Hometown fun

Sounds of Summer celebration a ‘good time’ for area residents

Photo by Deb Gau Members of the Marshall High School marching band paused to perform for crowds along Main Street on Saturday afternoon, during the Sounds of Summer grand parade.

MARSHALL — Downtown was a busy place over the weekend, but that was just fine to people attending Sounds of Summer. On Saturday, hundreds of people came out for music, food and entertainment.

“We’re enjoying it,” said Shanon Desy, a Marshall resident who was at Sounds of Summer with her family. “It’s perfect for the kids.”

Desy was among the Sounds of Summer attendees who said they liked having family-friendly things to do at the festival.

While some of the outdoor Sounds of Summer events were cut short by thunderstorms on Friday, there was fine weather and plenty to do on Saturday. People lined Main Street for the grand parade and stayed downtown for a lot more. The lineup included food, a car show, kids’ activities and a genre-spanning concert by Time Machine.

The parade was a favorite event for many kids. Young members of the Schaffran family said that along with catching candy thrown from the floats, there was plenty to see.

“I liked the fire trucks,” Ethan Schaffran said, while Addy Schaffran said her favorite part of the parade were the dancers from area dance groups.

“I liked everything,” said Colton Schaffran.

Sounds of Summer was a “wonderful” reflection of Marshall’s community, said Tracy Fink, who was attending events on Saturday. Fink said her family had come out to support the Marshall Rotary Club, and the Marshall Fire Department.

Community involvement is a key part of Sounds of Summer. Some of the weekend’s events supported community organizations. And of course, Marshall area volunteers put in a lot of work to make everything happen.

The fire department was one group that was hosting an event on Saturday evening. Firefighters weren’t just serving up the food at a hamburger feed, they were also keeping a four-man grilling crew busy flipping burger patties.

“I’d say we’ve grilled well over 700,” Darryl Munsinger said, after he and his colleagues did some quick estimating.

Sounds of Summer is a busy time for Marshall firefighters, the group said. But, it’s also something fun to be involved with.

“We like to have a good time,” Munsinger said.