By Ryan Gueningsman
DELANO, MN This spring, it was a “How the west was one” celebration that took place at the Delano American Legion.
Looking forward to Saturday, Oct. 10, members of the Delano Area Chamber of Commerce Highway 12 Task Force are planning a “How the west was done” celebration complete with food, live music, and more to commemorate the completion of the final phase of Highway 12 road construction in Delano.
At Tuesday morning’s task force meeting, coordinators Harlan Lewis, Steve Johnson, and task force co-chairperson John Tackaberry outlined plans for the event. It will take place with a brief ceremony in the area of the Delano American Legion parking lot, then proceed across the bridge into downtown Delano on Bridge Avenue.
In that area, a tent and stage will be set up, and the four downtown restaurants likely will offer beverage and food specials for the event.
The poster for the event, which was shown for the first time at Tuesday’s meeting, promotes the event as “When the west was done,” and Tackaberry said this isn’t just a street dance, but rather a celebration that all roads through Delano are open and that Delano remains open for business.
The event will occur rain or shine, and people are encouraged to bring “lawn chairs, blankets, and umbrellas.”
The ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Legion is expected to begin at 6 p.m., then live music and a street dance will follow from 7 to 11 p.m. with country and rock hits from the band, Silverado. Also, before the music gets underway, there will be a 5K run.
The run will start at 5:15 p.m. at the intersection of Bridge Avenue and River Street. Entries will be limited to 150, so register early to ensure you don’t miss this fun event, according to organizer Kristin Nelson.
“Join our community in celebrating the conclusion of construction and reopening of Highway 12 in Delano,” Nelson said. “Local businesses will be serving food and drink outside, and there will be many family-friendly events after the run.”
For more details, and to print a registration form for the race, visit the Delano Area Chamber of Commerce web site at www.delanochamber.com.
“It’s designed to come to and have fun,” Tackaberry said of the night. “We’re going to have fun.”
In other task force news, it was noted that the “power lunches” will begin again in November and go through April, taking place at restaurants around Delano on the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month.
Power lunches provide the opportunity for anyone interested to get together and have lunch as a group.