Festival offers something for all

At the Owatonna parade, the Milaca High School marching band placed third in the AA class with a score of 73.3. At Zumbrota this past weekend, the Wolves earned first place honors in open class competition with a score of 76.0. The band earned the outstanding color guard and wind section awards at that event as well.

Harkening back to the days when the Gateway to the Northland Festival was more than just a parade (even a great, big, impressive parade), this year’s line-up of events for the third week in June offers something for everyone.

Tuesday kicked off events with the Kiddie Parade and Little and Senior Masters program.

Thursday offers Kidz Day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Maple Ridge Mall next to Dairy Queen. Thursday at 6 p.m., bring the lawn chairs and arrive early to see the Gateway to the Northland parade, featuring dozens of marching bands and hundreds of floats. This year’s theme is “Down on the Farm.”

A highlight of the evening, the Milaca High School Marching Wolves will present their summer 2012 production “American Visions.” This year’s show features the music of Richard Saucedo and his composition American Barndance.

“The music has a western flair and is packed with time signature and dynamic variety,” said director Andrew Nelson. “Some fascinating footwork is required during our performance this year. We hope you enjoy it.”

The Milaca High School Marching Wolves are led by drum majors Allison Lerud, Sophie Bauer and Reice Golden. The guard commanders are Ashlyn Kreifels and Ashley Salgren. Colorguard Instructors are Chris Nelson and Karin McCann. The drumline instructor is Anthony Peterson.

Saturday’s events include the Dollars for Scholars motorcycle/car rally, sponsored by the Blue Moon. Riders take off at 12 p.m. sharp at the Moon.

Festivity participants can take advantage of the inflatable, games, dunk tank, food and fun at the Bazaar Block Party in downtown Milaca from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday as well.

That day, winners of the Best of Milaca Photo and Pet Show contests will be named. A car show will also take place at Rec Park Saturday.

For a full line-up of the parade, see the Thursday, June 21 print edition of the Times.