This has been a busy week for several area young women as they prepare for the Miss Harmony judging and for local business owners, community volunteers and Harmony Chamber of Commerce members as they prepare for a festive Fourth of July celebration next Thursday.

The Miss Harmony candidates have been volunteering throughout the community this week, delivering Meals on Wheels, serving ice cream at Heritage Grove, bagging up popcorn at First Southeast Bank and preparing for their judging and coronation ceremonies on Saturday evening at Wheeler's Bar and Grill. The coronation program begins at 7 p.m. and will feature presentations of the girls and their sponsors, Little Miss Harmony candidate introductions and informational speeches by the Miss Harmony candidates.

The candidates are Sydnie Huffman, Kayley Olson, Victoria Peterson, Sarah Reicks, Keeley Todd and Danielle Zinsmaster. Little Miss participants are Soraya Hershberger, Kathryn Pickett, Kayden Shaw, Hannah Kingsley and Olivia Whalen.

In addition to Miss Harmony, two attendants will be chosen by the judges and a Miss Congeniality will be selected by her peers. Two Little Misses will also be chosen to accompany the older girls as they represent the Harmony community in parades and at other community events throughout the year.

The Medallion Hunt, in its 15th year, will begin on Monday, July 1, with clues being shared on the Harmony Cable Channel 9. There will be no clue on Thursday, July 4. If one finds the medallion, turn it in to Vicki Christenson at First Southeast Bank in Harmony to claim $50 in Harmony dollars.

The majority of events planned for this year's celebration will take place on the Fourth of July. However, a few other events will be held on Wednesday evening, July 3, and during the weekend after the holiday.

The Harmony Conservation Club will be running the beer tent on the north edge of Selvig Park, on Wednesday from 5 p.m. to midnight; on Thursday, July 4, from noon to midnight and Friday, July 5, 3 p.m.to midnight. There will be karaoke with Joe Afseth on Friday night from 8 to midnight and DJ Voight's Volume providing music on Friday night.

The Conservation Club will also be kicking off the festivities on the Fourth of July with its annual pancake breakfast at the Harmony Fire Hall, serving from 7 to 9:30 a.m.

Other morning activities on the Fourth of July include a Best Shot Nine-Hole Golf Tournament at the Harmony Golf Club; the Hammell Equipment Kids Pedal Pull; toad races and kids games in the park.

The pedal pull, which is state sanctioned, will be held in the parking lot behind the bank, with check-in beginning at 9:30 a.m. The pull begins at 10 a.m. In case of inclement weather, the pull will be held at the Harmony Community Center.

The toad races are an annual tradition at Harmony's Fourth of July celebration, hosted each year by the Village Depot. BYOT (bring your own toad) for the contest and challenge him against other jumpers from around the county.

The games in the park, running from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., include mini golf, the screamer slide, the tiger bouncer, a Velcro wall and more. These games will be moved inside Fillmore Central High School if it rains.

Food will be available in Selvig Park, beginning at 11 a.m. with the Harmony United Methodists' smoked pork chop dinner. They will serve until 1:30 p.m.

Other food stands include the Harmony Lions Club brat and hot dog and barbecue stand; the Fillmore County Pork Producers; the Fillmore County American Dairy Association and more.

The kiddie parade will line up at Old Ways New Ideas on the north end of Main Street and proceed to Selvig Park at 2:45. The grand parade will begin at 3 p.m. and feature grand marshals Rodney and Lynda Koliha and Dr. Franz and Diana Sattler. (See next week's News-Record for a story on these individuals.)

Following the parade, enjoy bingo at the Selvig Park Shelter, hosted by the Nativity Catholic Church. In case of bad weather, this will be moved inside the high school.

Children will be able to continue enjoying the games in the park as well as catch a ride with the Little Blue Choo, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Jim Busta will once again perform after the parade in Selvig Park, from 4 to 7 p.m. This is another long-time Fourth of July tradition, sponsored by First Southeast Bank in Harmony and Canton, Harmony Enterprises and the Harmony Park Board. Mollie B from the RFD-TV Polka show will also be performing. The drawing for button prizes will be held during the intermission of this performance. The show will be moved inside the high school in the case of rain or inclement weather.

The Fourth of July will conclude with fireworks in the north park, sponsored by First Southeast Bank of Harmony and Canton and the Harmony Firemen's Relief Association and will be presented by Harmony Volunteer Fire Department.

On Saturday, join in the fun of the Harmony Hustle to benefit Habitat for Humanity. The 10K run begins at 8 a.m., followed by the 1K kids challenge at 9 a.m., for kids under 10. The 5K run/walk begins at 10 a.m. One may get a registration form online at www.habitatwinona.org/events/harmony-hustle. One may also register on the day of the event.

The holiday weekend rounds out on Sunday with an ecumenical church service in Selvig Park at 9 a.m. Bring your own lawn chairs. Services will be moved to the United Methodist Church in case of rain.

The church service will be followed by brunch in Selvig Park, at the park shelter, served by the Bodacious Broads Relay for Life Team.