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Giant Days gets going Friday

July 12, 2012
Jodelle Greiner - Staff Writer , Fairmont Sentinel

BLUE EARTH - "A Giant weekend of food, fun and festivities" is coming, says Cindy Lyon, executive director of the Blue Earth Area Chamber of Commerce.

Giant Days is set for Friday and Saturday, with activities ranging from hair decorating to music.

It all begins noon Friday with the customer appreciation lunch of hot dogs and root beer floats by Bevcomm and First Bank.

Blue Earth Fire Department will serve a fund-raiser barbecue meal and offer free fire truck rides from 5-7 p.m. in the Jolly Green Giant Park.

The newly formed Fire Department Women's Auxiliary will sell icees, Lyon said.

The Dance DJ's will take over from 7-10 p.m., with games and prizes from the Chamber.

The sky will light up at 10 p.m. with fireworks.

"We appreciate Bevcomm and First Bank for the fireworks, and the fire department for shooting off the fireworks," Lyon said.

Saturday is the big day at the Faribault County Fairgrounds, beginning at 9:30 a.m. with a 10K run, a 2-mile run/walk, and a half-mile kids fun run.

The classic car show is back, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"Cool cars of all kinds," Lyon said. "Old motorcycles, convertibles, Corvettes. Depends on who brings stuff and enters."

Faribault County Historical Society will help people cool off with a pie and ice cream social from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

People who want to go on the Giant Garden Tour should meet at Gartzke's Greenhouse. The tour starts at 10 a.m., with a second one at 1 p.m. It will be guided and a car pool will be available. The first stop is the wayside rest on Interstate 90, followed by four gardens on County Road 8.

Lyon said visitors can expect to walk a bit on the tour.

Over on Main Street, the action starts at 8 a.m. with sidewalk, craft, art and bake sales.

"Sounds like a lot of people are doing their thing," Lyon said, so there will be something for everybody.

Gazebo Park will be hopping from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with gaming, facepainting and funky hair designs.

"You see all these kids with their hair ratted up straight and glittered," Lyon said. "Loree Vereide said they did 300 heads last year."

Haase Family Petting Zoo will provide lots of critters to cuddle, such as llamas, miniature donkeys and Shetland ponies at the Sixth and Main Park.

The Giant Parade starts down Main Street at 5 p.m.

"The SuFuDu drum corps is the top feature," Lyon said.

The musicians will play a free show at Gazebo Park after the parade.

Double Play will open a beer garden at 6 p.m., with a dance starting at 8 p.m., with MetroMix rocking the parking lot.

Food vendors will set up on the side street by Double Play from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

"It's a great time to see all kinds of people," said Lyon, and to have family and class reunions. "Great time to catch up."



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