Churchs Ferry Days ahead

Louise Oleson, Editor
This is the recently closed Zion Lutheran Church in Churchs Ferry reflected in the water from Devils Lake that is consuming the town.

It’s a story of surviving against the odds, just like you’d see in the movies, the village of Churchs Ferry continues to ‘hang on’ in spite of being swallowed up by a continually rising Devils Lake.

However, the flooding lake continues to take its toll.

Most recently Churchs Ferry lost its last remaining church as Zion Lutheran Church closed its doors following its final service earlier this month. That building now stands reflected in the water from Devils Lake that surrounds it.

In spite of all its losses, Churchs Ferry is the little town that won’t give up. This coming weekend they are hosting Churchs Ferry Days.

Friday, June 24, the events are planned for the Great American Inn in Devils Lake starting at 5 p.m. and then Saturday, June 25 there’s a full day of activities in Churchs Ferry starting at 10 a.m. in the Churchs Ferry Alumni Center - the town’s former school building.

Located in Ramsey County 21 miles north west of the county seat, Devils Lake, Churchs Ferry sits north of U.S. Highway 2 as it angles toward Leeds, Rugby and Minot.

Founded in 1886, at its height there were 457 people living there in 1910. Area flooding which began in earnest in the 90s brought the population down to 77  in 2000 and by the 2010 census the population was reported as 12.

Churchs Ferry Days Saturday Schedule

•10 a.m. Alumni annual meeting

•11:30 a.m. lunch for the public

•1 p.m. musical entertainment

•2 p.m. Rhubarb pastry  judging contest

•2 - 3 p.m. Crafts, art demonstrations

•2 - 5 p.m. Alumni Museum open

•3 - 6 p.m. Alumni silent auction

•3:30 - 5 p.m. Bingo, horseshoes, visiting

•5 p.m. - Catered swiss steak community supper

•6 p.m. Program and comments from classes, door prizes (honored classes 1941, 1951, 1961 and 1986)

•7:30 p.m. Drawings for raffle prizes followed by visiting