The swan song of the summer – with apologies to Monticello – is scheduled for St. Michael’s Saturday.
St. Michael’s Daze and Knights, the annual community festival to celebrate the last days of summer, is ready to roll Friday with food, inflatables and lots of music. All events are held downtown near St. Michael’s Town Hall. And remember – the paddling pool is OPEN, you might want to pack a swimsuit for the kids if it’s hot on Saturday.
The weekend begins Friday evening as the beer garden opens at 5 p.m. and will continue until midnight. The St. Michael Royal Court will also host a “Fair Hair Booth” that will appeal to all ages! A family BINGO will also be organized, starting at 5 p.m.
Under the beer tent, Tim Gabrielson opens the show with a set of magic and humor from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Then, Hitchville will take over, rock from 8:30 p.m. to midnight.
Saturday events will start early and early, starting with the annual Color Daze 5K race, which has same-day registration starting at 7:30 a.m. and the race starting at 8:30 a.m. You can also pre-register until today on the event website. And new this year is a KIDZ COLOR RUN – a 1/2 mile dash meant for a colorful ending. Which takes off at 9:30 a.m.
The Classic Auto Show will be back! After a two-year hiatus, the Chrome and Rubber Classic will take place beginning at 10 a.m. with registration and prizes/prizes at 2 p.m. at the Cub Parking Lot.
Let your artistic side show on the annual Chalk Walk, sponsored by the Friends of the Library and others. Grab a seat on the south side of St. Michael’s Town Hall around 9:30 a.m. and the contest will continue until 10:30 a.m. Several prizes will be awarded, with purses for nearly all entrants.
The annual trade show, featuring local vendors and your favorite STMA businesses, will open at 10 a.m., as will the trade show and craft market, both located on the grounds.
The annual parade, which runs from Town Center Drive to Edgewood and finally to Frankfort Parkway, begins at noon. Dozens of participants are registered representing local businesses, politicians and youth sports groups. It’s a great way to support the community.
Other Saturday events include more BINGO, Sawdust Pile Hunt (10:45 a.m.), Party Crashers RC (seen at the Wright County Fair), Bean Bag Tournament (11 a.m. at the beer tent) and much more. mingle and have fun/food in the sun.
Headlining Saturday night is the band Arch Allies, who bill themselves as a tribute to some of the great rock bands of the 1970s and 80s, including Def Lepard, Bon Jovi, Queen, Journey and Boston. The show takes place from 8:30 p.m. to midnight.
The weekend ends with a fireworks display at dusk on Saturday.
Here is the food program for this year:
SWEET MINI DONUTS – Gourmet mini donuts
NATURALLY DELICIOUS-Premium Homemade Ice Cream
KALCESSION-Fresh cut fries, spring rolls, fry bread, chx curry, wings, samosa, agg rolls, noodle salad, tornado dog. potato flower and more!
SHAVED ICE Shack
O’NEILS HAND-SOAKED CORN DOGS
CHICKEN TRUCK-Chicken sandwiches, chicken fillets, chicken tacos
CONCESSIONS CARNIVAL CLASSICS – Cheese curds, gyros, popcorn chicken, fries, Italian sausage, brats, Polish sausage, meatball sandwich, freshly squeezed lemonade, jumbo pretzels
THE WEENIE WAGON-1/4# Sirloin Burgers, Gourmet Burgers, Gourmet and Specialty Hot Dogs, Frozen Lemonade, Cotton Candy
BRNT CHKN – Strips, sandwiches and more with a kick – or not – for your chick
MAMAS TACO TRUCK – Quickly becoming a western metro favorite with tacos, quesadillas, burritos and more
For more information and locations on all these events, check out the St. Michael Daze and Knights website. The event is also on Facebook, where you can post photos and leave messages for this year’s organizers.