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Staff photo by Fritz Busch Crazy Days Saturday shoppers raise their hands, ready to grab ping pong balls with discounts written on them, falling from the roof of the Inspire Wedding + Event Center, 126 N. Minnesota St.

NEW ULM – A crush of Crazy Days shoppers surrounded the new Inspire Wedding + Event Center on Saturday morning as ping pong balls with discounts written on them were dropped from the roof of the building.

Late Saturday morning, shoppers were still flocking to Guten Tag Haus, a German specialty import store selling cuckoo clocks, tankards, glass Christmas ornaments and other items from Germany.

“I think we had a great Crazy Days sale. Most of our customers were from out of town. A lot of them start coming Thursday,” said store owner Cindy Stabenow. “We had people from the Twin Cities, Omaha and North and South Dakota.”

Sandy Reinke, owner of Bailey Creek Boutique, said business started picking up on Friday. She said Saturday morning shoppers included people from Wisconsin, southern Iowa, Rochester and Austin.

Jeanie Hinsman from the New Ulm Art and Fair Trade Store, featuring local art and fair trade giveaways from around the world, spoke about the importance of buying local.

“My personal philosophy is that a strong community supports its own businesses”, said Hinsman. “We need a bustling downtown. It’s a wonderful opportunity for people.

“Retail is changing. Some big box stores aren’t as popular as they used to be. Some people like small shops,” Peg Sundell told New Ulm’s Own outlet. “A lot of people here have a strong attachment to small stores.”

Crazy Days was a three day event this year in New Ulm.

Sidewalk sales began Friday, continued Saturday and Sunday for some businesses. Saturday featured the Farmers Market on German Street and food trucks. The market continues from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays in the Cash Wise Foods parking lot.

The New Ulm Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring a free event for New Ulm newcomers from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, August 4 at Turner Hall.

For more information, visit the Chamber of Commerce of the New Ulm Region on Facebook and online at newulm.com.

(Fritz Busch can be emailed to [email protected])



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