Saturday, June 18, was a sunny day and was just right for a parade. The seventh annual Harry Wenger Marching Band Festival took place with just marching bands, no floats or other units. Marching bands from all over Minnesota showed up to compete. Owatonna was in the parade, but did not compete.

There were a number of awards given out during the festival, including People's Choice and Grand Champion of the whole festival. Thanks to all who participated to make the festival fun for all.

Class A had five bands compete.

  • First Place: Winona-Cotter.
  • Second Place: Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg in Murdock, Minn., about 100 miles from the Twin Cities.
  • Third Place: Dover-Eyota
  • Fourth Place: Lake City
  • Fifth Place: NRHEG

Three bands competed in Class AA. First, second, third went to Milaca, Henry Sibley and Richfield.

There were also three in Class AAA.

  • First Place: 728 Cadets
  • Second Place: Waconia
  • Third Place: Mankato Lancers

Each class also won specific awards.

Class A -- Winona-Cotter won for their Drum and Horn Line. KMS were best in Color Guard and M&M. Lake City won Best Drum Major

Class AA -- Henry Sibley won for Best Color Guard, Drum and Horn Line. Milaca won best M&M and Drum Major.

Class AAA -- Best Color Guard, Drum and Horn Line went to 728 Cadets. M&M to Mankato Lancers and Waconia Best Drum Major.

The Grand Champion of the Harry Wenger Marching Band Festival went to 728 Cadets.

The People's Choice was KMS.

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