Madelia Park Days

The Grand Parade had several Grand Marshals this years as the Madelia Community Hospital & Clinic received the high honor.

MADELIA — The 43rd Madelia Park Days Celebration kicked of Friday with a Grand Parade down Main St. and Benzel Ave.

There were 60 entries in this year’s lineup. It took over an hour for the parade to pass by the spectators.

There was concern early in the day the Grand Parade would need cancelled due to the weather.

Madelia Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karla Angus said the rain came early in the morning and hung around until 3:30 p.m. By 7 p.m., the sun was out and the parade could go on without a hitch.

Angus said the evening fireworks were moved to Saturday night because of the weather, but this was the only change to the Park Days celebration. All other events remained as scheduled.

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt Several costumed characters roamed the parade. One foxy looking character was a favorite of the kids because he gave high-fives and hugs.

Following the parade the spectators moved from Main Street to the American Legion for a live musical performance from Switchroad Band.

The celebration will continue Saturday and Sunday. Events will scattered throughout Madelia.

On Saturday, Madelia Community Hospital Foundation will sponsor a 5K. Registration is at Madelia Town Hall (519 Dill Ave. SW). The run begins at 9 a.m.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rivers Edge Art & More Fair will be held at Main & Center Street. The event will feature over 60 crafters and artisans.

The free “Kids Fun-Zone” carnival will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Madelia Library.

The SuFuDu drum-line from Sioux Falls, SD entertained parade spectators during the Park Days Grand Parade.

A free Blues Festival starts at 11:40 a.m. in the American Legion parking lot. This year will feature performances from Phil Kitze & the Resonators, Inside Straights Blue Band, Billy and the Bangers, Boom Boom Steve V and the Knockouts and Davy Knowles.

The fireworks were rescheduled for 10 p.m. Saturday night.

On Sunday, the Madelia Fireman’s Pancake Breakfast will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the St. Mary’s School (223 1st St. NE).

The Men’s 3 Man Best Shot Golf Tournament begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Madelia Golf Course. Registration for the tournament is from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

A community worship service will be held at 10 a.m. Bethel Church (501 4th St. SW).

The Schell’s Hobo Band managed to travel all the way from New Ulm to help celebrate Park Days.