July 26th - July 28th 2024

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2023 Carlton Daze Grand Marshal

In recognition of his longstanding commitment to the Carlton community, the Carlton Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is thrilled to announce their unanimous decision in selecting Gordon “Gordy” Davis as the 2023 Grand Marshal of the Carlton Daze Parade. 
Gordy and his beloved late wife, Lillian, made Carlton their home back in 1957 and raised their five children here. Through his long-time residency in Carlton and being a staple within the community, Gordy has made significant contributions to our City both civically and socially, and Carlton is no doubt a better place because of it.
Gordy also served our Country as a Sergeant in the Army Engineer’s during the Korean Conflict where he was stationed in Germany with the 317th Platoon Bridge Company. 
For 24 years, he worked for the Carlton School District, where he happily transported children to and from school as a bus driver.
He gave 20 years to the Carlton Volunteer Fire Department, where he served his last 2 years as Fire Chief. 
Gordy was also a dedicated volunteer of Volunteer Services of Carlton County where he provided transportation to homebound elders needing assistance getting to and from their medical appointments where he insisted not getting reimbursed for mileage. He sincerely just wanted to help. 
For 6 years, until he was the age of 91 (he just celebrated his 95th birthday on July 24th), he also delivered food for Meals on Wheels, an organization whose mission is to improve the health and quality of life for seniors so that no one is left hungry or isolated. Through this, he did more than bring a warm meal. He brought a smile. He brought compassion. He brought friendship. And sometimes, he brought the only human interaction they had all day or even all week.
He has been an active and longtime member of Bethesda Lutheran Church, where he and his wife Lillian would set up the serving hall for funerals for many years, while also organizing confirmation classes for the kids. These are just a few of the ways he has served his church family.
All these things and so much more are a testament to the outstanding citizen and person that Gordy is, and we couldn’t be prouder to recognize him for all that he has done and for all that he is. If you have had the pleasure of meeting Gordy, you know in an instant he’s something special. He embodies what it means to live generously for the good of others. So much so, that in 2019, he and his wife Lillian, were also presented with the Volunteer Award by the City of Carlton as part of the Mayors Day of Recognition for their steadfast dedication to our community. 
Please help us in honoring him by cheering loud and proud for him as he leads the parade as this year’s Grand Marshal!
Congratulations, Gordy! A very deserved honor for a very honorable man.


2023 Tentative Schedule

Carlton Daze Schedule

All Weekend

B&B Wagon at the Third Base – Friday: 3pm-2am; Saturday: 9am-2am; Sunday: 9am-9pm

Softball (starts 6:30 p.m. Friday) & Volleyball (starts 8 a.m. Saturday) Tournaments, Organized by 3B

Food Vendors at the Four Seasons Complex parking lot.

Carlton VFW – Room @ The Table Food Truck, Ma & Pa’s Fry Shack and Indian Tacos Food Stand

Carlton Auxiliary Party Wagon ticket sales – drawing on Sunday, July 30th

Carlton VFW - Gun Raffle – 350 tickets available – drawing Saturday, July 29th

Food/Beverages – The Streetcar

Junior’s Backyard Grill at Caywood Country Store - opening at 11am Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

Magic’s Wraps and Subs Food Truck - Four Seasons parking lot Saturday and Sunday

2023 St. Louis River Rendezvous – Paddlemania – Saturday – Spectators are welcome.



Carlton Public Library Book Sale at the Carlton City Hall/Library on Chestnut Avenue.


5K Registration and Preregistered packet pick up at the Four Seasons Sports Complex.

5K registration at carltonchamber.com/carlton-daze/ or tempotickets.com/Carltondaze5k-23


Bingo at the VFW & Carlton VFW Auxiliary Booze Cart & Ticket Sales.


Kids Fun Races for ages 2 to 5 years and ages 6 to 8 years. Sign up at the Four Seasons, 4:00 to 5:45 pm.


Softball Tournament – Contact Third Base, 218-384-4515-Fee: $200.00 per team.


29th Annual Carlton Daze 5K Run/Walk start at Four Seasons Sports Complex.


Live Music – The Third Base Bar – The Northwoods Band.


