Community to celebrate 88th annual Kid Day July 21-22

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2018 Benson, Minnesota Kid Day poster

Benson is set to celebrate its 88th annual Kid Day Saturday and Sunday, July 21-22 with a number of activities also taking place in the days leading up to Kid Day weekend.  The theme of this year’s Kid Day is “Celebrating Kids!”.

•  The Kid Day Medallion Hunt is set to begin Monday, July 16 and continue each day through Friday, July 20, or until the Medallion is found.  The clues will be available daily on the front door of the Library, on KSCR from 7-9 a.m. each day, and on the Benson Kid Day Facebook page.  The top prize for the youth who finds the Kid Day Medallion is $100.

•  Krazy Daze in Benson is set to take place Thursday, July 19, and local businesses will be offering sidewalk sales and special offers.  Look for ads in the Monitor-News for great Krazy Daze deals.

Also on Thursday, July 19, a Mayor’s Mingle McKinney’s Fundraiser to Beautify Benson is set for the night at McKinney’s.  Social hour is set for 6:30-7:30 p.m, followed by a dinner at 7:30 p.m., Nashville singer, Jeremy McComb, from 8:30-11:30 p.m., and a silent auction from 6:30-9 p.m.

Tickets are $25 and are available at First Security Bank, Bank of the West, Breen’s, Bugs and Flowers, and Benson City Hall.

•  DeMarce Theatre will be showing a free matinee movie at 2 p.m., Friday, July 20 with a small popcorn and small pop also free, courtesy of the City of Benson.  This year’s movie is “Everyone’s Hero”.

Friday night, from 8 p.m.-midnight, Patrick’s Bar and Grill will host the band, “Roxbury” for a street dance.


Kid Day buttons on sale

Kid Day buttons are currently on sale for $2 each at Benson Girls Scouts, Breen’s, Bugs and Flowers, Do-Mats, Super Valu, and First Security State Bank.  They feature the 2017 outgoing Kid Day King Josiah Lindley and Kid Day Queen Emily Reich.


King and Queen coronation

The annual Kid Day King and Queen selection will be the same as last year with no interview process and no float to pull in parades.  King and Queen Kid Day coronation is set to take place at about 3:15 p.m., Saturday, July 21 at Roosevelt Park, immediately after the Kid Day Carnival.  Area youth, ages 8-12, had until late June to fill out a questionnaire to sign up for the Kid Day King or Queen.

The new Kid Day King and Queen will be asked to attend at least four area parades.  The parents will need to provide their own vehicle to drive in the parade; however, a set of magnetic signs will be provided to use on the vehicle that say “Benson Kid Day Royalty”, and for each of the first four parades (excluding next year’ Kid Day parade), the king and queen’s parents will be provided with $25 per parade to help defray costs incurred, provided they attend the parade.


Parade lineup is the same as last year

Participants (there is no age limit for parade entries) should arrive between 9:15-9:30 a.m., Saturday in the Jr. High parking lot and someone will be there to check you in and direct you to the right spot.

There will be no judging this year.  Every child, 12 and under, who is registered in the parade will receive a bag of candy with a commemorative cup and $5 in Carnival tickets.  If you find a “Golden Ticket”, the child gets at least $25 in local gift cards.  All “Golden Tickets” must be turned in by Aug. 15, 2018, and a drawing of registered parade participants will be made of the unclaimed “Golden Tickets”.  A registration form for this year’s parade can be found inside this week’s Monitor-News.

If you do not get your registration in for the parade, the kids are still encouraged to enter the day of the parade.  And, since it is Kid Day, they are keeping up with the tradition that there will be no political entries.


Kid Day activities Saturday, July 21

•  The Kid Day parade kicks off a full day of activities on Kid Day, Saturday, July 21.  The start of the 88th annual Benson Kid Day parade is 10 a.m.

•  Also taking place Saturday morning is the first Farmer’s Market on Idaho Avenue by the Park View Manor in Benson from 8 a.m.-noon.  If you’re interested in being a vendor, just show up or call Rosie for more information at 320-760-4517, or e-mail her at

•  The Kid Day Carnival is set for 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, July21 at Roosevelt Park in Benson.  The carnival will include plenty of inflatables, Carnival games, pony rides, face painting, food, dunking booth by softball players, and more fun.  All tickets are priced 50 cents each and all games require one ticket.

