Business Organization Planning for Main Street Mania

July 5, 2019

Diane Graff

The Courier

Save the date as Sept. 28 will be the annual Main Street Mania in Marshall sponsored by the Marshall Area Business Association (MABA).

MABA members discussed everything from changing the hours to clean up of the event when it met June 27 at Litang Family Chiropractic.

The group has been meeting at various locations throughout the community to learn about area businesses.

This year’s Main Street Mania, always held the last Saturday in September, will not have a theme. In the past the theme had been country and country again, along with the 1960s.

The main fundraiser for the organization will continue to have a band, offer food and activities for children. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Main Street in Marshall.

“We want to make it as simple as possible for people running a business,” MABA President Adam Ruechel said. “It has been a long day to ask for volunteers.”

The band, Wayne Road, will play from 2 to 7 p.m. There will be a disc jockey prior to the band’s performance.

This year the saloon will be offering tap beer instead of cans, and possibly pitchers. Lewis Station of Lake Mills will be asked to return for another year.

The food booths will include the non-profit organizations of the community, including the Marshall High School FFA Chapter and the Marshall Lions Club. There was a discussion of possible other vendors, but the members decided to keep it local and for non-profit groups.

The main attraction for the children this year will be Touch a Truck. Large pieces of equipment, including a fire truck, ambulance, police car and possibly public works department truck, will line Main Street for children to explore.

MABA members discussed having the Cloggers return for a performance prior to the start of the band, and possibly a person to make balloon characters for children. Hay rides will also be offered this year, the group decided. Yard games for adults, such as Yahtzee and Jenga will again be offered.

The silent auction and the cork pull were also discussed and tabled.

The next MABA meeting is set for July 30 at the Whistle Stop Campground.

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