Members of the Gardner Edgerton High School Marching Band parade through the streets of Edgerton during last year’s Frontier Days Parade. The annual celebration, not in its 43rd year, returns to the community on June 19-20. File photo

Members of the Gardner Edgerton High School Marching Band parade through the streets of Edgerton during last year’s Frontier Days Parade. The annual celebration, not in its 43rd year, returns to the community on June 19-20. File photo

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Edgerton residents will come together to celebrate the community’s history with the annual Edgerton Frontier Days at the end of June.
The festival, which will take place June 19-20, will include a range of activities for people of all age groups.
There is no admission cost to the festival itself, but event organizers may charge a fee for some activities such as games.
The 43rd annual Edgerton Frontier Days will showcase a variety of entertainment during the two-day event on Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20.
Glyn Powers, one of the event organizers and a member of the Edgerton Frontier Days Association said a highlight of this year’s event will be the Saturday night concert.
Tate Stevens, 2012 X Factor winner, will perform.
“We’ve rented a big stage, sound and lights,” Power said.
Stevens’ hails from Belton, Mo., so planners anticipate some of Stevens’ fans will make the trip west to the Saturday night concert.
The Frontier Days fun begins well before Stevens takes the stage however. Officially, the festival kicks off at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 19, when a chainsaw artist will begin to craft masterpieces. The artist will work throughout the festival, and his creations will be available for auction during Frontier Days.
The carnival opens at 5 p.m. on Friday and will run through 10 p.m. that night. It will re-open at noon on Saturday, June 20.
The beer garden will also be open on Friday evening. Meanwhile, a Cops ‘N’ Bobbers casting contest and frog and turtle races will help keep kids entertained.
Friday night’s entertainment begins by featuring sisters Barbara and Lisa Bowman, “The Women of Rock” is a tribute to some of the most well-known and influential female rock artists of the seventies and eighties. The evening is capped off with the music of Journey by tribute band “Revelation”.
Saturday will be the busiest day for the festival, with a biscuits and gravy breakfast at the Edgerton United Methodist Church, a bake sale, a parade with awards ceremony, a car bash and an ice cream social.
“There’s a lot of stuff going on, if people want to stick around,” Powers said.
The festival will culminate with headliner Tate Stevens’ performance on Saturday night. Powers said the act is the biggest to take the Edgerton stage.
The beer garden will open at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Live music will begin at 3 p.m. with local Christian bands taking the main stage. Magician Keith Leff will take the stage at 3:30 p.m., and the ice cream social starts at 4:30 p.m.
Phil Vandel, a national country artist, will kick-off the evening concert at 6 p.m., June 20. Vandel has performed everywhere from Hollywood to Washington, D.C. to Canada and Mexico.
Country rock band, Broseph E. Lee, will follow Vandel. The group’s original sound has been well-received and the band has opened for some of the top names in country music. Broseph E. Lee is scheduled to begin playing at 8 p.m.
Headliner Tate Stevens will perform at 10 p.m. Stevens is a National Country Artist of the Year and the second season winner of television’s X Factor.
“I think Frontier Days is bigger and better than it’s ever been,” Powers said.
For more information, visit frontier-days.com or search for the Frontier Days Association Facebook page.