The streets of downtown Belle Plaine will be bustling with an assortment of activities starting 5 p.m. this Friday and continuing through late Saturday night.
Cooking grills, classic cars, motorcycles, tractor pullers, a parade, queen coronation, professional wrestling and bands will all be part of the continuous bustle as the community holds its 31st annual German Days celebration.
Friday’s Community Downtown Cookout, which takes place from 5-8 p.m., will feature the usual assortment of free food samples courtesy of various business owners. At the same time will be the Classic Car Roll-In, which is also free. The Street Dance featuring music by Horseplay will take place from 8 p.m. to midnight.
Saturday’s German Days events will start at 11 a.m. with the annual Motorcycle Run. You can start signing up for it at 9:30 a.m. There will be stops and door prizes in several towns.
The German Days Parade will begin at 1 p.m. The lineup will take place near the Belle Plaine Clinic at 700 Prairie Street West. The route will proceed past The Lutheran Home to Main Street and then downtown. Participants are asked to check-in at the starting spot at least 30 minutes prior to the start. The grand marshals are Kevin and Cindy Berger (see separate story).
The post-parade program downtown, which will again be emceed by Rick Brown, will include the German Days Queen Coronation. There are four Belle Plaine High School girls vying for the title of Miss German Days. Included are Lauren Campbell, daughter of Mike and Janet Campbell; Devin Lehman, daughter of Dan and Connie Lehman; Abygail Meyenburg, daughter of Erich and Sarah Meyenburg; and Savanna Schatz, daughter of Pat and Lisa Schatz. All four queen candidates completed their junior years in school this month.
This year’s Bar-B-Q Days Queen Candidates Introduction will also take place (see list of candidates at end of article).
The Minnesota Minn-e-Rods Tractor Pull returns this year and will take place downtown starting at 3 p.m. Professional Wrestling, featuring main-eventer and local fan favorite Mitch Paradise, will take place from 6-8 p.m. Several other matches are also planned. All of Saturday’s events are free admission.
The Sauerkraut Eating Contest will be held before the start of wrestling. You can register for it prior to the start.
Saturday evening’s Street Dance will feature the Solid Gold Band, which will perform from 8 p.m. to midnight. The Solid Gold Band recently won an award (see heading at end of article).
There will be food vendors available throughout the day.
Bar-B-Q Days Queen Candidates
There are 18 Bar-B-Q Days queen candidates this year, all of whom just completed their junior year in high school. Included are Tatiana Boecker, Lauren Campbell, Rachel Feldermann, Hannah Johnson, Shelby Johnson, Becky Johnston, Shelby Klipple, Devin Lehman, Abygail Meyenburg, Amara Meyer, Ashley Morrison, Tessa Olson, Stephanie Rosario, Bryce Schmidt, Megan Schmitz, Jackie Spalding, Emily Vinkemeier and Jessica Weldon.
The grand marshals for the July 20 Bar-B-Q Days Parade in Belle Plaine will be Loren and Shirley Stier.
Solid Gold Band Wins Award
Wayne Liebhard, a 1975 graduate of Belle Plaine High School and member of the Solid Gold Band that is playing for Saturday’s night’s Street Dance, said the band recently recorded an album that he wrote, and one of its songs has won an award.
The song, “I Want You To Unwrap Me,” is from the Solid Gold Band’s new CD “Here-In Flyover Country” (all original music written by Wayne Liebhard). It was announced as a top five winner by the Song of the Year international songwriting awards. As a result, it will be submitted to major record labels, publishers and booking agents, etc.
The Song of the Year Contest is a songwriting awards program that receives thousands of entries from across the globe. Judges for the program include Grammy award winners, as well as individuals from Rolling Stone, ABC TV and other industry insiders.
More about the Solid Gold Band can be found at http://www.thesolidgoldband.net/. The contest website is http://www.songoftheyear.com/.