LUVERNE — Bands from Minnesota, South Dakota and Iowa will converge on Luverne Saturday to take part in one of the longest running community marching competitions in the region. With 23 bands participating throughout the day, the public can enjoy over 2,500 marching band students.

The 70th annual Tri-State Band Festival begins with a parade competition at 9:30 a.m. on Main Street in downtown Luverne. There will be 17 marching bands in the parade, including the Minnesota State University Marching Mavericks from Mankato.

Beginning at 12:30 p.m., watch the flags wave, hear the horns blare and see the intricate maneuvers of 11 bands in the field competition on the Cardinal Football Field, 709 North Kniss Ave. (U.S. 75) in Luverne.

Admission to the field competition is with the purchase of the Tri-State Band Festival button. Buttons are $10, and include a $2 coupon for use at the Luverne Music Boosters Concessions Stand during the field competition.

Participating Minnesota bands are Adrian-Ellsworth, Murray County Central, Pipestone, Stewartville and Worthington. From Iowa are George-Little Rock, Boyden-Hull and West Lyon. South Dakota bands include Garretson, Dell Rapids, Lennox, Madison, Sioux Falls Christian, Tri-Valley, West Central, Brookings, Huron, O’Gorman, Tea Area and Brandon Valley.

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Honoring the festival in exhibition in the parade and on the field is Professor Michael Thursby’s Minnesota State University Marching Mavericks from Mankato.

Host bands are Luverne Middle School and Luverne High School.