Going western in thanks to customers

People did not leave hungry, as the dental office provided quite a picnic lunch for all of its guests. Around 300 people or more were expected at Soft Dental’s 5th Annual Community Appreciation Picnic on Saturday, Sept. 7. With the weather cooperating, the dental office may have reached that expectation. People enjoying Soft Dental's 5th Annual Community Appreciation Picnic in Rush City on Saturday, Sept. 7. Rachel Roberts, a dental assistant at Soft Dental, gives a tour of the dental office, which is plugged into today’s technology and even has a gym for employees in the lower level. “We are family friendly and aim for a positive experience,” she said. This group of folks including retiring Rush City dentist Bill Kieper and wife Mae, in back, find a cool place to sit and eat their picnic lunch at Soft Dental. Will Volk, 7, a Soft Dental patient from Rush City, finds he’s pretty good at throwing a lasso around the stuffed animal horse target. Assisting many of the children who participated was dental assistant Elizabeth Foss. Members of the North Branch Square Dancing Club put an exclamation mark on the western-themed community appreciation picnic at Soft Dental. North Branch Square Dancing Club members don vivid colors to go with their fancy moves. This gigantic 
tooth character made 
a special appearance 
at the community 
appreciation picnic. This youngster takes advantage of an up-close-and-personal experience with one of the two miniature horses on display. The horses’ owner was nearby and ready to assist if needed. Each child 
received a bandana-style sack of free prizes — 
including fake mustaches, 
temporary tattoos, candy and shiny, plastic sheriff’s badges — which added just the right touch for this photo opportunity.
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Rachel Roberts, a dental assistant at Soft Dental, gives a tour of the dental office, which is plugged into today’s technology and even has a gym for employees in the lower level. “We are family friendly and aim for a positive experience,” she said.

Soft Dental brought a little western fun to Rush City during its 5th Annual Community Appreciation Picnic on Saturday, Sept. 7.

Coming out for this free event, folks had plenty to eat, observed and even participated with the North Branch Square Dancing Club and received tours of the dental office. Kids, especially, loved petting a couple of miniature horses on display, while a lasso game, horseshoes, cool treats from Scoops ice cream truck and western-themed prizes wrapped in red bandanas kept the energy going.

— Photos in above slideshow were taken by Jon Tatting