Mousehole Days brings town together

For being such a small town, Melbourne wants to show it can still put on a big festival. The town’s annual festival, Mousehole Days, will run Friday to Sunday in the southwestern Marshall County town.

Festival organizer Sara McNamee said a group of 20 volunteers put on the festival each year and it builds community pride.

“We try to do things that can pull the town together,” McNamee said. “It’s a big family event.”

The popular fish fry kicks off the festival at 5 p.m. Friday at the fire station. The local band Loose Neutral will perform from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. that night.

“They are a big hit,” McNamee said.

The car show has been moved from the park back to downtown this year and will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday.

“I know they are expecting a big turnout for that this year,” McNamee said.

The parade will roll through town at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. McNamee said they expect several new parade entries this year, including the West Marshall High School marching band. Longtime town volunteer Stacy Porter and her family will lead the parade and are to be honored at the event.

Children look forward to the inflatables and other games in the park from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Saturday night’s band, Minor Night, is returning after it was well-received at Mousehole Days last year.

“People requested they come back,” McNamee said.

Adding to the draw Saturday night will be the fireworks show, which will shoot off after the championship softball game in the park.