Bee Ridiculous Day coming to downtown
Bee Ridiculous Day will be held downtown on Saturday.
Festivities will stretch from Second Avenue to Second Street along Main Street, where residents can come to a block party, experience food specials at restaurants and see entertainment such as Balloon Artists, as well as various vendors.
Bee Ridiculous Day is coordinated by the Marshalltown Central Business District (MCBD). Executive Director Deb Millizer said it would not be possible to put the day together without retailers and restaurants participating by providing specials and activities for the public to enjoy.
Millizer said Bee Ridiculous Day is an event that has historically been held downtown prior to back to school, and gave retailers an opportunity to offer merchandise at a reduced rate.
“In 2019, Main Street Madness was held downtown as a comeback of Bee Ridiculous Day, after many years of not holding the event,” she said, “However, due to COVID-19, we were not able to offer the day in 2020. The MCBD does plan on making this, once again, an annual event.”
Millizer said this year they plan to put a twist on Bee Ridiculous Day by offering a cooling station which will have information regarding “Marshall” — the MCBD bee mascot.
“We started to have fun with Marshall in 2020,” she said. “Marshall represents working together to achieve our goals. We can do so much more in the downtown community as we work together. Bee Ridiculous Day is the first event held downtown since COVID-19 hit. It’s in a sense symbolism that we are making a comeback, and ready to shop and play downtown.”
“Bee Ridiculous Day” is a nostalgic event which brings back childhood memories for many people.
“It’s a day that generations looked forward to, as it brought people together,” Millizer said.
Popular events that families can enjoy downtown on Bee Ridiculous Day are yard games, balloon artists, a bike toss competition, face painting, a newspaper toss game and more.
“This year, we are hosting a bag tournament as a fundraiser for the MCBD. The proceeds from this tournament will go toward future events in the downtown area,” Millizer said, “We are also offering a beer garden during the bag tournament. Families can enjoy these events for free.”
She said Bee Ridiculous Day, just like any event held, impacts the quality of life in the community, and influences the local economy.
The event, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., is free and open to the public. Preregistration is preferred for some events, such as the cornhole tournament.