Visitor Information

History of Dan Rice Days

In 1965, Joseph Mager Jr.and a group of volunteers got together to plan a celebration to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the erection and dedication of Civil War Memorial in the center of town. That celebration was the beginning of Dan Rice Days, which has grown and become more popular each and every year. Held the first full weekend in August every year, a dedicated committee now plans the celebration that recognizes and commemorates the many contributions that Daniel McClaren (aka Dan Rice) made to the town of Girard. The festival sports free entertainments, craft vendor and merchants, great local food, educational activities and parade. The Festival begins on Thursday evening and concludes on Saturday evening.


Dan Rice Days activities are located primarily in downtown Girard, with some events taking place at the school complex and at other sites in the community. Parking is available on side streets and at the Girard High School. A free shuttle bus is available, making many convenient stops at the different venue locations.

Information Booth

The Information and Merchandise Booth is located in the south park in the center of town. Look for us inside the crafters area.

ATM Machines

Several major Financial Institutions maintain branch offices in Girard.


Port-a-Johns and handwashing stations are located throughout the festival grounds.

Dan Rice Days Parade Grand Marshalls

1992 - Ony Oas

1995 - Isabel Foye

1996 - Tom Ridge

1997 - Dr. Gertrude Barber

1999 - Joe Schauman

2000 - Joe Antolik

2001 - Doc Orr

2002 - Dick Higley

2003 - Louie Hannah

2004 - Linnie Meeder

2005 - Dr. & Mrs. R. C. Boyle

2006 - Don Kuntz

2007 - Marilyn Wintrode

2008 - Gail Fees

2009 - Mary Butler

2010 - Clyde & Ginny Davis

2011 - Lyle Cook

2012 - Ed Erickson

2013 - Bee Hive Recipients

2014 - Norm Beatty (Read the West County News Journal Article about our Grand Marshall)

2015 - Girard Highschool Class of 1965

2016 - Carolyn Baxter

2017 - Carolyn Veith

2018 - Bill & Bev Miller

2019 - Girard High School Girls Softball Team - District 10 Champions