Rick Poppitz
Special for The Gardner News
Edgerton’s Frontier Days
2018 will be held on June 15-16 this year.
At the May 24 Edgerton City Council meeting, the Edgerton Frontier Days Committee requested permission to sell and serve alcoholic liquor (other than 3.2 percent beer) at the festival.
City code prohibits serving alcoholic liquor within 200 feet of a church, school, nursing home, library or hospital. The prohibition may be temporarily waived by the governing body after public notice and hearing determines that it is not adverse to the public welfare or safety
The council granted the waiver requested and also waived the city’s noise restriction code for those same days.
This event, which began as a Boy Scout fundraiser in 1971 and has grown to be an annual celebration and tradition, is a two day festival featuring carnival, craft, sports, music and a parade.
The street is filled with vendors offering crafts and food. Carnival rides set up along East 4th Street, next to city hall. In addition to the variety of kids rides, this year the carnival is bringing along a mechanical bull ride. Among the multiple vendor booths will be a woodcarver exhibiting his skills throughout the day.
A big hit last year was a remote controlled race track, which will be featured again this year.
The festivities kick off at 4 p.m. on June 15, when a few blocks of W. Nelson Street will shut down from 4 p.m to midnight to accommodate the celebration.
Live music begins on stage at 8 p.m. with headliner Autograph taking the stage at 10 p.m.
The Festival resumes Saturday morning at 10 a.m. with a parade and again goes to Midnight. The bands preforming on Saturday night are Ladies of Country and Keith Anderson.
Saturday morning starts with the Frontier Days Parade marching down most of the length of Nelson Street.
An auction is held on Saturday afternoon, offering a variety of donated items, including the artistic items created onsite by the woodcarver.
The funds raised by the auction help pay for next year’s event.
This year is the 47th year for Frontier Days. The Frontier Days Association is also saving money up for the 50th anniversary in 2021, as they want to make that year an especially big celebration.