by Reed Anfinson
The 26th annual Pioneerland Band Festival is set for 6:30 p.m., Friday in Benson. The grand marshal for this year’s parade is Candace Monson-Sowers.
The parade will follow the traditional route from just south of Runnings and Do-Mat’s in Benson to Amoco, and then going north toward the high school.
Bands scheduled to perform at this year’s Pioneerland Band Festival are Bertha-Hewitt, KMS, and New York Mills in Class A; Fergus Falls, Hutchinson, and Alexandria in Class AA; Bemidji, the Patriots of St. Anthony, and Maple Grove in Class AAA; and Benson High School in exhibition only.
The awards ceremony will be held at the Benson High School Football Field immediately following the parade as soon as the judges have completed their tabulations. Cash prizes of over $2,500 will be awarded to the top bands.
Judges are from Tri-State Judges Association of Decorah, IA.