The Community Club of Carleton will sponsor its 61st annual Milo Days festival on Saturday, Sept. 8, with the theme of “140 and Going for Gold,” in recognition of the 140th anniversary of the founding of the Village of Carleton.
Events will include long-standing traditions such as milo pancakes, a parade, milo baking contest, Milo Queen contest, and horse show. The demolition derby, successfully added two years ago, is back to provide afternoon entertainment. And a new feature added last year, the two-ton and above vehicles display, also returns.
The parade, widely recognized for featuring area high school bands, begins at 6 p.m.; the route runs from Milo Park to the former community hall and spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Line-up is at Zion Lutheran church just east of the water tower beginning at 5 p.m.
Entries also include Milo Queen contestants and Little Milo Princesses whose route will continue to the new community hall for the presentation ceremony. Truck show participants will also be routed to the new community hall.
Food in addition to the milo pancakes and sloppy joes served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the community hall will be provided by vendors.
Sunday morning there will be a community worship service at the community hall beginning at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Jonathan Jensen of Carleton’s Zion Lutheran church will preside.
Since 1953, the Milo Queen Contest has been a tradition of Milo Day. The contest allows high school junior and senior young women to participate in an afternoon of activities and interviews.
This year’s pageant will be held outside the Carleton Community Building. Mariah Cook, Miss Nebraska 2012, will make an appearance for the pre-parade activities, the parade and the pageant.
Milo Day Queen candidates for 2012 include: Miss Alexandria-Becca Taylor; Miss Belvidere-Nicole Virus; Miss Bruning-Mikelyn Wallace; Miss Carleton-Jennifer Mick; Miss Chester-Allison Tietjen; Miss Davenport-Tara Pavelka; Miss Geneva-Gabriella Wythers; Miss Hebron-Tarryn Tietjen; Miss Oak-McKenzie Martin; Miss Ohiowa-Brenna Meyer; Miss Ruskin-Irina Beloshapkina; and Miss Strang-Elizabeth Ohlde.
Milo Princesses, a non-competitive opportunity for girls ages 3-8 years, will again be added to the exciting events of the day. These young girls will participate in the Milo Day parade, and even be a part of the on-stage Milo Day Queen Pageant. Registration begins at 4:45 p.m., at the Zion Lutheran Parish Hall (505 8th Street). A Meet-and-Greet session with Mariah Cook and the Milo Queen contestants will take place during registration. All Milo Princesses will participate in the Milo Day parade.