The 35th annual Faribault Heritage Days Celebration was kicked off with ceremonies in Central Park Wednesday evening.

The Faribault Ekls provided a very informative presentation of the development of our United States flag.

Heritage Days Communications Director Kelly Huff was the Emcee for the event and introduced Pastor Mark Kinney of River Valley Church to provide the invocation.

Pastor Kinney asked those in attendance if they had ever sat under a shade tree on a hot day and thanked the person or persons who planted the tree many years ago so they could enjoy it.

He said that is the essence of Heritage Days.

During his prayer Pastor Kinney asked for guidance for our community leaders past and present.

Neither the Grand Marshall or Business Grand Marshall could attend the opening ceremonies so Huff gave the crowd a few details of why they were chosen for the honor.

Father Henry Doyle is the Grand Marshall and arrived in Faribault to work at Shattuck-St. Mary's in 1989.

Huff noted every day Father Doyle writes in and sends out about 13 birthday cards.

She said he has also been involved in many community activities.

The Business Grand Marshalls are Tom and Sandy McDonough founders of Met-Con Construction.

Tom began the business in his basement in 1978 and now the company has grown to 13 companies and another location is in Mankato.

They have grown from $300 thousand dollars in work the first year to over $80 million dollars.

Huff and Laura McColley will be joining us on AM Minnesota 9:30 this morning.

If you can't listen then, please go to www.youtube.com/user/KDHLRadio and watch the show at your leisure.

Below are some pictures from the Opening Ceremonies in Central Park.