By Ryan Gueningsman
DELANO, MN On the heels of a banner year, the Delano Fourth of July Celebration Committee is kicking things into gear, planning for this year’s celebration.
The dates for the 2010 celebration have been set for Thursday, July 1 through Sunday, July 4.
Several changes are in the works, including the coronation for the Delano Royalty Organization being moved to Thursday, July 1. As had been done in years prior, it will take place at Central Park.
Plans to add a bean bag tournament are underway, and rumors about pickles on a stick are also in the air.
Over the four days of events, one can join tens of thousands as they enjoy the American Legion wood bat baseball tournament, modified and slow pitch softball tournaments, nightly dances under the big top, a kiddie parade, bingo, a wide variety of food and drink, helicopter rides, and Buck Zumhofe’s Rock-N-Roll Wrestling, all surrounded by the fun and excitement of GoldStar Amusements.
For more updates on the celebration, watch the Delano Herald Journal, visit www.delano4th.com, or become a fan of the Delano Fourth of July Celebration on Facebook.
Live music schedule set
The entertainment lineup has also been announced, and features plenty of top-notch local and regional talent. As always, there is no admission charge to enjoy the live music at the Fourth of July Celebration in Delano.
Returning for its second year in a row will be Hairball, which will get things rolling in style Thursday, July 1 from 8 p.m. to midnight.
Hairball is the “world’s ultimate ‘80s rock impersonation act,” recreating the good-time party atmosphere of the decadent decade with unmatched authenticity. Hairball’s unique dual frontman assault, featuring veteran vocalists Rockstar Bob and Kris Voxx, sets them apart from other ‘80s tributes.
They alternate their stage time, bringing new characters and costumes to the stage every five to 10 minutes.
This relentless, rapid-fire style is constant, enabling Hairball to represent more than 20 of the 1980s biggest and most colorful rock and roll superstars, including Guns ‘n Roses, Whitesnake, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Motley Crue, Ozzy, AC/DC, Journey, Poison, and more.
The core of Hairball consists of guitarist Happy, bassist Shawn “Sports” Pop and drummer Colt Python.
The party continues Friday, July 2 with regional favorite, Uncle Chunk.
Uncle Chunk formed in 1996, consisting of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Joey Bergdahl, lead guitarist Michael Bussert, bassist Nate Edwards and drummer Jon Lusk.
In 2003, Mike Schultz replaced Michael Bussert in the lead guitar role. A Twin Cities-based band, Uncle Chunk plays the best modern alternative rock around.
Local favorite Butch Automatic will be taking the stage Saturday, July 3. The eight-piece band of local musicians is one of the best, high-energy classic rock show bands around.
The band covers a wide variety of rock music from the 1960s to the 1980s, and all of the songs on the set list have appeared on Billboard’s top ten.
Butch Automatic also has time-tested, show stopping productions that make a truly entertaining and memorable event.
Rounding things out musically will be country favorite High Noon Sunday, July 4.
The band’s passion is its fans and the guys love to play. Offering great new country songs from Rascal Flatts to Toby Keith, Keith Urban to Dierks Bentley, and all the other top names in country, with a few classics from the last four decades and originals thrown in, High Noon is deservedly one of the top country rock bands around.
High Noon celebrated its 25th year in 2008, and has been on the leading edge of the regional and national music scene for over two decades, continuing to stay fresh and exciting by always having the area’s top musicians and production.
High Noon’s latest CD, “Legacy” was released in March 2008, and the band was also recently inducted into the Midwest Rock and Country Hall of Fame.