August 31, 2018
The 53rd Annual Marigold Days is this weekend. There is a web page (MarigoldDays.com ) devoted to the weekend where detailed information can be found on all the events during the weekend as well as location that each event will be held. The weekend starts Thursday September 7th with the Field of Flags memorial presentation. Each year there is a celebration of Service where flags are sponsored by community members to either honor a veteran still with us or to remember a veteran no longer with us. This year as you drive by our presentation I want everyone to remember that there is an individual veteran's name on each flag.
During the weekend on Friday and Saturday there are several dances and other live music events. There is a teen dance on Friday night, followed by a street dance later that evening. There is a Fire Hall dance, that I have been told will be open to everyone this year. Other returning events include the Spaghetti supper feed, car show, quilt show, Melodrama and of course the famous Fire Department Pancake Breakfast.
All weekend there will be events just for our younger citizens.The very popular annual fishing contest will once again return to goat island. This is a great kids event where all the food and supplies are donated and volunteers run the entire event. The organizers have been very generous with their time and donations to make this event a great success for our weekend. Other kids events include the Lions Rubber Duck Brigade and the Root Beer Floats. Students and parents alike both always enjoy the Fire Fighter water fight, come cheer on our Mantorville Fire Department.
The Mantorville Theater Company will present a melodrama again this year. Ticket information and show times can be found at Mantorvillain.Com. This years production is titled “Is There Anyone in the House? Or Giving Up the Ghost” and is written by Ben Peters. This production was this years winner of the Local Melodrama contest. The Melodramas are always great fun because the audience is encouraged to participate with boos to villains and cheers to heroes.
Saturday wraps up with the crowning of our Mantorville Royalty following the presenting this years GEM of Mantorville. Who will it be this year? Come out Saturday night to see and stay for the fireworks. The weekend wraps up on Sunday with the Car Show and the Grand Parade. I always enjoy the car show because all age groups enjoy this event and it gives those of us that have been involved with the hobby for several years an opportunity to give inspiration and insight to those just starting or even those dreaming about when they too can work on their own project.
I have only mentioned a few of the events that will be held at this years event. The weekend starts early on Thursday at 1:00pm at the Restoration House and finishes up on Sunday from 3:00pm to 4:00pm with Live Music, the Rubber Duck Brigade and Fire Department Water Fight. I will once again be in period attire and encourage anyone that would enjoy sporting their finest Victorian attire to join us around town. There will also be a opportunity to participate in our Mantorville Costume Contest. Pleases come down to join us this year, take in a show, enter a contest or just look around for that new treasure to add to your home. I look forward to seeing you again this year.
Yours in Service
Mayor, City of Mantorville
Mayor, City of Mantorville