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Sounds of Summer — music to our ears

August 23, 2011
Marshall Independent

All the committee meetings, all the behind-the-scenes volunteer work that took place planning Marshall's Sounds of Summer festival, appears to have paid off.

The three-day, end-of-summer event concluded Sunday, wrapping up with a free splash/dance party at the aquatic center.

Everyone who pitched in for the event should be commended for their work; it's no small task putting on a three-day festival, which included something for just about everyone.

Just about every demographic was covered during the three days - there was great food served up with Rib Fest, Saturday's fly-in breakfast at the airport, Southwest Minnesota State University's Smokefest and the Friday night luau, the "Poker Run" for car enthusiasts, various entertainment for music lovers, including the free Saturday-evening concert which was very well-attended, a 5K for runners, games and events for the kids, including free admission to Boards &?Blades Skateboard Park, and, of course, a huge parade for, well, who doesn't love a parade?

Multiple-day events like SOS don't happen by accident and we can't oversell the importance of a community supporting such a big party. SOS?was a no-show three years ago, but since then, members of the community have worked hard to get it back on track. These kinds of festivals really help bring a community together, and Marshall residents should be thankful SOS has returned.

Events like Sounds of Summer and the Festival of Kites and fireworks show at Independence Park in July are not just for show, they really mean something to the city of Marshall and its residents and shouldn't be taken for granted.?Before SOS?came along, Marshall didn't really have that one major summer festival, and it's too big of a city not to have one.

Hopefully, it's back for good.



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