Hub City Days 2022 returns to downtown Marshfield on July 29-30.

MARSHFIELD – Imagine over 500 classic cars lining 10 city blocks, live music gliding through the air, a beer garden brimming with your favorite beers, and enough events and games to keep the whole family entertained.

Find this and more Friday and Saturday during Marshfield’s 19th Annual Hub City Days.

The event, which attracts 5,000 to 10,000 people each year, allows the town to show visitors what downtown Marshfield has to offer. It’s also a chance to encourage them to patronize downtown businesses, said Dianne Gallatin, of Main Street Marshfield.

Hub City Days offers free admission to all activities except Brew Fest.

It kicks off Friday with downtown shops, restaurants and vendors. If you are 21 or older, a purchase receipt and ID will qualify you to be entered into a raffle for free Brew Fest tickets. When you’re done shopping downtown, grab a chair and picnic at Wenzel Family Plaza where the People Brother’s Band will perform from 7-9 p.m.

Saturday offers a full day of activities

Saturday’s activities will begin with the popular car show.

“The auto show is the main attraction,” Gallatin said. “People start there and move on to other activities.”

One year the car show attracted over 750 attendees. This year, the organizers hope to reach the bar of 500 cars.

Vehicle check-in begins at 10:00 a.m. and awards will be released at 3:00 p.m. The auto show includes a live DJ, games for children, door prizes and several raffles.

Hub City Days in downtown Marshfield attracts hundreds of car enthusiasts.  This year, organizers are aiming to register more than 500 vehicles for the Saturday car show.

A beer garden will provide live entertainment from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday at Wenzel Family Plaza. Performers include Modern Throwback, Joe G. and Star Six Nine. Treat your taste buds with various beer tastings during Beer Fest from noon to 3 p.m. in the square. Beer Fest tickets are $30 and include a souvenir pint glass and snacks.

Veterans Park will host the Family Zone. You’ll find games for children, Freddy the Marshfield Fire Department fire truck, bouncy houses, martial arts demonstrations and dance performances. Fun and games start at 10 a.m. and continue until 3 p.m.

You can also test your throwing skills at a cornhole tournament next to Wenzel Family Plaza. Registration costs $24 per team. You must bring your own partner and bags. Cash prizes will go to the winners.

A family zone will be set up from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Veterans Park with games for children, inflatable games, martial arts demonstrations, dance performances and more.

New this year: Strongman Contest

If you’re looking to be amazed, head to the 100 block of Central Avenue starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, where men and women from across the country will compete in the first Hub City Days strongman competition. Organizer Kyle Bredl has been running strongman competitions for years, but this is the first time he’s teamed up with the Marshfield event.

Bredl was first drawn to sports after being glued to television as a child when “World’s Strongest Man” aired during the holiday season.

“I’ve seen the strongest guys in the world pull planes and hold atlas balls above their heads,” Bredl said.

Since then, Bredl has carved out a place for himself in the arena of strongman competition. This is its fourth annual Be Strong for a Cause event, which rewards a local organization with money raised through registrations and donations. This year, Nutrition On Weekends will receive a donation as well as another local organization which Bredl will reveal at the event.

Saturday’s show will feature 26 athletes competing for the title of strongest man. Don’t expect just a weightlifting contest, events will include lifting Hummer tires and pulling a 13,000 pound dump truck.

Street and parking closures

Such an important celebration justifies the closing of the streets. The following streets and parking lots will be closed at various times Friday and Saturday.

Friday from 3 p.m.:

  • South Central Avenue, between Veterans Parkway and Fourth Street
  • Second and Third Streets, between Chestnut Avenue and the driveway east of South Central Avenue

From Friday 6 p.m. to Saturday 11 p.m.:

Saturday 4:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • South Central Avenue, between Veterans Parkway and 11th Street
  • Fifth and Sixth Streets, between Allies East and West of South Central Avenue
  • Seventh Street, between Chestnut Avenue and South Central Avenue
  • Park Street, from South Central Avenue to the Holiday Inn entrance

Saturday 3 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

  • Second and Third Streets, between Chestnut Avenue and South Central Avenue
  • Chestnut Avenue, between First and Third Streets

There will be plenty of street and lot parking outside the gated area. For more information on parking, click on the event map here.

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