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Giant Days is back!

The Big Guy returns and the plans are expected to be bigger and better

By Kevin Mertens - Staff Writer | Jul 4, 2021

Are you ready to get out and have some fun?

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the only Giant Days event in Blue Earth last year was the annual fireworks display.

However, this year, Giant Days, slated for Friday and Saturday, July 9 and 10, is touted as being bigger and better than ever, and the best part is most of the events are free.

The Giant celebration starts off on Friday evening, July 9, with a Chamber fundraising meal which will be served from 4-7 p.m. It will include walking tacos, beverages, snacks, popcorn and The Lemon.

A Kiddie Parade featuring Deuce the Super Horse will take place from 4-5 p.m.

The KBEW Dance DJ’s and Caricatures by Casey will be on hand from 5-7 p.m.

Also, the Chamber Awards will be presented from 7-7:30 p.m., including the Business of the Year, Rising Star and Community Service awards.

There will also be a Beer Garden downtown on Friday, with musical entertainment on stage from 5 p.m.-12 a.m. Those performing include JamBoyz (sponsored by Jay’s Shop), who will be onstage from 5-8 p.m. Also entertaining the crowd Friday night will be Beyond Blue and Bruce Ankeny & Beyond who will perform from 8-10 p.m. Brett Feist will close out the evening by taking the stage from 10 p.m.-12 a.m.

There will also be food vendors and food trucks nearby.

And, of course, as there is every year, fireworks will be shot off at dusk (approximately 10:05 p.m).

Saturday, July 10, there will be events at Giant Park, at the fairgrounds as well as downtown.

Starting at 10:30 a.m. at Giant Park, there will be a dedication ceremony of the new musical instruments and bike repair station at the park.

The Giant Days Bike Ride is from 10-11:30 a.m. Garden tours will be given at 11 a.m. and 1 a.m. They will originate at the Giant Welcome Center and the tour director will be Cindy Lyon.

At the Faribault County Fairgrounds on Saturday there will be the annual Giant Car Show running from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Trinity Lutheran Church Fair Stand (sponsored by the Trinity Lutheran Women) will also be open starting at 8:30 a.m. They will serve rolls and coffee until the food is gone.

The Faribault County Historical Society will be holding their annual Pie & Ice Cream Social from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Saturday events scheduled for downtown include a petting zoo (sponsored by the Business Improvement Committee) and pony and train rides (sponsored by Thrivent) running from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The bouncy houses will be open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

There will also be a 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament downtown beginning at 9 a.m.

Heartsong (sponsored by Thrivent) will provide entertainment from 10-11:30 a.m.

From 12 noon-2 p.m. there will be a Magic of Larry Dunbar show (sponsored by the Faribault County Register and KBEW) on the stage.

Plus, various food vendors and food trucks will be located downtown during the day.

The big Giant Days parade will start at 3 p.m. and this year there is an added attraction, a float contest (trophy sponsored by KBEW).

From 5 p.m.-midnight there will be musical entertainment. Brett Feist will entertain folks at the Beer Garden. Lunatics Anonymous (sponsored by Stage 1 Sound) will provide music on stage from 5-8 p.m. and HitFaced (sponsored by the Blue Earth Eagles Aerie 4486) will close out the evening by performing from 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

“The city of Blue Earth and the entire community is excited to be hosting Giant Days again after having to cancel the event last year because of COVID,” Chamber director Shellie Poetter said. “The Giant Days Committee’s goal was to create something fun for everyone so we hope people are able to come out and enjoy all of the festivities.”