Taco Daze is the Lions Club’s major source of income, which it invests back into the community. More than 100 volunteers work the festival to ensure everyone has a good time.
List of Events
At the Scandia Community Center:
Raising of the flag by the Scouts – 10 am
Car, Truck, and Tractor Show – 10 am – 4 pm
Pickleball Tournament – 10 am – 3 pm
Music by DJ Dan – 10 am – 3 pm
Minnesota Armored Combat demonstrations – 10 am – 3 pm
Vendors, Farmers Market, and Non-Profits – 10 am – 4 pm
Nursing Mothers/Babies Room available in the Heritage Room – 10 am – 4 pm
Food Trucks – 10 am – 4 pm
Games and activities for Children – 10 am – 4 pm
Scouts Selling their World-Famous Tacos – 11 am – 4 pm
Firefighter waterball competition 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Meister’s Beer Garden – 11 am – 4 pm
Coin Scramble for Children – 2:30 pm
At various locations in downtown Scandia:
Bingo at Meister’s – 1 pm – 3 pm
Running of the Meatballs (near Elim Lutheran Church and the Scandia Market & Merchantile) – 3:30 pm
Aerial fly over with a Huey helicopter, followed by military aircraft doing a couple of passes and then doing the missing man formation 4 pm
Parade (starts at the t-ball field on Oakhill Road and travels to the west towards Scandia Elementary School) – 4 pm
– used glasses for the Lions Recycle for Sight program,
– pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House, and
– items for Eagles Healing Nest that will help veterans (cleaning supplies, toilet paper, paper towels, and Straight Talk phones and cards).
There also will be Taco Daze t-shirts available for purchase and people can sign up to become members of the Scandia-Marine Lions.
1/8 page ad – 5″x3.625″ $200
1/4 page ad – 5″x7″ $300
1/2 page ad – 10.25″x7″ $600
Full page ad (trolley spot included) $900
Sponsors will be listed on the Taco Daze ads, website, Facebook page, posters, banner, and sandwich board signs; and displayed throughout the Taco Daze event.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
All vendors will be noted in the advertising for Taco Daze. If you would like more than your business or organization name being listed, there are opportunities to purchase 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, and full-page ads in the special edition of The Country Messenger that is focused on Taco Daze. Please see the information above about being a sponsor/advertiser. The deadline for purchasing an ad is July 15th. Please note on the advertising form if you will be a vendor.
We hope that you would like to share your work with the community by participating in Taco Daze this year.
Be a part of the Taco Daze parade this year! Enter your float or mini-float (children’s wagon size) to win cash prizes!
The parade encourages a variety of units in addition to floats: non-profit organizations; marching bands; cheer, gymnastics, or dance teams; military; tractors; businesses; antique cars; youth groups (4-H, Scouts); churches; town festivals; animals; and fire departments.
To register, please complete the Taco Daze Parade Registration Form; and email or mail it to Nick Welsch.
For more information, contact the Parade Coordinator, Nick Welsch, at email@example.com.
Car, Truck, and Tractor Show
Enter your classic or antique car, truck, or tractor in this annual show at Taco Daze.
We’re looking for antique hot rods, muscle cars, coupes, roadsters, trucks, and much more. Cars and trucks from the ’40s, ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s – American made or imports – all are welcome!
Do you have a rare or historic antique tractor to show? Bring it to Taco Daze! Gas- or steam-powered tractors are equally interesting for Car, Truck, and Tractor Show attendees.
There is guaranteed show space for the first 50 registered vehicles. Free registration includes a dash plaque.
Check-in is between 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Scandia Community Center.
To register, please complete the Car, Truck, and Tractor Show Registration Form; and email or mail it to George or Bob.
Taco Daze History
Taco Daze began when a group of Scandia residents formed the Scandia Tennis Association in 1975 to raise money to build a tennis court. Charter members were Donna Meister, Jule Meister Nelson, Gretchen Clark, Sharon Lindberg, Jim Lindberg and Sharon Kult.
That first year, a fish fry was held outside Meister’s Bar and Grill. The following year the group held a brat feed, the next year tacos were sold, solidifying the event that has brought community members together for more than 40 years. The first five years brought in enough money to build the tennis court, but the event continued. A parade was added in 1982, and when the new Scandia Community Center was built, it moved to that location.
Over the years, money from the event has been used to pay for fencing around the tennis courts, playground equipment, the outdoor water fountain, outdoor toilets, the new coffee machines in the community center, and outdoor signs.
In 1995, the group of volunteers turned reins over to the Boy Scouts to make the tacos and the Lions to run bingo and sponsor the dance. Local groups like Girl Scouts, 4-H clubs, and others began providing assistance, and Meister’s Bar and Grill added live music in the evening.
Current and Past Themes:
2021 – Hometown Heroes
2020 – Taco Daze was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2019 Fashion Days – Show Your Heritage
2018 Viva Las Scandia
2017 Scandia’s Fiesta
2016 The SwedeStones
2015 Pirates of the Scandiaribbean
2014 Roaring 20’s
2013 Taco Trekkie – Beam Me Up Swedie!
2012 Under the Big Tent
2011 Happy “Dala” Daze
2010 Viva Las Vegas
2009 Swedish Tales of Pioneer Trails
2008 Swedish Beach Party
2007 Swedish Hollywood
2006 Back to the 50’s
2005 Swedish Wild West
2004 Swedish Luau
2003 Swedish Mardi Gras