Menahga Midsummer Festival this weekend
By Nick Longworth
Expect the streets of Menahga to be filled with thousands of people this weekend for the annual Midsummer Celebration.
All over the City of Menahga, at the city park and along the banks of Spirit Lake, over 5,000 are expected to attend and join in on the festivities.
Beginning on Friday, July 11 the Miss Menahga/Little Miss Pageant will be held in the high school gym at 7 p.m. Beginning at noon and going until 1 a.m., there will also be a beer garden and food served at the VFW.
Then on Saturday the St. Urho 5 & 10K walk/run begins at 9 a.m., with registration at Shell ending at 8:30.All day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. an arts and crafts fair will be held on Main Street.Kid Again Amusements including bungee basketball, a Velcro “sticky” wall, radar speed check and a two-on-two sports arena will be available from 1:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are 24 tickets for $20. On Saturday, they will be sold for $1 each. All activities will be either one or two tickets.The Midsummer Grand Parade will signal Saturday night is coming to a close and will begin at 7 p.m.Fireworks on Spirit Lake will officially end Saturday’s schedule and are set to begin at dusk.“Tickets that are purchased by individuals enable the Menahga Civic and Commerce to provide free fun activities for the Menahga and surrounding community throughout the year,” said Liz Olson, president of the Menahga Civic and Commerce Association for the past three years.“Projects, such as the Menahga Log Structure Signs on both the North and South ends of Menahga on Hwy. 71, the St. Urho Statue and the St. Urho Log Pavilion which was constructed this spring and will soon be completed are all made possible.”Sunday will welcome to Spirit Lake for the second year the Bald Eagle Water Ski Show from 1:30-3 p.m. The event will be free of charge.Official flyers can be found online. However, Olson explained some changes have been made to the flyers found online.“On Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. until dark the Redeemer Lutheran Church Food Booth downtown will be serving (instead of the cut-off time of 4:00 p.m.) Also, Northbound Spirits has a band coming. I know they will be serving food too,” Olson said.“So, as you can see, both the VFW and Northbound Spirits will have music and food all weekend long! The Menahga Civic and Commerce Association Midsummer Celebration has something for everyone with everything virtually being free of charge. We want to make Menahga a better place to live, work and play.”