Delano event kicks off Wednesday night
By Ryan Gueningsman
DELANO, MN On the heels of a down year, organizers of the Fourth of July Celebration in Delano are optimistic this year’s celebration will be back to normal levels.
“The schedule flows better this year, with the celebration taking place Wednesday through Saturday,” said Fourth of July Celebration Committee Chairman Alex Roeser. “But, as last year’s celebration showed with the heat, our crowds are still weather-dependent.”
This year’s celebration will open Wednesday, July 3, and continue through Saturday, July 6. Fireworks will be at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, July 6. The parade is Thursday, July 4 at 10:30 a.m.
Bands booked to perform over the course of Delano’s Fourth of July Celebration include the Shaw Brothers, returning-favorite GB Leighton, Brat Pack Radio, featuring local drummer Pete Johnson; and country group Rocket Club (see more information in today’s special Fourth of July tab).
The committee is also expanding the entertainment, with a second stage being added to the park that will feature more family-friendly activities during the afternoons of the celebration.
Alex the Juggler will perform Wednesday, July 3 at 5 and 6:30 p.m., and again Friday, July 5 at 3 and 4 p.m.
A hidden gem in the Delano Fourth of July Celebration schedule, musician Paul Christian will perform on the second stage Thursday, July 4 at 5 p.m.
Christian was a bit stunned by receving more than 300 comparisons to Chris Isaak and Roy Orbison at almost every show he performed live.
With the ideas of not wanting to follow trends and always burdened by trying new ideas, Christian made the decision of picking up exactly where his first record left off, but instead of doing sad music, he decided to explore writing an album that was supremely happy. The result was “Summertime,” the happiest record he could pen. There were several reasons he went in this direction.
“I was noticing that everyone in my state and much of the Midwest seemed to be mired in some kind of hokey, banjo-laden, boring, sad folk music,” he explained.
Christian once again drew from his influences, but this time the bands represented the other side to Paul’s interests in music, going back to his childhood.
“I wanted to do music that would put a smile on someone’s face, or make them feel that life is really great and fun,” the singer said.
Magician David Farr will perform on the second stage Friday, July 5 at 5:30 and 7 p.m.
Unlike most other entertainers, Farr has never been employed doing anything else besides entertaining people with magic.
His interest in magic began at the age of 10, and he has been able to make a full-time living performing it, specializing in entertainment for corporate dinner parties. You may have also seen Farr as the official magician of the Minnesota Twins for six seasons.
The Teddy Bear Band will also be a draw to Central Park, with a performance set for Saturday, July 6 at noon.
The music and fun of Teddy Bear Band is created with the intent for children to gain and maintain a positive sense of self and an appreciation of their own abilities.
“Adult friendly” opportunities are provided to encourage parents and teachers to join in the fun as role models to support this process. Participation and interaction are cornerstone concepts of the Teddy Bear Band’s musical shows.
Many other events scheduled
Three shows from the Minnesota Disc Dog Club Frisbee dogs are also set to take place Saturday, July 6 at 3, 5, and 7 p.m.
At the end of each of the dog shows, there will be a meet-and-greet and question-and-answer session. The organization is a non-profit club that loves dogs, disc-dogging, and just having fun.
The club hosts competitions, performs shows, and hosts play dates to give people a chance to practice their skills and connect with other disc-doggers.
The ever-popular kiddie parade will take place Saturday, July 6 at 11 a.m., and the American Legion Patriot Program is set for 3 p.m. the same day, in Central Park.
The 29th annual 5K run will take place Thursday, July 4 throughout the streets of Delano, beginning at 9:30 a.m. sharp.
The certified run will start on St. Peter Avenue, near the Delano Crossings Shopping Center, and wind its way along the parade route down to Central Park.
See the sidebar for the complete Fourth of July schedule, including the ever-popular baseball and softball tournaments, beanbag tournament, carnival, bingo, and more.
For last-minute updates, follow the link from the Delano Herald Journal homepage and see the special section in today’s newspaper.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Wednesday, July 3
11 a.m. Legion Baseball Tournament begins
5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Alex the Juggler, on the 2nd stage, 2 shows
5 p.m. Bingo Stand opens
5 p.m. Food booths open
5 p.m. GoldStar Carnival opens
Wrist Band Night 5 -10 p.m. ($25 unlimited)
6 p.m. Softball Tournaments begins
7 p.m. Delano Royalty Ambassador Coronation High School Auditorium
8 p.m. - 12 a.m. - Entertainment Tent - Shaw Brothers Band
Thursday, July 4 Town roads close at 9:00 a.m.
8 a.m. - Grandstand opens
9:30 a.m. - Annual 5K Run, registration begins at Delano Crossing Mall at 7:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. - Minnesota’s Oldest and Largest Parade with Grand Marshal, Mike Max
12 p.m. - Bingo Stand opens
12 p.m. - Food booths open
12 p.m. - GoldStar Carnival opens
12 - 5 p.m. Wrist Bands ($25 unlimited)
12:30 p.m. - Softball Tournaments cont.
3 p.m. - Legion Baseball Tournament cont.
2 - 5 p.m. Entertainment Tent, Smith and Western
5 - 8 p.m. - Family Entertainment Stage, Paul Christian
8 p.m. 12 a.m. - Entertainment Tent - Brian Leighton
Friday, July 5
12 p.m. - Bingo Stand opens
12 p.m. - Food booths open
12 p.m. - GoldStar Carnival, opens
12 p.m. - Legion Baseball Tournament cont.
3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Alex the Juggler, 2nd stage, 2 shows
5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. David Farr, Magician, 2nd stage, 2 shows
8 p.m. - 12 a.m. - Entertainment Tent - Brat Pack Radio
Saturday, July 6
9 a.m. - Softball Tournaments cont.
Championship 8:30 p.m.
10 a.m. - Bean Bag Tournament
10 a.m. - Firemen’s Water Ball Tournament
11 a.m. - Food Booths open
11 a.m. - Kiddie Parade
12 p.m. - Family Entertainment Stage, Balgaard Brothers
12 p.m. - Family Entertainment Stage, Teddy Bear Band
12 p.m. - Legion Baseball Tournament cont. Championship 7:45 p.m.
1:30 p.m. - Kiddie Tractor Pull
3 p.m. - Family Entertainment Stage, American Legion Patriot Program
3, 5, 7 p.m. - Frisbee Dogs at Zitzloff Field
8 p.m. - 12 a.m. - Entertainment Tent - Rocket Club10:30 p.m. - Huge Fireworks Show