'Christmas in July' coming SaturdayAdrian festival’s events begin at 7 a.m.
By: Kari Lucin, Worthington Daily Globe
ADRIAN — ’Tis the other season to be jolly, as Adrian celebrates its third annual Christmas in July town festival Saturday, with a parade, a run/walk and even a mechanical bull.
“If (you) are looking for an inexpensive way to have a fun night out, this would be it,” said Joni Aggen, president of the Adrian Town and Country Association. “We’ve got everything right within two blocks.”
Adrian’s celebration was once called “Farm and Home Days,” and it took place in July. Three years ago it was revamped, given a Christmas theme and renamed.
The festival kicks off with a run/walk in Lower Park. Registration starts at 7 a.m., with the three-mile walk beginning at 7:45 a.m., and the run beginning at 8 a.m. The run has a 5K route and a 10K route, as well as a one-mile run for kids.
A craft fair featuring 15 booths with floral arrangements, jewelry, food and cooking products, braided rugs and many other crafts, will be at St. Adrian’s Church from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Inflatables, cow chip bingo, water balloon wars, face painting, plane train rides and refreshments will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the same area.
The food booth will feature pork burgers, hot dogs, chips, baked beans and home-made pie from 11 a.m. to midnight at the fire hall.
The kiddie parade starts at 6:45 p.m., with the parade proper beginning at 7 p.m. After the parade, the kiddie tractor pull will begin.
A mechanical bull is the newest addition to Christmas in July, and it will be running from 4 to 10 p.m. near the fire hall.
A DJ will provide music to the gathering and a beer tent will be available from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m., also near the fire hall.
“It’s good food, good company, good music, and you can take your chances on the mechanical bull,” Aggen said.