Live Music at the Carlton VFW – Stranded.



Check-in/Packet Pick Up/Race Start for Minnesota Voyageur Trail Ultra 50 Mile Ultramarathon at Carlton High School. Information available on the website – voyageur50.com


Volleyball Tournament - Contact Third Base, 218-384-4515. Fee: $150.00 per team.


Carlton Daze Golf Tournament – Rugged Spruce Golf Course, Mahtowa. Contact Stephanie, 218-393-7416, for more information and registration or sign up at The Third Base ($25.00/per golfer). The fundraiser will be limited to 50 golfers age 21 and over. Additional information is available on facebook.com/dazedgolfer. Proceeds benefit the Jim Erickson Memorial Scholarship.


Car Show – Registration begins at 8 am in front of the Carlton VFW. $10.00 entry fee. “Hot Rods for Hot Wheels” Cruisers will be coming between 12 (noon) & 1 pm. Contact Shawn at 218-393-5622 for more information.

There will be NO PARKING on Chestnut Avenue (Carlton main Street) beginning at 7 a.m.


Kids Coloring Activity at CreativEdge in downtown Carlton. Kids can create a masterpiece and have it printed on a shirt or other printables. (Free to color - $10.00 for a printed item).


Craft & Vendor Event at the Carlton Bike Shop yard. Contact person, Sarah at 715-293-3711.


Pet Photo Booth at Carlton Bike Shop yard, $30/mini session, proceeds to benefit Carlton County Animal Rescue.


Pony rides for kids in the Four Seasons parking lot. $6/per ride


Carlton Public Library Book Sale at the Carlton City Hall/Library on Chestnut Avenue.


Bingo at the VFW.

12 (noon)

Poker Tournament – Carlton VFW. Sign up at 11 a.m.


Paddlemania – Whitewater Kayak runs on the St. Louis River – Spectators are welcome to all events. For more information go to www.paddle-mania.com


Paddlemania – Kayak Race Start. Best viewing experience at Jay Cooke State Park (swinging bridge).


Mass at St. Francis Church, 509 Sunrise Drive, Carlton, MN.


Paddlemania – Slot Machine Showcase Showdown. – Spectators welcome to all events.


Carlton VFW Gun Raffle Drawing.


Class of 1983 40th Reunion at Streetcar Kitchen & Pub. ALL classes are welcome to attend!


Live Music at the Carlton VFW – Vinyl Recliner.


The Third Base – Live music – STONE.



Mass at St. Francis Church, 509 Sunrise Drive, Carlton, MN.


Polka Worship Service at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 204 5th Street, Carlton, MN


Bake Sale at the Carlton VFW - by Bethesda Lutheran Church.


Bounce Houses for kids by D.A.D.S Bounce House Rentals - DNR Park. Unlimited day pass $5.


Bloody Mary Bar – Carlton VFW.


Service at River’s Edge Church.


Carlton Public Library Book Sale at the Carlton City Hall/Library on Chestnut Avenue.


Bingo at the VFW.


Carlton VFW – Bean Bag Tournament. Sign up begins 12pm.


Carlton Daze Parade. Line up begins at noon on School Avenue at the Carlton High School. REGISTER ONLINE at carltonchamber.com/carlton-daze. Parade Contact: Andy at 218-391-6617.

Following Parade Carlton Volunteer Fire Department Open House. Demonstrations. Kids activities. Refreshments served. Carlton Fire Hall.

Following Parade Free Root Beer Floats at the Carlton Fire Hall. Sponsored by the Carlton Area Chamber of Commerce and Carlton Fire Department.

Following Parade Kids Coin Hunt – DNR Park (across from Fire Hall) Sponsored by Woodlands National Bank.

Following Parade Pony Rides - DNR Park - $6/per ride.


Bubble Dance Party at the N.P. Junction Bike Shelter – DNR Park. This event is for kids of all ages. Music by a DJ that includes bubbles and dancing!


Live music at The Third Base – Milkbone Band (after the parade).


Carlton VFW Auxiliary Party Wagon Raffle Drawing


Carlton VFW – DJ/Karaoke.