Giant Days begins today

BLUE EARTH – All the construction in Blue Earth won’t keep the town from honoring its favorite icon this weekend at Giant Days, and there’s lots planned.

“Drive slow and follow the detour; don’t make your own and you’ll be fine,” advised Cindy Lyon, director of the Chamber of Commerce.

Giant Days kicks off at 5:30 p.m. today at the Green Giant statue just off Highway 169. Historian Ralph Thrane will discuss his work, “Giant Book.” Thrane is a past employee of the Green Giant Canning Company.

Visitors can get something to eat from the food vendors before the dance deejays crank up the music. Games and prizes round out the fun.

For those who prefer the arts and air-conditioning, the Blue Earth Town & Country Players are staging “Shrek, The Musical” at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Blue Earth Area High School, as well as 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The fireworks start at dusk Friday.

Saturday is full of activities for all ages at the Faribault County Fairgrounds, beginning with the KBEW Bike Ride at 7 a.m.; followed by the Giant 10K run at 8:30 a.m., the classic car show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the pie and ice cream social meal/historical site sponsored by Faribault County Historical Society.

Downtown Blue Earth and the Gazebo Park will be busy too, with sidewalk, craft, art and bake sales starting at 8 a.m. Children’s activities start at 9 a.m., and the Giant Museum will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Those who like flora and fauna will want to catch the guided Giant Garden Tour, which begins at 10 a.m. Lorrie Bosma’s is first, with Bridgette Gallagher and Jim Pollard, and Beth Engeseth also on the route.

“Every year it’s different,” Lyon said, so if you’ve seen it once, come see it again.

The parade will start at 5 p.m. by St. Luke’s and wind through town down Ramsey, 14th Street and Main. More marching bands have signed up to show off their sound, including Blue Earth Area’s and the famous SuFuDu musicians.

“SuFuDu will perform on Main Street after the parade at the Gazebo Park,” Lyon said. “It’s exciting that they will do that again.”

Double Play will be the place to be when the street dance starts at 8 p.m. A beer garden is also planned.

The fun keeps rolling Sunday with the fire department’s breakfast starting at 9 a.m. at the fire station on Seventh Street.