Love County Frontier Days returns to Main Street in Marietta this evening and will run through Saturday. The celebration began in 1966, and for those who have since left the city, the festival provides an excellent reason to return.
“Frontier Days has become like the Homecoming of Love County,” Nic McMillin, festival organizer, explained. “People come back to town to attend. There are all sorts of family reunions and school reunions going on all weekend long.”
Their reasons for returning becomes obvious once you learn about all of the fun activities scheduled over the next three days. In addition to the carnival, which will run Thursday and Friday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and all day Saturday, other events are scheduled daily that the entire family can enjoy.
Tonight the festival kicks off at 6 p.m. with gospel music on the Frontier Stage located near the courthouse on Main Street. Friday’s festivities will include a Main Street parade, a hot dog eating contest, and a cornhole tossing contest.
Saturday marks the final day of the celebration, and various events and contests are scheduled. The morning offers a fun run, turtle racing, and a horseshoe contest. The afternoon will include an egg toss and a tug-of-war championship.
It is Saturday evening, however, that makes the Love County Frontier Festival so special. At 8 p.m., Main Street will become a one giant dance party with live music provided by The Dakota. After the street dance, those wanting to prove their rhythmic prowess can compete in a dance contest. Finally, the festival will conclude with a fireworks display at 10 p.m.
The events mentioned only portray a small portion of the fun scheduled over the weekend. Everything with the exception of the carnival rides and food are free and open to all. To see a full schedule visit Frontier Day’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/lovecountyfrontierdays.