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Weekend filled with great entertainment during marathon

Runners, their fans and families as well as all Northlanders who plan to enjoy the activities during Grandma's Marathon will have a lot to choose from this weekend.

Runners, their fans and families as well as all Northlanders who plan to enjoy the activities during Grandma's Marathon will have a lot to choose from this weekend.
The big top tent in Canal Park will be hopping with live entertainment (and beer) starting at 8 p.m. Friday. The music runs until 12:30 a.m. and then fires up again at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, closing down just after midnight. Each show includes performances by headliner G. B. Leighton.
Leighton is the one to listen to for rock's real experience, a wow! from any perspective, say the event's promoters.
Singer/songwriter Paul Metsa, who performs blues, folk, country, bluegrass, jazz and rock 'n' roll, will also be on the tent stage as will Twin Cities'-based Dixie and the Cannibals, BallyHoo and Mick Sterling.
The weekend kicks off on Thursday with the SMDC Health and Fitness Expo at the DECC from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Speakers on Friday include Lisa Dorfman, nutritionist and author, Candace Karu, creative director of Running Times Magazine and Don Kardong, Olympian and author.
Michelina's "All-You-Can-Eat-Spaghetti-Dinner" for runners, families and friends is from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the DECC on Friday.
On Saturday, races begin at 6:30 a.m. with the Gary Bjorklund Half Marathon. Grandma's Marathon begins at 7:30 p.m.
Certainly one of the hallmarks of this popular marathon is the race-course entertainment. Volunteer bands and musicians from the Northland will be set up on almost every mile of the course.
And after the race on Saturday, singer/songwriter Kim Rose, rhythm and blues saxophonist Willie Curry and Stelly and Lefty, acoustic guitarists, will play along the Lakewalk from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Here is a list of the Marathon course entertainment as of press time.
Starting line, DJ Eddie Parke, sound system,
Mile 3, Jerry Thilmany, Bavarian Accordinaire,
Mile 5, Mel's Fish House, Diamond Max Entertainment, DJ with sound system,
Mile 9, Spirit Mountain Cloggers, line dancers with sound system,
Mile 12, East High School, high school pep band -- 42 members,
Mile 13, Target, sound system,
Half Marathon start, Midwest Concert Concepts, sound system,
Mile 18, Brighton Beach, John Herbertz, "You're A Lifesaver, Charlie Brown,"
Mile 19, Best Quality Entertainment, karaoke show with Bill Effinger and family,
Mile 20, Verizon Wireless, Pro Sound and Light -- DJ with sound system,
Mile 21, The Rev. Elton Brown, tuba player,
Mile 22, Minnesota Power, sound system,
Mile 23, Lemon Drop Hill, anonymous man in kilt, bagpipes,
Mile 23, KQDS, live broadcast -- Backyard BBQ,
Mile 23, The African Music Ensemble, African music,
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London Road Car Wash, Denfeld Cheerleading Squad, Hunters.
Plaza Dental Center, North Shore Big Band, 18-piece jazz band,
Sir Benedict's Tavern on the Lake, Wild Thyme, traditional folk band,
Fitger's, WNCB 89.3, live broadcast,
Mile 24, The Great Northern Music Center, music students,
Mile 25, Norwest, Proctor Community Band and Mr. Moody's Marching Band, parade marching band,
Lake Superior Center, Donald Whitesell, concertina,
Vista Fleet, SUNNY 104.3/106.3, KISS 92.1, live broadcast.
For more information, call 727-0947.

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