Another successful Marigold Days, looking ahead to Homecoming
It turned out to be a great weekend in Mantorville. I was a little bit concerned on Friday afternoon when the skies opened up and it started to rain.
My immediate concern was that the Cambodian dance group that was scheduled to perform outside at the County Seat Coffeehouse in Mantorville would have to cancel. And then, that the rain would continue all weekend and spoil Marigold Days.
My fears turned out to be unfounded. The dance group did have to move inside the County Seat, but it was still a very nice performance and one I enjoyed a lot. It provided a look at a culture that I am not very familiar with. Thanks to the folks at the County Seat for bringing this Rochester group to town.
The rains continued off and on through the night and into the early morning but by noon the weather had turned around and the rest of the weekend was just right.
It would have been nice if more people would have stopped by the Field of Flags program Saturday afternoon. The Kasson-Mantorville Legion Post did a great job in honoring service members, first responders and those who were essential workers through the COVID pandemic.
Also, congratulations to Wendy Schletter who was honored as the 2022 Mantorville Gem. Wendy is well known in the community as a person who is willing to volunteer to help wherever she is needed. And congratulations also to Tayler Lamphere who was named Miss Mantorville and to the other members of the royal court.
The Sunday parade was great, as usual, with Sen. Dave Senjem serving as the grand marshal. He looked good riding the route atop the wagon pulled by a team of horses. Senjem is retiring this year after many years as the District 24 Minnesota State Senator. He definitely deserved the honor.
In short, another successful Marigold Days is now history and we can all look forward to the event next year.
Looking ahead, the school year has started and would you believe, it’s time for Homecoming. Byron High School is celebrating its Homecoming this week with Kasson-Mantorville next week.
Byron will have its Pepfest and Coronation Friday morning from 9 to 11 a.m., a parade at 1:30 p.m. and a tailgate party from 4:30 to 6:30 with food trucks, yard games and face painting. Byron will take on Winona Senior High School at 7 p.m.
K-M will be having its Homecoming coronation at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, September 23, with the parade at 10:15 a.m. K-M’s football opponent will be the Albert Lea Tigers.
Both Triton and Hayfield will be playing their Homecoming games on Friday, Oct. 7. Triton will play Lewiston-Altura in football and Hayfield’s opponent be Cotter Schools.