Another Western Fest is over, what a great community! It was great seeing all the families out enjoying the evening during Wednesday's Kick- off night and enjoying a meal from the Ambulance Squad's fundraiser. The Western Fest Royalty Committee did a great job with the Kiddie Carnival in Rice Park. We had a few more entries than last year in the Kiddie Parade. The Aquatennial Royalty made everything a bit more special, too!

The Western Fest Committee works hard on this event and the parade, thanks to everyone who volunteers for a great city event! Saturday's parade was fun with all the drum lines, music and the Fagen flyover at the end. The rodeo is growing with participants every year, we're lucky to have the facility and volunteers to host this professional rodeo every year. The Kiwanis Popcorn Stand is usually open during Saturday's parade, but this time they broke a record of being open for a total of 13 consecutive hours, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. (Sunday morning).

Don't miss the History of the Popcorn Stand exhibit at the Andrew Volstead House, open every Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., the display opened during Western Fest after the parade with a great turnout. Welcome Bisbee Commercial Plumbing and Heating to the Chamber and the Granite Falls business community. This Marshall business is opening another branch in Granite Falls.

The Chamber is working on a "Top 10 Things to Do in Granite Falls" rack card with the list on the front and advertising on the back. If you would like your business advertised on these, contact the Chamber office at 320-564-4039. These will be included in the Granite Falls Guides that go to the Mall of America as well as an easy handout at Prairie’s Edge Casino and highway businesses.

I've already sent three boxes of Granite Falls guides to the Mall of America where the Chamber has paid for a rack spot near the hotel. More guides get mailed to individuals who ask for visitor information through Explore Minnesota tourism and the Scenic Byway websites. They're also sent to the Minnesota Welcome Centers, your advertising dollars in our local visitor guides go a long way! Don't miss the next Riverside Market and Muse on Saturday, July 8. Bring the kids for "Blues for Kids" at 12:30 p.m. where they'll get a free harmonica lesson and can keep the harmonica. It's free for any type of vendors and the free concert starts at 11:30 a.m. also on July 8.