Event Forms & Information
New Melodrama Sought
Marigold Days 50th Anniversary Committee is seeking submissions from playwrights, dramatists and scriptwriters for a new melodrama that “commemorates” the beginnings of our Marigold Days festival. This committee is working with the Mantorville Theater Company (MTC) to produce this play as the last selection of their 2015 Melodrama Season including September 12-13, 2015—the weekend of our 50th Anniversary.
A working or staging draft of your script should be submitted to the committee by October 31, 2014. Interpret the facts as you wish in your script. This is a melodrama, not a strict documentation of facts. Your play should contain all the elements found in traditional melodrama: 1880’s southeastern Minnesota setting, a villain, hero, heroine, mistaken identity, long lost relatives, and good rewarded while evil is punished. MTC’s summer melodramas typically run about an hour with song and dance olios. The premise for this production is the founding of the festival or relationship between Mantorville, the humble marigold flower and the festival. A list of very basic information gleaned from locally authored histories of Mantorville is in the above link. Run with it!
To further entice you and your muse, the committee is offering a $100.00 first prize along with the guarantee of royalties from eleven stagings of your work by MTC. Second place will be awarded $50.00 and the possibility of future production by MTC. Third place and honorable mention will receive $25.00 and also the possibility of future production by MTC.
Saturday 9:00am - 5:00 pm
Sunday 9:00am - 5:00pm
We want everyone to be thinking about what they might bring to the Flower Show that is held at theGreek Revival House just north of the Music Stage onClay Street. We have 13 Categories for Marigolds and then there are 30 other categories. We have categories for Children’s flower arrangements too. If you have a flower arrangement, we will find a class for it. We accept entries on Friday, Sept. 6th from 4PM to 9PM. They are judged on Saturday morning. Cash prizes are given in the 13 Marigold Categories and ribbons are given in all categories. There is also a Best of Show award chosen from all 43 Categories. Please come and help to make it a beautiful show.
For more information contact Muriel French at 507-635-5619 or Kathy Overson at 507-635-5575.
Start Time 8:30am
Register for the annual Stagecoach 5K Run at Mantor Field. Registrations are only taken on the day of the race. $15.00 entry fee per runner. Runners will receive a long sleeved tee shirt, snacks,water & juice after the run and lots of cheering from spectators along the way. A new route has been mapped out for this year. Race begins at Mantor field in northwest Mantorville, ending at the corner of Fifth Street and Clay Street near the Post Office downtown.
Pie & Ice Cream Social
Saturday & Sunday
Enjoy homemade pie, ice cream and coffee at the Senior Center. Here is your chance to relax a bit after the hustle and bustle of the
Flea Market or the Parade.
The Senior Citizens' Center is located on the corner of 6th and Clay Street in the historic St. Margaret's Church building. Circa 1862.
Ice Cream -- $.50
Coffee or Water -- $.50
Proceeds from this fundraiser benefit the Senior Center.
Kids' Fishing Contest
This popular event takes place on Goat Island on the South side of Riverside Park. Bring your own pole and bait. Contestants will be divided into age groups: 3-8, 9-12 and 13-16. Everyone gets a prize with trophies given to the first place winner in each age group.
For more information or to donate to this Marigold Days Kids' event, call Billy Glawe 507-259-1754
Eagle Scout Project Dedication
A ceremony marking the completion of the city's new flag monument will be held Saturday at City Hall. Mayor Chuck Bradford and State Senator Dave Senjem will be in attendance as well as the Mantorville McGinley-Rasmussen VFW Post 4555. The new monument consists of three poles for the American, Minnesota and Mantorville Fire Department flags. In addition, landscaping has been improved and a bench added to the setting by the Scout who proposed and completed this project.
Save the Date
September 12 & 13, 2015
It all began with the humble marigold, a hearty and colorful little flower native to the Americas. Initially begun as a flower show to promote the planting of marigolds throughout the Mantorville community, with the sponsorship of Marigold Dairies, this event has grown to be on one the region's best known and most annual attended festivals. Marigold Days offers something for everyone. Antique & Flea market, Flower Show, Quilt Show, Car Show, Melodramas, Music, Dances, a 5K Run, lots of really good food, a Grande Parade, Fireworks and a Baseball Tournament. Since 1965, 50 years of fun.
This site will give you event information and driving directions to Mantorville.
Below are some of the activites from our 2014 Marigold Days.
Sunday 10:30AM - 1:30PM
Play for two days under the big tent at the
This game is open to persons 18 years of age and older, unless accompanied by an adult. Sheets of three bingo faces can be purchased for $1.00.
Prizes for a variety of games provided by area merchants and individuals.
Bonnie Lindberg, Jim Marrinan, Kevin Callahan of Appraisal Specialists Midwest will be on hand again this year to give a brief evaluation of an heirloom or treasure you may have. There is a fee of $5.00 per item to be appraised. Look for the appraisal tent on the lawn west of the Welcome Center across from the bank.
Sunday 9:00AM -2:00PM
We love to display newly sewn, vintage and heritage quilts. These textile treasures can be quilts sewn by you or quilts that you have acquired. All quilts must be brought to the Opera House, Thursday, September 5th between 4 and 7 p.m. That gives us time to hang them for display. You will be able to pick up your entried quilts on Sunday, Sept 8th at 3 p.m. As in previous years, winners of viewers choice will be given a small monetary award and have their picture in the Dodge County Independent.
Volunteer & Vendor Appreciation Social Hour
All volunteers and vendors are invited to stop by the Welcome Center for refreshments before the events of the weekend begin to unfold. Welcome Center staffers would like to thank you for all you do to make this festival such a success.
Any questions: Please calNaatz at r Julie Peterson at 635-5872
Prizes awarded for the
Greg Peterson Memorial
Cy Kubista Pick
Best of Show