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June 13, 2014

Melcher-Dallas Coal Miners' Days begin June 20

Melcher-Dallas — A full slate of activities is planned for the annual Melcher-Dallas Coal Miners' Days, June 20-22. 

The Coal Miners' event dates back to 1975. A new group of organizers revamped the event five years ago and, over the past five years, the celebration has seen much success. 

One of those organizers, Angie Lepley, said the festivities begin Friday night, June 20, at 5:30 p.m. There will be a bags tournament and the Lutheran Church youth group will be selling food on the square. T-shirts and rides will be available. Fireworks will be shot off at dusk. 

Saturday will include several all-day events, including rides, vendors, face painting, bingo and wheel spinning. Members of the Melcher-Dallas School Board and administration will take turns in the dunk tank as well. Most of the events will take place at the City Park.

The United Methodist Church will be serving a free biscuit and gravy breakfast to start the morning off. Registration for a 5K begins at 8 a.m., with the race following at 9 a.m. 

Sinners and Saints will be the site of registration for a Poker Run, beginning at 8 a.m. A flag raising ceremony, led by the Dallcher Legion Post, will be held at 10:30 a.m. MDHS Alum and recent Luther College grad, Evan Mitchell, will be singing the National Anthem. 

The fire department will host a dinner, beginning at 11:30 a.m. The Melcher-Dallas drill team will perform at the dinner, to be held inside the fire station. 

Local entertainment will be provided back in the park from noon-1 p.m. Phoenix will take the stage from 2-6 p.m. 

Mercy One is flying its helicopter in and will be on display at 1 p.m. A mud volleyball game will be held at the fire station beginning at 1 p.m. Entry fee for this tournament, as well as a sand volleyball tournament (3 p.m.), is $25 per team of 4-6. 

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