TRIMONT - What began as a way to utilize the town gazebo built for the Trimont Centennial in 1999 has become an annual summer tradition, as Trimont's "Sundaes in the Park" is in its 15th season this summer.
Throughout the summer, local and regional performers take to the gazebo stage, while residents set up their lawn chairs in the park, and enjoy ice cream sundaes for a suggested donation.
In its first year, the season had only four performers. Since then, there has been a maximum of eight performers per season. All perform on a volunteer basis.
"This is going to be a fun summer," said Darwin Anthony, who helps organize the event. "There is so much work that goes into getting everything lined up. But we're really excited about this."
The 2014 season kicks off June 8 with the Trimont Centennial Band.
"The Centennial band formed for the centennial," Anthony recalled.
But much like the gazebo, the centennial band has made itself a permanent part of Trimont summertime. The band has performed nearly each summer during a Sundaes in the Park event.
The second concert will be June 15, with Glenn Henriksen, a pianist from Armstrong. Ryan Faber, a Trimont native who trained with Kirsten Rabbe, will perform at Sundaes in the Park on June 22.
On July 6, the Kittleson family band will perform.
"There's a story there, because the man who designed the gazebo was Jim Scholl, and he married a Kittleson," Anthony said. "So there's a little tie-in to the gazebo there."
On July 20, the performer will be Mike Gonzales, the former owner of El Rodeo in Trimont.
"This will be his second time performing for Sundaes in the Park," Anthony said. "He did a tremendous job, and he's really looking forward to it again."
The season winds down in August with Duane Steen performing Aug. 3, and the Fett Brothers on Aug. 24.
"We still see people coming out, so bring your folding chairs," Anthony said. "The shows start at 6 p.m."