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Photos by Mike Lamb Fireworks over downtown Marshall combined with music from Time Machine entertained a large crowd in downtown Marshall for Sounds of Summer and the 150th anniversary celebration.

MARSHALL — The Marshall community held two celebrations in one over the weekend: the annual Sounds of Summer festival and Marshall’s 150th birthday.

There was no shortage of things to do and, combined with good weather in the evening, it drew crowds, event organizers said.

“It was definitely a really good, fun weekend for everyone,” said Brock Klaith of the Sounds of Summer committee. “It seemed like whatever was going on had a good crowd.”

Attendance at the Friday and Saturday events was estimated at around 2,000 people, Klaith said.

Organizers of some of Saturday’s individual events also said turnout was strong. Rotary members of Marshall Noon reported selling 700 rubber duck race tickets on the Redwood River, and Shades of the Past Auto Club counted 86 vehicles at their Show and Shine event.

“It was a record for us” said Wayne Mack of Shades of the Past. “In previous years, the maximum we had was around 75.”

Weekend events included Sounds of Summer favorites like outdoor concerts, featuring Sweet Siren, Roxbury and Time Machine. But the 150th anniversary celebrations also included a family event with activities for children on Friday evening, a performance by illusionist Jett Skrien and fireworks on Saturday evening.

“I think the weekend was extremely successful” said Lauren Deutz, director of Marshall EDA and member of the 150th anniversary committee. “Our committee felt it was important to find events that celebrated the city and brought our community together.”

“Partnering with Sounds of Summer allowed us to deliver an activity-filled weekend, and we appreciated their resources and expertise in the planning process,” she says.

Many in the crowd over the weekend said they went to several different events, from the Pickers Paradise flea market, to the illusionist show and the Sounds of Summer parade.

“I liked the parade” said Nevi Lugar. Lugar also had a blast in the children’s pedal tractor draw, where she qualified for the four-year-old age group.

Nevi’s mother, Christy Lugar, said her family was enjoying the weekend with friends from Wisconsin.

“It’s something that brings people to town” she said of the festival.

Rod Barstad, of Watertown, SD, said Saturday was his first appearance at the Show and Shine event.

“They had a great audience. The parade was crazy,” said Barstad.

“The parade route was full of people from the start,” agreed Jane Wilkison. She and her husband Rod were leading the parade of classic cars.

Klaith said the attendance at Sounds of Summer events this week was good to see.

“It continued to build each year”, Claith said. It said something about the local community and businesses, that they would continue to come together, he said.

“We want to thank the community and all the sponsors” Claith said. “Without them, this would never have happened.

While Marshall’s 150th birthday was a once-in-a-lifetime event, Sounds of Summer will return.

“We look forward to seeing everyone in 2023,” Claith said.

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