Concordia Main Street to host May Day Celebration

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Area residents will have an opportunity to celebrate their German heritage at the May Day Celebration on Saturday, May 6, in Concordia’s Central Park from 10 a.m. to noon.

According to Jami Benson, vice president of the Concordia Main Street board of directors, this free community event is sponsored by Concordia Main Street Inc., and promises to be a morning full of family fun.

“Children’s games and activities will be provided by Oriole Strong,” Benson said. “There will also be a craft activity by Trails Regional Library, and entertainment by Jessica’s Twirlers and Shapes Dance and Acro.”

Benson said the fun will continue with a special competition.

“We are encouraging people to come to the celebration dressed in their best Lederhosen or Dirndl and enter the best dressed German contest,” she said.

No sign up is necessary. Contestants need to show up on stage when the contest is announced at 11:30 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for the winning entry in each of the four divisions: girls 12 and under, boys 12 and under, adult female, and adult male.

“Festivities will culminate with the Maypole Dance performed by Concordia Elementary School students,” Benson said. “The Maypole Dance is a European tradition where participants weave ribbons around the pole as they dance. Everyone will be invited to learn how to dance around the maypole.”

This is the second biennial May Day Celebration sponsored by Concordia Main Street. In 2015, the refurbished Maypole was rededicated at the inaugural celebration.

“We (Concordia Main Street) are excited to sponsor events such as the May Day Celebration,” Benson added. “This is a wonderful opportunity to foster a sense of pride within the community, engage area residents, and offer economic opportunities for the city. You won’t want to miss this wonderful family friendly, community event in celebration of spring and our community’s German heritage.”

At the event, a flyer will be distributed with coupons for local merchants and restaurants to encourage shopping and dining in Concordia.

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