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Pioneer Days festival celebrates LeGrand

Annual festival returns Saturday

August 27, 2009

Judging a food competition might be a dream for some, but it can be a reality for visitors to Pioneer Days Saturday in LeGrand.

The Taste of LeGrand is one of the new events at the annual festival this year and will be held at 3 p.m. at the community center. Food categories in the competition include jellies/jams, salsa, pickles, pies, bars, cookies and homemade ice cream.

"It will be interesting to see what we have," said Linda Weitzell, one of the organizers of Pioneer Days.

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The car show is always one of the more popular attractions at LeGrand Pioneer Days. The festival returns Saturday.

Festival favorites will return to the town as the parade will be held at 11 a.m. with dozens of entries and the car show takes place at noon. Also, children's and family games will be held in the city park from 1 to 3 p.m.

"It's a fun-filled day for families," Weitzell said. "It's meant to bring people together."

Fireworks will fill the sky at dusk and can be seen from about anywhere in town, Weitzell said.

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Saturday schedule

8 a.m. - 5K run (register 7 a.m. at football field)

11 a.m. - Grand parade

Noon - 1:30 p.m. - Car show (Main street)

1 to 3 p.m. - Children's games (city park)

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. - East Marshall band (city park)

1:45 - 2:30 p.m. - East Marshall cheerleaders (city park)

2:45 - 3:45 p.m. - 5 for 1 performance (city park)

3 - 4 p.m. - Food taste competition (community center)

4 - 5:30 p.m. - Leap Master performance (city park)

4 p.m. - Monster arm wrestling (shelter house)

5:45 - 6:30 p.m. - Hunter Umbenstock (city park)

7:30 - 8:45 p.m. - East Marshall dancers (city park)

Dusk - Fireworks (city park)

9 p.m. - 1 a.m. - Street dance featuring music of Straight Up (downtown)

The festival wraps up with a street dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. with the band Straight Up performing downtown.


Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or



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