A float from the 2018 Taco Daze parade.

Taco Daze will take place in Scandia this Saturday, September 11. 

The event was canceled due to COVID-19 in 2020, but returns this year for the 45th installment. 

The community event that was created to fund the construction of a tennis court in 1975 lives on. Though the tennis court remains in Scandia, the event has expanded greatly from its initial roots.

This year the event will honor Scandia’s “Hometown Heroes” — firsfighters, police, nurses, teachers and other COVID frontline workers. Taco Daze will kick off in typical fashion at 10 a.m. with a flag raising by Boy Scout Troop 173. Following the flag raising, the day will be packed with events from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Some of the highlights this year include the car, truck and tractor show, a pickleball tournament and music by DJ Dan. 

From 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. local firefighters will take part in a game of ‘waterball.’ In the game, two firefighting teams have to move a large red ball suspended overhead on a wire from one side to another using only water sprayed from their hoses. The game is popular with fire departments nationwide and is also a great training tool for firefighters. 

A longtime favorite event will take place at 3:30 p.m., the “running of the meatballs.” The event was created in 2011 and allows participants to purchase numbered and painted golf balls (meatballs). The entire load of "meatballs" will be dumped at the top of the hill near Elim Church and rolled downhill toward Meisters. The first numbered meatball to reach the bottom of the hill wins. 

The day will be capped off by the parade through town at 4 p.m., and as usual tacos will be served all day courtesy of the Boy Scouts. 

Taco Daze is organized by the Scandia-Marine Lions club, and is a major source of income for the club, which then invests it back into the community. 

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