Marshall Fireman's Festival to be held this weekend

June 20, 2018

Marshall Fireman’s Festival will be held this weekend, Friday, June 22 through Sunday, June 24, at Fireman’s Park.

Funds raised from this event will go towards firefighting equipment not included in the budget and for scholarships.

The event boasts many activities including live music, family-friendly games, bingo, new food vendors and tractor pulls. There will be food and beverages all three days, including new food vendors and a beer tent. Food offerings will begin with a fish fry on Friday night.

This week, voting for Miss Marshall will continue at Farmers & Merchants State Bank in Marshall during normal business hours. Voting will conclude on Friday, June 22.

There are two contestants this year for Miss Marshall. They include recent high school graduates Nicole Eggers and Taylor Pache. No boys filed paperwork for Mr. Marshall.

Eggers participated in basketball, track and field and volleyball in high school. She will be pursing volleyball at Rockford University next year. She also participated in HOSA and wants to pursue a career in physical therapy.

Pache played softball and volleyball in high school. She was in FFA, serving as vice president. Pache plans on attending the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater to major in elementary education.

The crowing of Miss Marshall will be held at the festival on Saturday, June 23 at 7 p.m. The winner will ride in the parade Sunday, June 24, which kicks off at 11 a.m.

The festival will begin on Friday with a Legion baseball game versus Palmyra at 5:30 p.m. and a Home Talent baseball game against Cambridge at 7 p.m. It will be a game for Cancer Awareness. At 6 p.m. Friday, there will be assorted children’s activities and bingo will start at 7 p.m. From 8:30 p.m. to midnight, “Stetson & Lace,” a country music band, will perform. There will be no cover charge.

Activities on Saturday, June 23 will kick off with a Teener baseball game at 10 a.m., followed by a Legion baseball game versus Waterloo at noon. At 11 a.m., there will be a tractor pull with the South Central Pullers Association to follow. Weigh-in for the tractor pull will be 9-10 a.m. and the farm tractors are open to everyone.

From 11 a.m. until 8 p.m., there will be a petting zoo, a giant obstacle course and a YMCA sponsored bounce house. From noon until 6 p.m., there will be a firefighter fitness challenge which is open to kids and adults.

Also on Saturday, a bag toss tournament will be at 1 p.m. with the registration at 12:30 p.m. Marshall Little League and bingo will both be held at 3 p.m. The truck pull will be at 5 p.m. with the registration from 2:30-4:30 p.m. From 8:30 p.m. until midnight, Totally Neon will play 80s rock music.

Sunday will kick off with a parade featuring Miss Marshall and the Division 3 state girls basketball champions at 11 a.m. Former Police Chief Lee Hellenbrand will be the parade marshal.

The bounce house will open at noon and registration or a bag toss tournament will begin at noon. The contest will begin at 1 p.m. The registration for the 3-on-3 basketball tournament, open to all ages, will be at 12:30 p.m. with the tournament beginning at 1 p.m. At 1 p.m., there will be a Home Talent baseball game versus Columbus and another round of bingo. Also, at 1 p.m. there will be a pedal pull for kids and adults.

At 4 p.m., there will be a cash raffle drawing with more than $6,200 in cash raffle prizes. First prize is $2,018 and second prize is $1,000. Third, fourth and fifth prizes are each $500.

The festival will be held rain or shine.

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