EDMORE — The famous Potato Festival will return to Edmore this Friday through Sunday.
The festival will get underway with the seventh annual Home Township Fire Department appreciation celebration from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the fire barn, featuring hot dogs, brats, ice cream, a smokehouse and activities for children and more. The appreciation celebration will be followed by the firemen’s parade at dusk, featuring a bagpiper leading marching firefighters, a tribute to Sept. 11, 2001, and a memorial service at Third and Main streets.
A new event this year is a free horseshoe tournament hosted by Parts Plus. The tournament will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday on old Webb Field. Pat Fuller, a mechanic at Parts Plus, encourages people to pre-register to participate by calling Parts Plus at (989) 427-3500.
“It’s going to be a first round elimination, single elimination thing,” Fuller said. “It’s going to be set up bracket style. Mostly it’s just for fun. I made up some trophies for the winners. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Gale’s Gym 5K, 10K and kid’s run will return Saturday morning, with registration at 8 a.m. and the races beginning at 9 a.m.
The Potato Festival parade will make its way downtown at 2 p.m. Saturday, featuring three longtime firefighters as grand marshals — Edwin Adams, Timber Irwin and Randy Linton.
Old Webb Field will be home to many activities Saturday, including inflatable toys for children beginning at 1 p.m., mechanical bull rides presented by the Maxfield family from 4 to 8 p.m. and mobile gaming systems presented by Chemical Bank from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The second annual Super Kicker Rodeo presented by Randall’s Old Mill will return from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday on old Webb Field. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and younger with children 3 and younger free.
Randall’s Old Mill owner Cliff Randall said last year’s inaugural event attracted more people than he anticipated. This year, additional seating is being added.
“It’s good entertainment all around,” said Randall of the rodeo. “It has exciting moments with the bull riding and funny moments with the clowns and people riding sheep. People of all ages will enjoy it.”
The festival will come to an end Sunday with a veterans breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon at the VFW building, a back-to-school extravaganza (free school supplies, personal care items, haircuts and clothes for youths through kindergarten through the 12th grade) from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Endeavor Center, music on Curtis Pond from 6 to 8 p.m. and an ice cream social support by River Valley Credit Union at 7 p.m. at Curtis Pond.
Edmore Potato Festival Chairman Rich Adgate did not return repeated messages seeking comment for this story.