Also included in the Kid Day Carnival is a dunk tank booth sponsored by the Benson softball team for $1.

•  The Kid Day coronation program will take place at 3:15 p.m., Saturday at the Roosevelt Park Gazebo.

•  The popular Car Cruise through Benson is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. at Ambush Park.  The car cruise will travel east on HW 12 to 9th Street North (Flower Basket), head north to Oregon Avenue, east two blocks and then north to Montana Avenue before heading west to 13th Street North and then north almost out of town before heading west back to Highway 29.  The group will go south to Wood Avenue, west to Meadow Lane, south to Denfeld Drive and then east to Highway 29 before following the highway past the Courthouse and Roosevelt Park and through the stop lights to the Benson Food Shop and going west on Highway 12 out of town to Danvers.  Once at Danvers, the cruise will head north from Danvers to Clontarf on a county road and then head back to Ambush Park, using the airport road, before arriving back at Ambush Park in Benson.  (For more information, you can call Tom Lye at 320-760-5155).

Other Saturday Kid Day events

• Other Saturday events taking place are:  free firetruck rides at the Benson Fire Hall from 11 a.m.-noon; an adult bean bag tournament at Patrick’s in Benson at 4 p.m.; Shamrock Hest Horse Show at 1 p.m. at the arena; free swimming at the Benson Outdoor Swimming Pool from 3-8 p.m. (for kids 18 and under); the Car Show at Ambush Park is scheduled from 4-7 p.m. (registration from 3:30-5 p.m., awards at 7 p.m., for more information, contact; and the Firemen’s Waterfight at 4 p.m., Saturday, July 21 by the Benson Fire Hall.

Also at Ambush Park is the Hockey Association Ribs and Corn feed starting at 5 p.m. with a full bar and live music by “Radio Acoustic” playing from 6:30-8:30 p.m.


Kid Day activities Sunday, July 22

• Sunday’s events begin with a fly-in breakfast at the Benson Airport from 7 a.m.-noon.  This event is hosted by the Benson-KMS gymnastics program.  This is a free will offering event.  Plane rides and Life Link III Medical Helicopter tours will also be available.

•  There is also a free “Polka in the Park” event at Roosevelt Park, Sunday.  The country, polka, and old time music will be provided by “Marie and the Boys” from 1:30-4 p.m.  Everyone in the community is invited, and bring your own lawn chair.  Two large tents will provide shade and this event is sponsored by the City of Benson.

•  Among the sponsors of Benson’s Kid Day celebration is the City of Benson.

Kid Day committee -- Roger Ebnet, chair; Parade chairs-Roger Ebnet and Diane Trew; Carnival chair-Roger Ebnet and Traci Pahl; Market Days chair-Rosie Petersen; Other committee members-Vicky Bailey, Lyn Ebnet, Jane Howard, Kara Ebnet, Lori Peterson, Angie Overlie, Tiffany Kobbermann, Jan Kittelson, Cory Braaten, Courtney Cook, Jack Evenson, Jayden Bailey, and Robyn Dehne.

If anyone is interested in being on the Kid Day committee, or being a volunteer to work a game or collect tickets on a bouncy ride for 2-4 hours, they can e-mail Roger Ebnet at

Benson Kid Day 2018 schedule

Saturday, July 21

Market Days    8-noon
Kid Day Parade    10 a.m.
Free firetruck rides    11 a.m.-noon
Kid Day Carnival    11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Shamrock Hest Horse Show    1 p.m.
Free swimming at outdoor pool for 18 and under    3-8 p.m.
Kid Day Coronation    3:15 p.m.
Patrick’s Bean Bag Tourney    4 p.m.
Benson Fire Dept. Water Fight    4 p.m.
Kids ‘n Cars Car Show    4-7 p.m.
Hockey Assoc. Ribs and Corn Feed at Ambush    5 p.m.
Live music “Radio Acoustic”at Ambush    6:30-8:30 p.m.
Car Cruise through Benson    7:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 22

Fly-in breakfast at Benson Airport with plane rides and helicopter tours    7 a.m.-noon
“Polka in the Park”    1:30-4 p.m.

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