Sheryl Crow could see her breath as she sang one of her hits, "Soak Up the Sun," before a crowd estimated at 15,000 in Cottage Grove on Saturday night. Crow headlined the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train anniversary concert in the community in her fifth visit to the state this year.
The South Washington County Bulletin reported the singer and her band were as bundled up as the fans who came to the free show. The story said that crowd thinned near the end of Crow’s 40-minute set as the temperature dropped from the mid-teens to the single digits. Local organizers had anticipated 20,000 to 30,000 people, but acknowledged that the weather trimmed the crowd.
WCCO reported it was the 15th year that the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train had rolled into Cottage Grove to raise money for the Friends in Need Food Shelf. The St. Paul Park organization that provides food for needy residents received $25,000 from Canadian Pacific in addition to the $103,000 the local Holiday Train Committee has raised.
KSTP reported that the show also featured the music of Take 6 and The Claytones. The Claytones will perform at the other stops for the Holiday Train. On Sunday, the train will make stops in Loretto at 4:30 p.m., Buffalo at 6 p.m., Annandale at 7:30 p.m. and Kimball at 9 p.m. It travels on to stops in Glenwood, Alexandria, Detroit Lakes, Winger, Plummer, Thief River Falls and Elbow Lake before heading into North Dakota where it will wrap up its U.S. journey on Dec. 18.