SOS kicks off today

MARSHALL – It’s time once again to come together for music, fun and food during Marshall’s Sounds of Summer. And this year, organizers said the festival will feature an expanded lineup of music and events for all ages.

“We try to make it a fun-filled weekend for everyone,” said Sounds of Summer Committee member Marc Klaith. Many area residents, organizations and businesses have come together to help make that happen, he said.

As the name of the festival suggests, free musical entertainment is a big part of Sounds of Summer. Last year, concert events drew a strong turnout, said Sounds of Summer Committee member Russ Labat.

“We thought maybe by expanding the music on Thursday night, it would help it grow a little more,” he said.

The tunes start this afternoon, as the Marv Nissel Band performs at the YMCA, in a tribute to the Blue Moon Ballroom. Musical performances will be featured downtown on Thursday and Saturday. Area performers like Kayla Daniels and vocal group Popular Demand will be part of the festivities, as well as concerts by the Guilty Pleasures Orchestra on Thursday night and Stray Voltage on Saturday night.

Labat and Klaith said both bands have area connections. Guilty Pleasures Orchestra bassist and vocalist Craig Olson grew up in the Marshall area, and the members of Stray Voltage include members of the bands the Cavemen and Tilly and the Timebombs.

The concerts will feature plenty of favorites and rock ‘n’ roll classics from the 1950s through the 1980s.

Family fun events are another major part of Sounds of Summer, Klaith said. This year’s festival is no exception and features both new events and the return of past favorites like the Marshall Fire Department’s Splash Party, which will be Sunday at the Marshall Aquatic Center.

“We’re excited to bring it back again. The kids really enjoy it, and actually our firefighters enjoy it too,” Klaith said.

Two more events that will be returning this year include the Marshall Hockey golf scramble on Friday and the Sounds of Summer Royalty competition on Thursday.

“It’s really a royalty talent show,” featuring youth from around Lyon County, Labat said.

Food and family events will also come together during Smokefest at Southwest Minnesota State University on Friday. While Smokefest competitors try to take the prize for best barbecue, members of the public can enjoy a family carnival, bean bag tournament and outdoor showings of family movies.

This year’s Sounds of Summer will also have a wide variety of food vendors to serve growing crowds, Labat said. Marshall restaurants will be represented on Thursday and Saturday and will be joined by Louba’s Lunch Wagon on Saturday. A pair of fundraiser suppers will be held Thursday and Saturday by the Marshall American Legion and VFW, and the Marshall Fire Department, respectively. The American Legion and VFW will be raising money to add features honoring veterans to Marshall’s Memorial Park, while the Fire Department will be fundraising for its 125th anniversary celebration in 2015.

All Thursday and Saturday downtown events will be held at the Schwan downtown parking lots.

Today

MAFAC annual photography competition and exhibit

4-7 p.m. Blue Moon Revisited featuring the Marv Nissel Band at the YMCA

Thursday

MAFAC annual photography competition and exhibit

5:30 p.m. Presentation of Colors by the American Legion

5:30-6:30 p.m. Popular Demand

5:30-8 p.m. Pulled pork supper (limited to 450 tickets). Fundraiser for veterans section at Memorial Park.

Domino’s Pizza, Cold Stone Creamery, and beer garden by the Hitching Post.

Pony rides, face painting and inflatables for kids.

5:45 p.m. Sports/Recreation mural dedication with Terry Fogarty

6:30-7:15 p.m. Sounds Of Summer royalty competition

8-11 p.m. Guilty Pleasures Orchestra

Friday

MAFAC annual photography competition and exhibit

Friends of the Library book sale at Marshall-Lyon County Library

12:30 p.m. Marshall Hockey Golf Scramble at the Marshall Golf Club. Social and dinner to follow.

7 p.m. “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” MASC Shakespeare in the Park, Liberty Park

8:30 p.m. 7th Annual Marshall Idol finale at the Gambler

SMSU Smokefest:

5:30-8:30 p.m. Smokefest carnival

6 p.m. Bean bag tournament

6:30-7 p.m. Meet the Mustangs autograph session

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

7:30 p.m. Free movie: “Frozen”

9 p.m Free movie: “Divergent”

Saturday

MAFAC annual photography competition and exhibit

Shades of the Past Cruise In Spectacular and Poker Run

Friends of the Library book sale at Marshall-Lyon County Library

7 a.m.-noon Farmers market at the Schwan parking lot, corner of West College Drive and Saratoga Street

7:30 a.m. Registration begins for 6th annual Tiger 5000 5K race and walk, at Independence Park. Race at 8:30 a.m.

8 a.m.- noon Rotary pancake breakfast at YMCA

9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Family Fun event, hosted by Escape Spa at 301 S. 2nd Street. Carnival games, face painting, sidewalk chalk, bounce houses, adult craft fair, Louba’s Lunch Wagon on site. Admission $5.

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Children’s programs at Marshall-Lyon County Library

4 p.m Grand festival parade

5-8 p.m. Fundraiser for Marshall Fire Department 125th anniversary celebration in 2015. Burgers and more!

5:30-6:30 p.m. Music by Kayla Daniels

6 p.m. Performance by Marshall Tiger Dance Team and Lil’ Tiger Dance Camp participants

7 p.m. “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” MASC Shakespeare in the Park, Liberty Park

7:15-8:15 p.m. Music by Kayla Daniels

7:30-8:30 p.m. Little Pedalers and adult tractor pull

Inflatables and train rides for kids, food including Pizza Ranch, Louba’s Lunch Wagon, All American Hot Dogs, Kettle Korn.

9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Free outdoor concert by Stray Voltage. Beer garden by the Hitching Post. No coolers allowed.

Sunday

10 a.m. Community praise service in Liberty Park

1-3 p.m. Splash party at Marshall Aquatic Center. Free admission all day

5 p.m. “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” MASC Shakespeare in the Park, Liberty Park