WINDOM - This weekend’s annual Riverfest Celebration in Windom will honor a milestone moment for one of its organizations.
In addition to the traditional Riverfest activities, the community will help the Windom American Legion Post 206 celebrate its 100th anniversary.
The commemoration of both the Windom and entire organization’s anniversary (the American Legion was founded in March 1919) will take place in a variety of forms throughout the weekend.
Organizers describe this year’s “100 Years of the American Legion”-themed parade as the biggest and best it has been in years. More than 90 parade entries will take off from the 16th Street lineup at 6 p.m. Saturday.
According to Riverfest Committee Member and Parade Chairperson Deb Maxson, American Legion posts from around the area will be making the trip to Windom’s parade to celebrate the Legion’s anniversary and to honor veterans.
“We’ll be handing out 1,400 flags before the parade and sending out brochures for flag etiquette,” she said.
The parade will also feature members from the Shriners Circus. This year will have parade judges to judge floats, bands and other entries.
Maxson also suggested that there’s more “new and interesting” stuff coming this year, including a surprise that hasn’t been in the Windom parade since the late ’80s.
The parade Grand Marshal will be Minnesota American Legion Commander Darrel Redepenning.
Guests will have the chance to hear Redepenning speak at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Business Arts and Recreation Center, where POW/MIA memorial walls will be displayed for viewing. Redepenning’s message is anticipated to last about 45 minutes to an hour.
Individuals will have plenty of opportunities to visit the Vietnam, Korean and other wars’ POW/MIA memorial traveling walls throughout the weekend. The traveling walls from Fulda will be displayed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the BARC Gymnasium.
Maxson said books will be available for on-site research.
This year’s Riverfest celebration will also include plenty of live music. Musical performances begin at 5 p.m. Friday at the Phat Pheasant Pub, where Sam Unruh will perform until 8 p.m. The next round of musicians will keep the party going from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Music can also be heard throughout Saturday. Live music will permeate the Cottonwood Courthouse Square from 1 to 4 p.m. More music and dancing can be enjoyed Saturday night from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Windom Arena. The performance by Whiskey Stone is sponsored by the Windom Lions Club.
Miss Riverfest and Miss Photogenic Meadow Espenson was crowned Monday evening. Runner-up was Grace Becker. Katie Boltjes was crowned Miss Congeniality.
Other Riverfest Events include:Thursday
3 to 5 p.m., King and Queen of Kastle Kingdom Obstacle Course, Kastle Kingdom.Friday
5 to 8 p.m., Hy-Vee Community Cookout, Windom Area High School; 5 to 8 p.m., Friday night family events, Windom Area High School; 10:15 p.m., fireworks near Windom Area High School.Saturday
8 to 10 a.m., Windom Area Health Fun Run and Walk, Island Park; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Craft and Vendor Fair, Courthouse Square; 9 to 11 a.m., Youth Fishing Tournament, Tegels Park; 11 a.m., Sons of Norway Smorgasbord, Cottonwood County Historical Society; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., children’s activities, Courthouse Square; 2 p.m., turtle races, Fourth Avenue.Sunday
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Karz-N-Trux Car Show and Antique Tractor Show, Tegels Park; 1 p.m., Bean Bag Tournament, Cottonwood Lake; 3 p.m. Canoe/Kayak & Raft, Des Moines River, 15th Avenue Landing.
For more information, visit the Windom Riverfest Facebook page.