Community Interest

New Melle Festival June 14-16: Parade Sat. 11 a.m., Get Advance Armband Tickets Now

The New Melle Festival starts June 14th. Be ready to enjoy carnival armband specials, live entertainment, cold drinks and of course, our world famous gizzards all right here in New Melle.

Thursday night kicks off the weekend with Family Night, featuring Straatmann Feed Agri-land, a magic show, balloon artist, emergency service vehicles and demonstrations from local police, fire and ambulance districts, local food vendors, and more.

Friday night, gates open at 6 p.m. The queen coronation will be held at 7:30 p.m., and at 8 p.m. Whiskey Dixon will take the stage for an open air dance. Wear your festival T-Shirt for free admission.

On Saturday, we kick off the day with the annual New Melle parade. This year’s theme is “Good Times in New Melle” so grab your group of friends or organization and put a float in the parade for no charge. The parade starts at Daniel Boone School, lining up at 10:30 and rolling through town at 11 a.m. Later in the day there will be carnival armband specials from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and again from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The washer tournament registration begins at 2:00 p.m. Play starts at 3 p.m. The baby contest registration begins at 3 p.m. with judging at 3:30 p.m. Contagious will perform for the open air dance on Saturday starting at 8 p.m.

The entire weekend provides great entertainment for the whole family! Admission for Family Night is $2.00 or $1.00 with a canned food donation. Admission for Friday and Saturday is $5.00 per person (12 and under free.) This year we are selling our Festival T-Shirts again for $15.00 and for anyone wearing the shirt, admission is free! Shirts can be purchased at Catala Facial Retreat and Boutique and Peoples Savings Bank in New Melle. Armband tickets are $20 per session during the festival, however are available in advance for only $15 at Peoples Savings Bank. Advance Armband Tickets are good for one session per ticket. Sessions will run Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and also after the parade Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

There are still a few open booth spots and parade float opportunities so contact New Melle Sports and Recreation at 636-828-5158 for a booth application or for any questions about the exciting three days.

We also have volunteer opportunities for those that would like to help us during the weekend. A full schedule will be posted online at and also on the New Melle Sports and Recreation Facebook page.

Click here to see the  flyer for the complete schedule as well.

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Advance Carnival Armband tickets are on sale now at Peoples Savings Bank.

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Family Night will feature the ever-popular Agriland again this year, as well
as First Responder Displays and other activities.

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Don't miss the Re-energized Parade, Saturday at 11 am.
(First Place 2016 - Catala Facial Retreat and Boutique - Beverly Hillbillies.)
There's still time to enter a float and join in the fun!