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Celebrate Independence Day in Harmony


Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Features

Whether it’s the sight of fireworks, the sound of the parade, or the smell of delicious food cooking, or all of the above, Harmony’s Fourth of July Celebration draws a crowd every year. The Fourth of July Celebration in Harmony, Minn. does not occur only on July 4. The Celebration begins Wednesday, July 3 and will last through Sunday, July 7, 2013 with many activities scheduled for the entire five day event.

Wednesday, July 3 kicks off the Celebration with the Beer Tent open from 5 pm until midnight. The Beer Tent will be located at the North Side of Selvig Park in Harmony and is sponsored by the Harmony Conservation Club. The Harmony Conservation Club will also be sponsoring Karaoke Joe in the Beer Tent on Wednesday evening from 8 pm until Midnight.

Wake up early and get to the Harmony Fire Hall on Thursday, July 4, for a pancake breakfast to get your Independence Day off to a great start, sponsored by the Harmony Conservation Club. Keith McIntosh of the Harmony Conservation Club states that they will be serving “pancakes, sausage, coffee, and milk,” which are favorites of many people. The pancake breakfast will be held from 7 am - 9:30 am

After a tasty, energizing breakfast hit the links at the Harmony Golf Course for the Best Shot 9 Hole Golf Tourney which will begin at 9 am. The tournament is open to the public so give those muddy golf clubs a cleaning and sign up!

For the third consecutive year Hammell Equipment will be sponsoring a State Sanctioned Kid’s Pedal Pull. Check in for the Pedal Pull will be at 9:30 am and the pull will begin at 10 am in the parking lot behind the First Southeast Bank. The trophies the kids will be pulling for will be donated by Minnowa Construction. In case of rain, the Pedal Pull will be held at the Harmony Community Center.

After the Pedal Pull “jump” over to the Toad Races at the Village Green in Harmony. Toads will not be provided so if your kids don’t have one yet they still have time to find a good one!

Selvig Park will be a hot spot on July 4 with many activities and events for children and adults. There will be smoked pork chops dinners available from 11 am - 1:30 pm, sponsored by the Harmony United Methodist Church, serving smoked pork chops, baked potato with topping, baked beans, roll, applesauce, and beverage. The cost of the smoked pork chop dinner will be $9 for adults and $6 for children under 12.

The Harmony Lions Club will be serving brats, hot dogs, and barbeques and there will also be pork burgers available from the Fillmore County Pork Producers. For a cool treat grab yourself and your family malts or ice cream from the Fillmore County American Dairy Association.

Not one, but two parades will be held on July 4 in Harmony. The first will be the Grand Kiddie Parade starting at 2:45 pm. Lineup for the Kiddie Parade will be by Old Ways New Ideas. Then the Grand Parade will begin at 3 pm. The lineup for the Grand Parade begins at 1:30 pm at the Harmony Community Center. If interested in having an entry in the parade phone (507) 886-2469.

The Grand Marshals for the Grand Parade are two couples from Harmony who are well-known and respected in the community. Dr. Franz and Diana Sattler have lived in Harmony for 44 years and are very happy about being chosen as Grand Marshals. Diana stated, “It’s a wonderful thing” especially considering the next day is their son, Chris’, birthday and he will be at the parade with his wife Amy. Diana said, “It will be nice to say hello to everyone the day of the parade.”

Rodney and Lynda Koliha are the second set of Grand Marshals for the Harmony Fourth of July parade 2013. The couple are excited about being Grand Marshals. Lynda stated they feel “very honored and very appreciative” for being chosen by the community to be Grand Marshals.

The fun does not stop after the parade is over with Bingo at Selvig Park from 4 - 6 pm sponsored by the Nativity Catholic Church. In case of rain, Bingo will be held at the Fillmore Central High School. There will also be train rides for the kids at Selvig Park by the “Little Blue Choo” from 4 - 6 pm

Music from an area favorite, the Jim Busta Band with “Mollie B,” can be heard in Selvig Park on July 4 from 4 - 6 pm and will be sponsored by the First Southeast Bank of Harmony & Canton, Harmony Enterprises, and the Harmony Park Board. In case of inclement weather this event will be held at the Fillmore Central High School.

During intermission of the Jim Busta Band with “Mollie B” there will be button prize drawings for many winners holding lucky buttons. Buttons can be purchased at Harmony businesses and cost $5 for adult buttons and $1 for youth buttons (age 10 and under). There will be over $1,200 in prizes given away with several youth prizes included. The Harmony Fourth of July buttons will also get adults a discount at the Beer Tent.

As day turns to night on July 4, all eyes will be on the sky over North Park anxiously waiting for the first “boom” signaling the beginning of the Fireworks display sponsored by the First Southeast Bank of Harmony and Canton and the Harmony Firemen’s Relief Association. The Harmony Volunteer Fire Department consistently put on a great show for the crowd who show their appreciation with lots of “oohs” and “ahs” during the fireworks display.

The Fourth of July Celebration in Harmony continues on Friday, July 5, with the Beer Tent open from 3 pm until midnight and DJ Voights’s Volume will be in the Beer Tent beginning at 8 pm and ending at midnight both sponsored by the Harmony Conservation Club.

The fourth annual Harmony Hustle to benefit Habitat for Humanity gets Saturday, July 6 off to a running start with a 10K run beginning at 8 am, a 1K Kids Challenge for children under 10 will begin at 9 am and a 5K Run/Walk starting at 10 am. If interested in registering for any of the Harmony Hustle events, log on to the Habitat for Humanity website at http://www.habitatwinona.org/events/harmony/hustle and have some fun while supporting a meaningful organization.

An ecumenical church service will be held at Selvig Park to begin Sunday, July 7. The service will begin at 9 am and is sponsored by local churches. Bring your own chairs for the church service and keep them handy to eat brunch, sponsored by the Bodacious Broads ACS Relay for Life Team, at 10 am in the Selvig Park shelter.

A Medallion Hunt will be held with clues given daily on Harmony Cable Channel 9 beginning on Monday, July 1. The person who finds the medallion and turns it in to Vicki Christenson at the First Southeast Bank will win fifty dollars. The Medallion Hunt is sponsored by local businesses.

Local businesses are large supporters of the July Fourth Celebration in Harmony and while in town for the festivities why not stop and support these local businesses as well. There are many wonderful and diverse businesses in the Harmony area with an assortment of fine products and delicious food. Take time to go see a movie at the Jem Theatre, go have a slice of Julie’s famous homemade pie at The Village Square of Harmony, or cool off for awhile in Niagara Cave. These are only a few of the many great choices Harmony has to offer.

There will be no shortage of fun, food, and fantastic opportunities during Harmony’s Fourth of July Celebration in 2013. Emily Ellis who is a member of the Harmony Chamber of Commerce states that thousands of people enjoy Harmony’s Celebration each year saying, “It is one of our largest events in Harmony,” which is not surprising to anyone who has attended the celebration in the past. Emily says, “This year will be just as exciting as every other year with many games and fun for all,” which is what residents from the area and visitors to the area have come to expect.

For more information on Harmony’s Fourth of July Celebration go to exploreharmony.com which has information about the celebration and the town of Harmony including where to stay, where to eat, and what to see while you are there.

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