Marion Days set for next weekend

July 28, 2016

A team of mounted riders head down the parade route.

A team of mounted riders head down the parade route.

By John Raffel
Correspondent

A packed weekend is set for Marion Days on Aug. 5-7 with a major emphasis of “Celebrate our Veterans.”

The three days will feature outdoor family enjoyment, hot dog roast, street sales, duck race, music, canoe, kayak race, parade and many more activities.

Marion village clerk Marsha Turner agreed the Marion Days is the biggest event for the village and chamber of commerce.
“There’s a lot of people around,” Turner said.

Janet Flemming of the chamber and Flemming’s Clothing Store has observed how popular the weekend has been.

“We have several children events and the children parade,” she said. “Probably very unique is we have a duck race, since the river goes right through the middle of town. We usually sell 1,800 ducks or so. They’re little plastic ducks. They dump them all in here and float on through the middle of town and to the other end.”

The river provides many other opportunities for unique events, she indicated.

The grand parade lineup is 3-4 p.m. at the high school on Saturday. The grand parade, honoring Marion area veterans, will be 3:30-4:30 p.m. All veterans are invited to participate in the parade.

“We’re hoping to have a lot of the veterans,” Flemming said. “If they can’t walk in the parade, we’ll have something they can ride in. Our theme is honoring the veterans from the Marion area.”

Friday activities include the yard sale and bingo 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the VFW Hall and the same time for the United Methodist Church sidewalk sale and the horseshoe beverage tent. At 5 p.m., the 50/50 ticket sales begin.

Saturday’s activities will feature crafts, demonstrations and more at the Old Stone Church, sponsored by Friends Ministry. Marion Days 5K Run/Walk begins 8:30 a.m, at the high school. There’s also the golf scramble at Birch Valley Golf Course, an 18-hole event, starting early in the morning. The softball tournament also starts Saturday morning.

A children’s event is set for 9 a.m to noon with the Osceola Sheriff’s fingerprint ID for children at the village hall. The Marion fire truck display at the village hall is set for the same time period. The Farmers Market at the River Parking Lot goes from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. There’s also the Marion Historical Museum Open house 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the children’s penny scramble for youngsters 10 and under, brought in memory of Ivan Herr by the river; the spinning guild at the library 10 a.m. to noon, and the children’s parade at the bank parking lot, 10-11 a.m. The children’s games and face painting at the river parking lot goes from 10:30 a.m. to noon,

The horseshoe tournament is set for 10-11 a.m. at Veteran’s Park. There’s the bingo and yard sale at the VFW Hall 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., plus the Steve D One Man Band at the village hall 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the Methodist church luncheon is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The VFW chicken barbecue is at the VFW Hall, noon to 3 p.m., canoe/kayak races on the milk pond are noon to 1 p.m. and the children’s frog and toad jumping contest by the river is noon to 1 p.m. The Marion School Alumni open house, 1-2:30 p.m., is set at the elementary school with a short program starting at 2:30 p.m.

The fireman’s water battle on Main Street is 1-2 p.m., while the frosty freeze banana split eating contest for 16 and under is 1-2 p.m. After the parade, one major activity is the 50/50 drawing for cash winners at the chamber booth in front of Flemming Clothing. The duck race at the river is 5:30-6:30 p.m.

The Marion car show is also featured at the fairgrounds and Veterans Memorial Park on Saturday.

The horseshoe beverage tent is open 11 a.m. on Aug. 6 and to 1 a.m. on Aug. 7.

Sunday activities include the VFW Breakfast 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the VFW Hall and the volleyball tournament at veterans park, starting at 9 a.m.

“We have a lot of vendors on the street,” Flemming said. “We have quite a few that plan to come home for that weekend. I’d say it’s just as popular as ever.”

The show goes on regardless of the weather, she indicated.



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