Welcome fest set for weekend

WELCOME – Something old restored to new will kick off the Welcome Summer Festival on Friday afternoon.

The Welcome Firemen’s Relief Association will host its annual chicken feed 5 p.m. Friday at the Welcome American Legion, where a 1929 restored fire truck will be on display. It will be the first time the truck has been on display since the remodeling project began in 2012.

“This is something we’re really excited about,” said Justin Borchardt, a member of the Welcome Summer Festival committee, which helps organize the event.

Other Friday evening events include inflatable rides, kids activities and bean bag tournament registration, which all begin at 6 p.m. At 8:30 p.m., entertainment will be at Kortes Bar and Grill, with Black Rose Production with Krissy Marie, while a teen dance will be held at the Welcome city park.

“We decided to move the teen dance up there, so the kids can have their own deal instead of just being lumped in with the adults,” Borchardt said.

On Saturday, the citywide garage sales begin with 23 sales registered and mapped. There also will be a new feature for bargain hunters, with the first annual flea market to be held at Weiss Milling.

The annual slow-pitch softball tournament will begin at 8:30 a.m. and Outlaws baseball will take the field at 1 p.m.

“It’s a 35-and-over baseball team and they play at the FLASC ball diamonds,” Borchardt said. “They call themselves the Southern Minnesota Outlaws.”

Main Street activities take off Saturday afternoon with the big parade planned for 4 p.m., along with the antique tractor and equipment show and the Shine and Show car show. Following the parade is the Welcome Legion pork chop feed, and a performance from the Groove drumline.

A Welcome Fire Department demonstration will be going on from 5-6 p.m. After 6 p.m., the kiddie tractor pull begins and the toilet races begin at 7 p.m. The street dance kicks off at 8:30 p.m. with the band “Down To Earth.”

“We’re doing a few different things on Sunday,” Borchardt said. “We’re having a pancake feed from 9 a.m. to noon, and all the donations are going toward our 125th anniversary, which is going to be next year. We’re going to be having a lot of different fundraisers throughout the year, so that next year’s festival can be larger, but still relatively free. We try not to charge a lot so people can come out to Welcome and have a good time without spending a lot of money.”