Plenty of food, music, planes, horses and fireworks this weekend

Canby Airport Manager Matt Wagner is “really excited” about this year’s Father’s Day airshow.

“We have a really good lineup,” he said Thursday about the Canby Hat Daze event this weekend. “It’s the only free air show in Minnesota.”

The show includes a World War II B-25 bomber and other aerobatic airshow acts. But it won’t be the only entertainment available in southwest Minnesota this weekend. The Canby’s Hat Daze festival includes plenty of activities, food and music.

Meanwhile, just 30 miles south of Canby, the 73rd annual Saddle Horse Holiday will take place in Lake Benton that also includes activities, food and music. It culminates Sunday with the Dakota-Minnesota Trail Ride and 73rd annual Saddle Horse Holiday Parade.

Weekend festivities in Canby start this evening with the three-on-three basketball tournament, pork supper and Meet the Machines.

Events will be held all day Saturday starting with a cowboy breakfast at 8 a.m. The day also features a downtown sidewalk art gallery and a parade starting at 3 p.m. The day will end with music by Uncle Chunk located at Heroes Sports Bar & Grill. The Twin Cities band plays a variety of music from different eras and genres.

Sunday’s air show includes:

• Aerobatic performances by Pitts S-1SS pilot Bob Richards.

• Former United Airlines pilot L.D. Jeffries who flies the FLS Microjet named Lil Devil.

• Aerobatic pilot Jacquie B Warda in her one-of-a-kind Pitts Special biplane.

• The B-25J “Miss Mitchell,” which served in the 310 Bomb Group, 57th Bomb Wing of the 12th Air Force in North Africa and Italy. It completed 130 missions and has the legacy of no crew fatalities during all of its missions.

Besides the airshow the airport will also be the location for the Dad’s Belgium Waffles 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Burger Feed 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will also be plenty to eat and drink in Lake Benton starting tonight with the American Legion Pork Chop fundraiser and the Tap Take Over by local craft breweries. The night will end with a fireworks display.

Saturday will start with a softball tournament and fun run for kids. A family fun day featuring many activities will be held at School Park.

The day will end at 9 p.m. with the firemen’s dance featuring The Shaw Brothers in front of the fire hall. The Shaw Brothers is a dance/rock cover band from the Twin Cities that plays a variety of music from Keith Urban to Metallica, Prince and the Beatles.

On Sunday, the Dakota-Minnesota trail ride starts at 10 a.m. and the downtown Saddle Horse Holiday Parade starts at noon.