St. Michael Daze and Knights, the community’s annual festival to celebrate the waning days of summer, is set to kick off Friday with food, inflatables and plenty of music.
The weekend starts Friday night as the inflatable midway, featuring the “moonscape” madness, a pirate ship and plenty of “bouncy houses” opens at 5 p.m. and will run until 9 p.m. Wristbands are available now at St. Michael City Hall which gives kids (and young adults) access to almost every inflatable on the grounds for a discounted fee. Wristbands are good both Friday and Saturday. There are some inflatables that do cost extra.
Friday’s action continues with the beer garden and concession area opening at 5 p.m. Bring the family out for dinner as there will be sandwiches and meats from Dehmer’s, ice cream, hot dogs, corn, pizza and much more to munch on.
Friday night gets rolling at 5 p.m. with the beer garden opening for the weekend. Then, it’s on with the entertainment with some St. Michael Daze and Knights regulars – the Dueling Pianos. This musical act is sensational, and has been to the region twice before, drawing rave reviews. The show starts promptly at 8 p.m., and they’ll run until midnight. This is a 21 and up show ONLY, and there is a $5 cover charge. The St. Michael Lions Club will be manning the ID station and the beer garden as well.
This will be the first year for the St. Michael Color Daze 5K Run. Complete details can be found here, including registration.
The Classic Car Show will be held from 10 a.m. at 3 p.m. at a NEW location – in front of the Marktplace Grocery Store. There will be prizes in several categories.
Let your artistic side show in the annual Chalk Walk, sponsored by shop St. Michael and others. Grab a square on the south side of St. Michael City Hall around 9:30 a.m. and the contest will run until 10:30 a.m. Several prizes will be awarded with grab bags for almost everyone who participates.
The inflatables pop up again around 11 a.m., running through 10 p.m. Concessions along the midway will open at 10 a.m.
The annual Parade, which runs from Town Center Drive onto Edgewood and, finally, Frankfort Parkway, starts promptly at 1:30 p.m. Dozens of entrants are registered representing local businesses, politicians and youth sports groups. It’s a great way to support the community.
The weekend closes with fireworks at dusk and the band Outside Recess under the big tent from 8 p.m. to Midnight (again, a 21 and up show with a $5 cover).
Other events include:
Business Expo – 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Bean Bag Tourney – 10:30 a.m. registration, 11 a.m. start
Bingo – noon to 3 p.m. in the beer garden (no beer though), sponsored by the Senior Center
Sawdust Pile Treasure Hunt – sponsored by First American Bank, starts promptly at 11 a.m.
Fire Department Demos – post-parade Saturday.
For more information and locations on all of these events, check out the St. Michael Daze and Knights Website. The event is also on Facebook, where you can post pictures and leave messages for this year’s organizers.