The Main Event

There will be something for everyone and day-long activities in downtown Minot on Saturday as the annual Festival on Main celebrates the city’s center and brings the masses together.

The Downtown Minot Association’s 2013 Festival on Main will start on Main Street in downtown Minot at 10 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m., followed by a street dance starting at 7 p.m. Admission to the festival is free for all ages and there will be free parking available in downtown city lots. There will be a $10 cover charge for the street dance, however, and is open only to people ages 21 and over.

Denise Lindbo, owner of Gourmet Chef and coordinator for the Festival on Main, said the festival has been happening for at least 15 years, if not longer, and she has been involved with it for 15 years. The festival has been held at various times over the years, but August seems to be the best time with back to school shopping, she added, as the last big hoopla before kids go back to school.

Many fun activities for all ages are promised at the Festival on Main including bingo, a karaoke contest, performances by local dance studios, carnival games, bounce houses, face painting, Dizzy the Clown, pedal cars, K-9 dog demonstrations from the Minot Air Force Base, classic car show and presentations on historic Minot.

There will also be more than 60 food and craft vendors up and down Main Street, Lindbo said, and most of the stores on Main Street will have special things going on in their locations.

Back by popular demand to the Festival on Main this year will be a street dance. Wild Hands will be the opening act, followed by the group Soulshine, performing as the main act, both of which are local bands. “We thought we’d try it (a street dance) again and see how it goes,” Lindbo said.

Festival on Main typically brings in a big crowd. “People love coming downtown,” Lindbo said, and participating in all of the activities for families. “When we do events like this, it helps people remember what a lovely place downtown is. And downtown is all local.” People say that if the city has a strong downtown, then that makes all the difference for the city, she added. “And we’re (downtown) kind of the core or heart of Minot.”

People attending the downtown event can expect a fun, old-fashioned festival, Lindbo said. “We have so much for the kids and it’s a final summer event for the kids before school,” she added. “You can have a fun time downtown.”

There are still openings for vendors to have a spot at the festival, Lindbo said, and applications for vendors are available at the Taube Museum of Art or online at (www.downtownminot.com). Volunteers are also always needed for the event and if people are interested, they can call Lindbo at Gourmet Chef at 839-8928 or the Taube Museum of Art at 838-4445. There is also a page for Festival on Main on Facebook that people can check for updates, Lindbo said.