Dashing into Meadowfest

Published 9:53 am Thursday, June 23, 2016

Meadowfest will again bring out the whole community of Grand Meadow for kids’ games and good music this weekend.

A big reason for the festival is to promote Grand Meadow and let visitors see what the community has to offer, said event coordinator Greg Lamp.

“It truly does seem to bring out everybody in the community,” Lamp said. “People that you don’t see a lot come out for this annual festival.”

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The biggest draw is the parade and chicken fry. The festival has been hosted for at least the past 75 years and shows no signs of stopping.

“Those two events kind of go hand-in-hand,” he said. “That kind of seems like the traditional event for most everybody.”

Live entertainment at the beer garden is also a crowd-pleaser, Lamp said.

“It really brings people out that maybe don’t get out quite as much,” Lamp added. “It kind of brings everybody to town. It’s really a wonderful community gathering.”

Schedule at a glance:

Live Music:

Friday: 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., County Line Drive

Saturday: 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Diesel Drive

Sunday: 12:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., In House Music

Schedule at a glance:

Thursday, June 23:

•Treasure/Scavenger Hunt: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., get clues at the public library

•Sidewalk chalk coloring contest and story time: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in front of the Grand Meadow Healthcare Center. Stories every hour on the half hour.

•Kids’/Family Fun Night: 7 to 8 p.m. at school gym

Friday, June 24:

•Bingo: 6:30 to 8 p.m. 25 cent cards — 100 percent payback, The Meadows Assisted Living

•Meadowfest Mad Dash 5K Run/Walk: 7 p.m. at the school, under 12 kids’ 1/2 or 1/4 mile fun run is at the track and field, contact Lisa Glynn 507-754-4376

Saturday, June 25:

•Coffee and Bake Sale: 8 to 10 a.m., at community center

•Book Sale and Quilt Raffle: 9 a.m. to noon, public library, contact Alicia 507-754-5859

•Meadowfest Car Show: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Business Center parking lot, contact Dan Sween, 507-251-9755.

•Parade: 2 p.m., contact Fran Baudoin at 507-259-7309

•Co-Ed Volleyball Tournament: city park, $60 entry fee, register by June 23, Skjenke Bom Lounge, 507-754-5050, contact Ben Thorsen at 507-208-2007 or Adam Knutson at 507-273-6813

•Chicken BBQ: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Firemen’s Beer Garden, $8.50, proceeds go towards fireworks

•Kids’ rides: noon to 6 p.m., closed during parade, $10 armbands for rides, at Veteran’s Memorial Park

•Money sand pile: 3:30 p.m. after parade at Veteran’s Memorial Park

•Kids’ Pedal Pull: 3:30 pm. after parade at Veteran’s Memorial Park, ages 4 to 11, sanctioned

•Men’s Softball Tourney: Saturday and Sunday at city ball fields, contact Jason Boe at 507-438-5051

•Community Art Show: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Meadows Assisted Living, contact Susie Kjeer at 507-754-5343 or Marcia Carman at 507-272-0281

•G.A.R. Hall Open House: Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with 1 p.m. special presentation; Sunday noon to 3 p.m., “Minnesota in the Civil War” by John Haymond

Sunday, June 26:

•Ecumenical Church Service: 10 a.m. at school cafetorium, contact Kristie Skifter at 507-259-5394

•Church dinner: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lutheran Church, barbecues, potato salad, chips, beans, dessert and beverage, adults $6, kids $3, takeout available.

•Kids’ Water Fights: 1 p.m. by city park, prizes for winning teams

•Bean Bag Bash: sign up at 1 p.m. at fire department beer garden, ages 16 and over, $40 entry fee — 50 percent payout, 3-flight pooling double elimination tourney

•Football Skills Challenge: 1 to 2 p.m. at Memorial Park

•Kids’ Kickball Tourney: 3 p.m., grade 6 and under, free, at Memorial Park

•Kids’ Candy Bar Bingo and Horse Races: 4 p.m. at the beer garden

Jordan Gerard contributed to this report.