Sounds likes a festival

MARSHALL – Music, food and all-ages fun – everyone can get behind an event like that, organizers of this year’s Sounds of Summer Festival said. There’s more variety than ever this year, organizers said.

“There’s something for everyone, young and old,” said Karen Cole, a member of the Sounds of Summer committee.

Sounds of Summer organizers said the event has continued to pick up steam over the past five years. New sponsors and events have come forward to add to the festival, said committee member Russ Labat.

There’s a lot going on this week, said committee member Marc Klaith. “And it’s all positive things. We’re pulling together as a community,” he said.

“I think people are glad to see that our town can have a celebration,” Cole said.

One of the key ingredients for Sounds of Summer is music, and there will be something for everyone, organizers said. The festivities kick off Wednesday with Blue Moon Revisited, a tribute to the Blue Moon ballroom. Music will be provided by the Siks.

Community events of different kinds will be going on throughout the day Thursday. The “For All Who Have Served” veterans event will be held downtown, at the Mercantile Building.

“Hopefully it will be as good or better” than last year’s event at the Lyon County Fairgrounds, said event organizer Jeff Gay.

Gay said the event will combine a job fair for veterans, as well as a benefits expo where veterans and military service members can learn more about benefits and assistance opportunities. Information and resources will be available on topics ranging from education, to military health benefits and retirement benefits, Gay said.

“We want to help retirees to understand their benefits much better,” he said.

Later on, the Walking Phoenixes, the Johnny Cash tribute band that played at last year’s For All Who Have Served event, will give a free public concert downtown.

Thursday will also be a day for community members to come together for fun, food, and support of local cancer treatment options. Sounds of Summer organizers said Relay for Life and Avera Marshall will be hosting a community picnic, with freewill donations going toward construction of a cancer institute at the hospital. Relay for Life will also be holding a silent auction rescheduled from June’s Feat at the Fairgrounds, which had been canceled because of a storm.

Local residents will also want to stick around to watch the new Sounds of Summer Royalty competition.

“It seems like every community celebration has some type of royalty,” Labat said. This year, Marshall won’t be an exception. Labat said several young contestants, from age 5 to age 19, will have a chance to showcase their talents Thursday.

On Friday, the festivities will move to Southwest Minnesota State University, where BBQ lovers can enjoy Smokefest. As in previous years, the event will combine good food and fun for both kids and adults, including a carnival, bean bag tournament and outdoor movies.

Saturday will be a big day for the festival, with events starting bright and early in the morning. A fly-in pancake breakfast will be held at the Marshall airport, and the Marshall-Lyon County Library will have a book sale and activities for kids. In the afternoon, the Grand Parade will take place, and afterwards families can enjoy food and attractions for the kids.

Members of the Marshall Fire Department will be having a fundraiser, with the proceeds going toward the department’s 125th anniversary celebration in 2015.

“We’re going to have burgers and brats,” Klaith said.

The main attraction Saturday night will be a free concert by the band Nasty Habit, featuring both rock and country music.

Sunday will close the festival, with events including the community praise service at the Liberty Park bandshell, and the unveiling and dedication of Marshall’s newest community artwork.

A statue of Mary Whitney, an early Marshall settler and the woman who gave the town its name, will be dedicated at Liberty Park. The dedication will mark the end of a long planning and design process for the sculpture. Local artist Jim Dahl was originally commissioned to sculpt the statue. After Dahl died suddenly last year, artist John Sterner continued the project with a new statue design.

Schedule of events

(Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at the Schwans parking lot on West College Drive.)

Tues., Aug. 13 – Sept. 20 – Robert Schwan Memorial Photography Competition and Exhibit at MAFAC


4:30 p.m. – Blue Moon Revisited, with music by the Siks, at the Marshall Area YMCA


Friends of the Library Book Sale at Marshall-Lyon County Library

Noon – For All Who Have Served: veterans job fair and military benefits expo at Marshall Mercantile building

5-10:30 p.m. – Inflatables, pony rides and face painting

5:30 p.m. – Robert Schwan Photography Awards Presentation

5:30 p.m. – Relay for Life Community Picnic. Free will donation for pulled pork sandwich, chips and beverage. All proceeds go toward Avera Marshall cancer center.

5-7 p.m. – American Cancer Society/Relay for Life silent auction

6-7:15 p.m. – Sounds of Summer Royalty competition

7:30 p.m. – Ceremony honoring cancer survivors

8-10:30 p.m. – Free performance by the Walking Phoenixes


Friends of the Library Book Sale at Marshall-Lyon County Library

1 p.m. – Marshall Hockey golf scramble at Marshall Golf Club. Social and dinner to follow.

7 p.m. – Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” at Liberty Park

SMSU Smokefest:

5 – Midnight – Beverage garden open

5:30-8:30 p.m. – Smokefest Carnival, and vending area featuring authentic BBQ provided by Hy-Vee

6 p.m. – Smokefest beanbag tournament begins

6:30-7:30 p.m. – Mustang Booster Club kickoff picnic

7:30 p.m. – Outdoor movies at the Schwan Regional Events Center


Friends of the Library Book Sale at Marshall-Lyon County Library

Shades of the Past Cruise-in Spectacular and Poker Run

7 – Noon – Farmers market

7:30 a.m. – Tiger 5000 5K run at Independence Park

8 – Noon – Fly-in Pancake Breakfast at Marshall Ryan Field Airport

8 a.m. – 4 p.m. – KidsID program at Marshall Adult Community Center

10 a.m.- 2 p.m. – Children’s activities at Marshall-Lyon County Library

4 p.m. – Grand Festival Parade. Inflatables and train rides for kids will be available after the parade.

5 – 8 p.m. – Fundraiser for Fire Dept. 125th anniversary. Burgers, brats and more.

6 p.m. – Performance by Marshall Tiger Dance Team and Lil’ Tiger dance camp participants

7:30 p.m. – Little Peddlers pedal pull

7 p.m. – Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” at Liberty Park

8-10 p.m. – Hy-Vee pizza by the slice

9 p.m. – Free outdoor concert featuring Nasty Habit


10 a.m. – Community praise service at Liberty Park

Noon – 6 p.m. – Back to School Bonanza at Marshall Aquatic Center. Free admission for all.

12:30 p.m. – Dedication of Mrs. Whitney statue at Liberty Park

5 p.m. – Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” at Liberty Park