MADELIA, MN

This year's annual Park Days Festival in Madelia was put in serious jeopardy after a stormy June.

"It's our 43rd annual festival," said Karla Angus of the Madelia Chamber of Commerce.  "We always have it in our park but unfortunately this year it was flooded."

Park Days is officially being moved from its traditional location at Watona Park. City officials had a couple sites in mind before ultimately deciding to shift the event to downtown Madelia.

"Main Street is probably about the only place we could have it just because of being able to have a beer garden," explained Angus.  "So we have our new buildings and can show off our new buildings."

People come from all over southern Minnesota for Park Days.

The festival kicks off Friday evening with a parade that features eight musical groups as well as about 90 entries.

After the parade comes live music and ultimately a firework show.

Saturday features 60+ vendors, a children's pedal pull and without a doubt something special for the whole family to come out and enjoy.

"The biggest thing is our blues festival," said Angus.  "We have five amazing blues bands playing starting at 11:40 and they will go into the evening.  Our last band is at seven and he is a national act, Davy Knowles, he's from Chicago.  You just won't want to miss this cause it's going to be awesome."

For a town that has been ravaged by flooding this summer, it's fair to ask for a little something special this weekend.

"Now we just need nice weather," exclaimed Angus.

Park Days runs all weekend, July 13th–15th.

--KEYC News 12