Borderfest is this weekend

Published 11:19 am Thursday, June 26, 2014

A man participates in the Borderfest parade in June 2012. – Kessa Albright/Albert Lea Tribune

A man participates in the Borderfest parade in June 2012. – Kessa Albright/Albert Lea Tribune

EMMONS — Borderfest, slated for Friday and Saturday, comes to Emmons again this year, and while most things are almost the same as last year, the entertainment lineup has changed.

The festival’s trademark Johnny Holm Band won’t be at Borderfest this year, and the main attraction will be Arch Allies instead.

While the Johnny Holm Band is more of a variety band, Arch Allies is a tribute band to Styx, Journey and REO Speedwagon. Arch Allies has played at the Diamond Jo Casino and at outdoor events around Emmons several times, and has always brought tremendous crowds. Arch Allies will perform on Friday night and Shag will be on Saturday night, switching the entertainment order around as well.

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There will be no busing this year as there has been the past couple years. Due to the change in entertainment, the festival wants to see what kind of crowd will come. The ATV mud bog is back this year, and for the first time in 10 years there will be coed volleyball.

Borderfest is sponsored by Norseman Trucking of Lake Mills, Emmons Commercial Club, American Legion Post 371, Security Bank Minnesota, Holiday Inn Express of Northwood, Albert Lea Electric, Winnebago Cooperative Telephone Association, Diamond Jo Casino, Larson Contracting and Rognes Bros. The car and tractor shows also have sponsors this year. The car show is sponsored by Forest City Ford out of Forest City and the tractor show is sponsored by D&L Equipment of Kensett.


Borderfest 2014 

Friday, June 27

• 8:30 p.m.: Street dance with Arch Allies $15 at the door

• Food vendors: MM Greek Food, Bruno’s, Smokin’ Bros.


Saturday, June 28

• Citywide Garage sales

• Food vendors – MM Greek Food, Bruno’s, Smokin’ Bros.

• 9 a.m.: Volleyball tournament (8:30 a.m. registration)

• 9 a.m.-noon: Senior Center bake sale

• 9 a.m.-noon: Emmons Community Library/Museum book sale

• 10 a.m.-6 p.m.: Inflatables

• 10:30 a.m.: Border Parade

• Noon: Horse and pony rides begin

• Noon-7 p.m.: Car show with car and bike fun cruise (10 a.m. registration, awards at 3:30 p.m.)

• Noon: Kids’ pedal pull

• Noon: Corn hole tournament

• 2 p.m.: Stateline OHV mud bog (11 a.m. registration)

• 2:30-6:30 p.m.: Dunnel Lenort

• 3 p.m.: Antique tractor show awards (Register before noon, $10 per vehicle)

• 4 p.m.: Car cruise (Registration starts at 3 p.m.)

• 4:30-7 p.m.: Pork chop supper

• 8:30 p.m.: Street dance with Shag, $10 at the door