The 16th Annual Lake Waconia Band Festival is scheduled for Saturday, June 21. The Festival has been praised as one of the best high school marching band festivals in the state, drawing top bands from around Minnesota with an expected audience of 3,000 for the bands-only parade. This year there will be 18 visiting bands along with the Waconia High School Marching Band and Drumline performing in the Festival.
The first visiting band begins performing at 6 p.m. at City Square Park. The bands follow a parade route down Main Street to Walnut Street and concluding at the Carver County Fairgrounds. The performance areas are at City Square Park, Main Street – between Olive and Maple Streets (the judging area), and on Walnut at Bayview Elementary School.
There is an awards ceremony following the conclusion of the parade at Meuwissen Field behind Bayview Elementary. Cash awards are given to the top-rated band in each of three divisions along with awards for People’s Choice, Best Color Guard, Best Percussion Section, and Best Wind Section.
A partnership award – “The Owat-onia Grand Champion of the Day Award” – shared by the Harry Wegner Band Festival and the Lake Waconia Band Festival, is awarded to the band that participates in both festivals that day and earns the highest combined point total. Judging for the awards is done by Tri-State Judging.
The Lake Waconia Band Festival’s major sponsors are the Waconia Band Boosters, Inc., The Waconia Patriot, and Waconia Dodge. The Festival is funded additionally by three sources — support and donations from local Waconia and Saint Bonifacius businesses, private individuals, and the proceeds from the concession stands at City Square Park, Main and Vine Streets, and Bayview Elementary.
Festival organizers greatly appreciate the support for local businesses and encourage you to visit them and thank them for their support of the Festival.