Greater Crater Days get colorful

MANSON – Greater Crater Days hopes to get a little more bang for its buck this time around.

The event committee plans to bring back fireworks for the first time in years to the annual celebration in Manson.

“We just think it’s time to bring them back,” said Kelli Girard, Manson Chamber of Commerce president. “We’re getting it from donations. We’re not quite there yet.”

The fireworks will – hopefully – be Friday night following the truck pull. As usual, that will be sponsored by the Midwest Pullers Association, said GCD Board President Todd Partlow.

“We’re redoing our local pull,” Partlow said. “There should be a lot more local trucks.”

There’s always a good number of regulars to fill out that event, Partlow said.

“The group that comes is pretty consistent.”

There will again be a 5k run at 9 a.m. Saturday morning, but with an extra twist.

“It’s a color run this year,” Girard said. “There’s certain spots where you get blown with colored powder, so at the end you’re a total rainbow.”

Saturday’s parade will start feature a whole convoy of classic tractors, Girard said. They will stop by as part of the Memorial Tractor Ride for Ryan Peterson, beginning in Palmer.

“We’ve heard 150 tractors, but we’re not positive yet,” she said.

After that there will be games at the fairgrounds. A spelling bee will be held at 1 p.m. in the fairground’s little red schoolhouse, and at 3 p.m. the bathtub races will return.

That event was popular when it was introduced last year, Girard said. Five person teams are needed – one of which will have to sit in the water and steer. Registrations will be taken up to the time of the event.

Another aspect growing in popularity is the Rib Cookoff, which will begin at 5 p.m. It’s open to anyone, either individuals or businesses, she said.

“There’s usually at least 15 entries,” Girard said.

Music will be on the main stage downtown, with gates opening at 6 p.m. and the first band at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5, and visitors can bring chairs.

Manson band The Culprits will open the show, followed by the Ski Band from Fort Dodge. The Jay Clyde Band, from Manson, will be the headliner this year, Partlow said.

“Jay Clyde has been opening for us a few years,” he said. “This year I’m bumping these guys up.”