces!

After giving people enough time to get dancing and win the beanbag tournament, music at Hinterland Vineyard began. Jerry Ostensoe played his soulful and bluesy tunes in the lawn in front of the grapes while the audience sat at tables and chairs enjoying tasty pizza, fries, and, of course, wine. It was a beautiful way to end the Friday night of Prairie Fest in Clara City.

Prairie Fest isn't the only event in Clara City either; they host large craft fairs twice a year, along with other wonderful community events!

Don't be afraid to settle down

Clara City isn't just a place to stop by - it's a place to live as well! There are two residential subdivisions, Hawk Creek Acres and the Hanson Addition with homes for sale, and even construction lots available. The community is home to five local churches, the MACCRAY junior and senior high schools, a swimming pool, and senior housing and care centers.

To continue exploring Clara City, and other towns in the Upper Minnesota Valley region, head to the Western Minnesota Prairie Waters website.

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