Marigold Days Grand Marshals a part of festival from the start
Since the first Marigold Days 51 years ago, Nancy and Harry Naatz have taken part in the town’s festivities.
From square dancing to performing in talent shows to marshaling the kiddie parade, the young couple spent the whole weekend taking part in the now-annual festival. Since then, the couple has stayed involved.
Nancy grew up in Mantorville, living in an apartment adjacent to the Opera House. Her earliest memories are of that apartment and the weekend when her brother was born.
“My mother was laying in bed, and there was a lamp on,” Nancy said. “I remember her saying to some of the women, it’s time to take Nancy next door to Mr. and Mrs. Bolander’s. When I came back the next morning, my brother was born.”
Harry grew up in Kasson. The couple met during the first year of consolidation for Kasson-Mantorville schools. While the couple noted that the class eventually became very close