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Giant Days will have a few giant changes

By Staff | Jul 3, 2016

Summer, it’s in the air! We have been planning for a giant-filled summer since right after the 2015 Giant Days was over. Please join us in B.E.-utiful Blue Earth for a summer full of food, fun and festivities.

The Chamber collaborates with a variety of venues to celebrate with entertainment for all ages during this giant summer full of changes, careful planning and checking and checking once again. We are proud to be a giant part of Blue Earth Area planning a fun and memorable season for everyone.

Our Giant Days annual event takes place every weekend after the Fourth of July by celebrating Giant Days. The festivities open Friday, July 8, with a kick off at noon on Main and Seventh streets with Bevcomm and First Bank Blue Earth’s annual Customer Appreciation Lunch served from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Their employees have great fun serving the free lunch menu of 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. The food vendors will be set up for a variety of food. The food vendors will be selling their tasty fares of onion rings, fries, steak, chicken and pork sandwiches, toasty dogs and funnel cakes. Quench your thirst with the lemonade stand and save your refillable cup for Saturday. 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 our Daniel Boone souvenir line. The Green Giant may visit too. The revelry continues until 9:30 p.m.

The KBEW Dance DJs will entertain us with music and games and game prizes from 7-9:30 p.m. They are sponsored annually by Anderson Electric, always doing giant things for the Chamber and Convention and Visitors Bureau. This is always a fun, free evening to dance the night away, eat treats, shop the Little Red Barn souvenir shop.

The night ends with a giant finale of a fabulous 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 three giants in our community. Remember to thank them when you see them.

Saturday, July 9, there is something for everyone roundabout 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. The Trinity Fair Stand will be hosting their annual Bake Sale from 8-10 a.m. You can purchase coffee and goodies to hold you over while you are checking out the awesome cars in the Car Show. 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 Building on the northwest end of the grounds. Stroll along their History Lane. The Street Rod and Classic Car Show exhibitors will show again in the center of the fairgrounds from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The P-Pod will also be up and running for those on the north end of town, located in the Blue Earth Locker parking lot.

On Main Street with the giant makeover going on, there will be some great challenges. Take that giant step and find the back door sales, front door sales and fun right in the heart of Blue Earth. The Main Street merchants will be having sale locations to be determined by the advancement of the project. The Gazebo Park is off limits for construction, find all the fun further south on the blocked off street from Seventh to Eighth streets on Main. The street will be blocked off and you will find an assortment of food, fun and festivities for all ages. The food vendors from the Giant Party the night before will be available with their foods. Enjoy the shade of the Main Street boulevard trees and take part in specials roundabout town. Located on the corner of Seventh and Main in the UHD Hospice lot the Bouncy House and games will be played. We have tried to cover every issue with all the changes going on this year only.

Flower lovers, join your comrades at Steinberg Park on Hwy. 16 east of Kwik Trip for the starting point for the 18th Annual Giant Garden Tour. We will be traveling out into the country to two great gardens.

The times of the tours are 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The car pool tours are guided by Chamber director Cindy Lyon.

We will be visiting Norm and Michele Hall and Bryan and Lola Schultz’s gardens.

Join us at 5 p.m. along 14th Street and on down Main for the Giant Days Parade. With the construction, the parade will detour west down Eighth to Nicollet and go north for 3-4 blocks.

Again, the progress of the construction will determine when we turn back to the east and again follow down past the MNVAC building on north, past the Faribault County Court House. Annually the Chamber invites the SuFuDu Drum Corp to perform. They are sponsored by several businesses who graciously contribute to our Giant Days events.

They, again, will give a special performance after the parade, this year down by Ankeny Furniture corner on Eighth and Main.

Top your night off by joining a giant crowd of alumni, friends and family at a new site. The dance will be held at the Faribault County Fairgrounds next to the Veterans building.

The Eagles Club is taking on this giant task and will be doing a minimal charge for wristbands for the dance.

The band is “Switch Road,” featured during the BE Fireman’s Dance earlier this year.

They will be having a beer garden and more as we all iron out the giant plan.

Watch for the full menu of Giant Days toward the end of June.

The BETCP has made a little change this year, too. Not based on the reconstruction downtown but due to the fact that the Fourth of July is on Monday making practice time shorter and they are celebrating their 40th summer performance. Join them for their annual summer performance, featuring many of our area’s giant stars.

Town & Country Players’ 40th musical production “Hello Dolly” starting Thursday, July 14, runs through Sunday, July 17.

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.