Brown City Days Festival
June 8-11, 2017

Community rallies, will host festival June 9-12 in Brown City
By Steven Kovac

BROWN CITY --- Thanks to the hard work of about 25 community volunteers, there will be a summer festival downtown this year.

The event scheduled for June 9-12, is officially called the Brown City Days Soybean Festival. It will be anchored by a carnival, fireworks and a parade.

According to festival commission chairman Frank Fiorello, the fun-fest will be filled with more than 20 additional attractions, including food vendors, exotic animals, a concert, car show, teen dance, ATV and mini tractor pull, various contests and ball tournaments, and many other interesting booths and exhibits.

The festival commission and volunteers are  very proud to have an article on the front page of the Brown City Banner again and wish to thank the Banner and Steven Kovac as well as the community for their amazing support! Thank you, we are so excited to have been able to bring the festival back this year, we couldn't have done it without you! We hope everyone enjoys the weekend.

-Frank, Jammie, Amy, Jamie, Myla, Missy, Mike, Cathy, Grace, and all the 2016 volunteers.

Resurrected summer festival expected to be the best in years
Brown City Days Soybean Festival starts Thursday
By Steven Kovac

BROWN CITY----At its Dec. 28, 2015 meeting, the city council glumly voted to attach these words to the town’s ad in a county visitor’s guide, “Thumb Soybean Festival Canceled for 2016.”

After the meeting, City Manager Clint Holmes said, “The intent of the council is to support a summer festival…but the key is having some dedicated volunteers to organize the event. That’s what we need in order to do something in 2017.”

 Tell that to Frank Fiorello, Jamie Bird, and their band of 30 citizen volunteer who are poised to pull off this weekend what is described as the biggest and best summer festival in years.

 “After I read of the festival’s cancellation,” says Fiorello. “I showed up at the city council’s February 15, meeting with some family and friends and said, ‘you need volunteers? Here we are.’”

Fiorello went on to say, “With the support of the council, and especially of Clint Holmes whose experience an expertise was so helpful, we created a nine-member festival board. The community really came together with over-whelming support. The donations, the fund-raising drives and events. They supported it all. The spirit of the community is the reason for our success in revitalizing the festival.”

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