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By Staff | Jul 9, 2014

Can’t you feel it in the air? Summer is here. We started planning for a giant-filled summer last summer. We started with a visit with the “Giant’s Father,” Paul Hedberg when he was here visiting for the 50th Anniversary of KBEW. Join us in beautiful Blue Earth for a summer full of fun, food and festivities.

The Chamber collaborates with a variety of folks and businesses to celebrate with entertainment for all ages during this giant summer full of excitement. We are proud to be a part of Blue Earth area communities and hope this is a fun and memorable season for everyone.

Every summer in July we celebrate Giant Days. This year we celebrate the Giant’s 35th birthday. The festivities open Thursday, July 10, with a performance by Town & Country Players and giant activities continue through Sunday with a closer by the Blue Earth Fire Department Sunday morning, July 13.

Friday’s kick off is a Customer Appreciation Lunch served from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Juba’s Food Stand corner sponsored and served by Bevcomm, First Bank Blue Earth and their employees. The free lunch will include hot dogs, chips and root beer floats. In case of rain, it will be served inside as a “come and go” from the Wakefield Room connected to Hamilton Hall.

Join in the festivities at Giant Park at 5:30 p.m. for an open concert by songwriter/ singer/guitarist Chad Elliot. This is a freewill fundraiser. Bring your chairs and blankets for some wonderful outdoor entertainment. Following the performance, dessert will be served to celebrate our jolly fellow’s 35th birthday with cupcakes and ice cream.

We will be hosting a ribbon cutting for the official grand opening of the bike/walk trail along the new Highway 169 roundabouts. The “Blue Earth Bikers” group will take a spin down and back to show us how easy and safe it is to come and go from the Giant to several locations about Blue Earth, in a “roundabout” way. The landscaping and sidewalks add a welcoming feel to our beautiful Blue Earth Highway 169 corridor. Following the ride, the KBEW Dance DJs will entertain us with music and games and the Chamber Chix will be handling the game prizes.

The Iowa Grill and B&C Concessions, LLC, will be selling their tasty fares of onion rings, fries, steak, chicken and pork sandwiches, toasty dogs, shaved ice, funnel cakes and more. The Red Barn Souvenir Shop/Tourist information center will open into the evening selling awesome Blue Earth and Giant tees, frisbees, postcards, rock candy and debut the Daniel Boone Trail history and new souvenir line. The Green Giant may be visiting, too. The revelry will continue until 9:30 p.m.

We will end the night with a big bang with fireworks set off east of the Blue Earth Area High School by the Blue Earth Fire Department, provided by First Bank Blue Earth and Bevcomm two giants in our eyes.

Saturday, July 12, there is something for everyone all around town, throughout the whole day. Activities at the fairgrounds include the KBEW Bike Ride at 7 a.m., and 10K Run at 9:30 a.m. Enjoy an old-fashioned pie and ice cream social and a full meal hosted by the Faribault County Historical Society from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Their fundraiser meal is served in the Veterans Memorial Building this year and will be a free-will offering. The Street Rod and Classic Car Show exhibitors will show again in the center of the fairgrounds too don’t miss it.

On Main Street even more giant activities take place from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The Main Street merchants will be having sidewalk sales beginning at 9 a.m. At Gazebo Park, the Trinity Lutheran Church ladies host their annual bake sales while various clubs host games, face painting, crazy hair and more. The food vendors from the Giant Party will be available on W. Sixth and Main streets with their foods. Fun the children look forward to annually is the petting zoo sponsored by the Business Improvement Committee on Main Street across from Juba’s Food Stand.

Flower lovers join us at Giant Park for the starting point for the 16th Annual Giant Garden Tour. The times of the tours are 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The car pool tours are guided by Chamber director, Cindy Lyon.

Join us at 5 p.m. along 14th Street and on down Main for the Giant Days Parade. Featured again this year is the “SuFuDu Drum Corp.” Every year they give a special performance after the parade at Gazebo Park. Much of the entertainment for this celebration is sponsored by the Chamber, Convention & Visitors Bureau and several Chamber member businesses.

Top the night off by joining a giant crowd of alumni, friends and family at Double Play’s street dance with “Side FX” performing. Enjoy foods and beverages from both the Double Play site and the Main Street food vendors and music for dancing or just listening, all available uptown, the one hot spot.

Sunday gather and reunite with folks for the giant weekend by attending the 7th Annual Blue Earth Firemen’s Breakfast, Sunday, July 13, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Blue Earth Fire Station/Safety Center on Seventh Street. There will be fire truck rides and games for the children. Close your weekend at this giant fundraising event.

Join us for the annual summer performance, featuring many of our area’s giant stars, The Town & Country Players musical production “Damn Yankees” starting Thursday, July 10, and running through Sunday, July 13. There are two evening performances and two matinees. Tickets can be purchased in advance through the Chamber. Stop by the office at 113 S. Nicollet St., or call the Chamber at (507) 526-2916 for more information

Call the Blue Earth Chamber of Commerce office at (507) 526-2916, or visit the website: www.blueearthchamber.com and check the calendar of events or “Like Us” on Facebook for all the latest information.