De Soto Days moved to July
The annual De Soto Days Festival has moved. Not to a new location, but to a new date.
Mark your calendars; this year’s De Soto Days Festival will be July 8 through 10.
Alesa Miller, the festival committee’s chair, said the main reason for the change was timing.
“Labor Day weekend seemed to conflict with too many peoples plan so we were hoping the move would increase attendance and make De Soto Days better,” Miller said.
After last year’s festival, which was its first year at Riverfest Park, the festival committee asked residents to fill out a survey, which would help improve the 2010 festival.
Among some of the recommendations that will be implemented this year are the inclusion of 4-H animals and more tented seating.
“We just tried to listen to the community, take their suggestions so we could better serve them,” she said.
The Riverfest Park location was such a big hit, it will once again house De Soto Days events.
Miller said the park was ideal because of its size and because the parking situation was much better.
Like last year, Thursday July 8, and Friday July 9, will be wristband night. A $20 wristband will give you unlimited access to carnival rides for that night. The wristbands will soon be on sale at locations around town.
Live music will also be a part of this year’s festivities.
On Thursday July 8, four bands will perform on the stage. On Friday July 9 the Stranger Creek band will perform from 8 – 10 p.m.
On Saturday July 10, Juff Lux will perform from 8-10 p.m.
Saturday July 10, will start with a 10K run or 5K walk. Registration for the run/walk will be from 6:30 a.m.-7:30 a.m. at the De Soto Youth Ministries. The run/walk will begin at 8 a.m.
If you’re not running, or if all the exercise builds up your appetite, Chris Cakes will be available at the De Soto Youth Ministries from 7:30-10:30 a.m.
At 9:45 a.m. Saturday July 10, the youth parade will make its way through downtown followed by the regular parade at 10:45 a.m.
This year’s grand marshal for the parade is none other than the illustrious Elvyn Jones, former editor of The De Soto Explorer and The Eudora News.