MARSHFIELD – Imagine over 500 classic cars lining 10 city blocks, live music gliding through the air, a beer garden brimming with your favorite brews and enough events and games to keep the entire family entertained.
Find this and more Friday and Saturday during Marshfield’s 19th annual Hub City Days.
The event, which attracts 5,000 to 10,000 people each year, provides a chance for the city to show visitors what downtown Marshfield has to offer. It’s also a chance to encourage them to patronize the downtown businesses, said Dianne Gallatin, of Main Street Marshfield.
Hub City Days offers free admission to all the activities, except for the Brew Fest.
It kicks off on Friday with downtown shopping, dining and vendors. If you are 21 years and older, a shopping receipt and an ID will get you entry into a raffle for free Brew Fest tickets. When you are done visiting the downtown shops, take a chair and picnic to the Wenzel Family Plaza where the People Brother’s Band will perform from 7 to 9 pm
Saturday offers a full day of activities
Saturday’s activities kick off with the popular car show.
“The car show is the main attraction,” Gallatin said. “People start there and work their way over to the other activities.”
One year the car show brought in over 750 entrants. This year, organizers are hoping to hit the 500-car mark.
Vehicle registration starts at 10 am and awards will be given at 3 pm The car show features a live DJ, kids’ games, door prizes and multiple raffles.
A beer garden will feature live entertainment from noon to 11 pm Saturday in Wenzel Family Plaza. Performers include Modern Throwback, Joe G. and Star Six Nine. Indulge your taste buds with various beer tastings during Beer Fest from noon to 3 pm on the plaza. Tickets to Beer Fest cost $30 and include a souvenir pint glass and snacks.
Veteran’s Park will host the Family Zone. There you will find kids’ games, the Marshfield Fire Department’s Freddy the Firetruck, bounce houses, martial arts demonstrations and dance performances. The fun and games start at 10 am and keep going until 3 pm
You can also test your tossing skills during a cornhole tournament next to Wenzel Family Plaza. Registration costs $24 per team. You must bring your own partner and bags. Cash prizes will go to the winners.
New this year: Strongman competition
If you are looking to be stounded, head to the 100 block of Central Avenue starting at 10 am Saturday where men and women from across the nation will compete in Hub City Days’ first strongman competition. Organizer Kyle Bredl has been running strongman competitions for years, but this is the first time he is teaming with the Marshfield event.
Bredl was first attracted to the sport after being glued to the TV as a child when the show “World’s Strongest Man” aired during the holiday season.
“I saw the strongest guys in the world pulling airplanes and holding atlas balls over their heads,” Bredl said.
Since then, Bredl has carved a place for himself within the strongman competition arena. This is his fourth annual Be Strong for a Cause event, which awards a local organization money raised through registrations and donations. This year, Nutrition On Weekends will receive a donation as well as another local organization Bredl will reveal at the event.
Saturday’s show will feature 26 athletes battling it out for the title of strongest man. Don’t expect a mere weightlifting contest, events will include lifting Hummer tires and pulling a 13,000-pound dump truck.
Street closures and parking
A celebration this big warrants shutting down streets. The following streets and parking lots will be closed at various times Friday and Saturday.
Friday starting at 3 pm:
- South Central Avenue, between Veterans Parkway and Fourth Street
- Second and Third streets, between Chestnut Avenue and the alley east of South Central Avenue
Friday 6 pm to Saturday 11 pm:
Saturday 4:30 am to 3 pm
- South Central Avenue, between Veterans Parkway and 11th Street
- Fifth and Sixth streets, between the allies east and west of South Central Avenue
- Seventh Street, between Chestnut Avenue and South Central Avenue
- Park Street, from South Central Avenue to Holiday Inn entrance
Saturday 3 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
- Second and Third streets, between Chestnut Avenue and South Central Avenue
- Chestnut Avenue, between First and Third streets
There will be plenty of street parking and lot parking outside the closed area. For additional parking information, click on the event map here.
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