Come, celebrate Riverside Days
Springfield is celebrating Riverside Days this week with some new events and some scheduling changes that are expected to generate more interest and attract larger crowds to the various festivities.
New to this year’s celebration are a concert by the Minnesota ‘Over-60’ Band at Brown’s Park Thursday evening complemented with an ice cream social and kiddy parade, and Springfield Sings on Saturday evening.
Springfield Sings, a talent contest for amateur singers, ages 15-25, will be held at LeBon Studio on Central Street Saturday evening starting at 7 o’clock.
A medallion hunt sponsored by the Springfield Chamber of Commerce is also new to this year’s schedule of events. The hunts — one for kids that offers a $100 prize, and another for adults offering a $400 prize — got underway Monday. Clues are posted on the door at City Hall and on the Chamber of Commerce Website.
The carnival coming to town for this year’s Riverside Days is also new to Riverside Days. Cody’s Rides will provide the midway offering rides, games, food and fun.
A major change in this year’s schedule of events is the date and time for the grand parade. This year’s parade will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
The celebration will kick into high gear Thursday evening with a kiddy parade, music and pie and ice cream in Brown’s Park. Springfield Community Theatre is sponsoring the Minnesota Over 60s Band for the 7 o’clock free concert.
Cody’s Rides is offering rides, of course, games, food and fun on the midway. The Springfield Rotary Club is sponsoring the carnival and offering an advance sale of armbands that provides a discount and will return a percentage of sales to the club for local projects. Tickets for wristbands are being sold for $20 (offering a $5 discount on advance sale). To obtain the wristband, take your ticket to the ticket booth at the carnival and receive the wristband. The wristband is good for unlimited rides Thursday from 5:30 to 8:30; Friday from 5:30 to 8:30; or Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00. (The wristband is good for one person – one day only during the times listed above; although the carnival rides will be operating longer than the times listed above. There is no age restriction for the wristband.) Those who do not wish to purchase wristbands will be able to purchase individual rides at the ticket booth.
Presale of tickets for wristbands is offered at the Farmers & Merchants Bank, First National Bank, SouthPoint Federal Credit Union and Tauer’s Super Valu,
SAL food concessions
The Sons of the American Legion will operate burger and beverage concessions adjacent to the Legion Club during the heights of the celebration — Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting at 4:00.
Ice cream social
The people of the United Methodist Church will host an ice cream social in Brown’s Park Thursday evening starting at 6:00. (Kiddy parade is at 6:30 and band concert is at 7:00) They’ll be serving a variety of pies, brownies, ice cream, root beer floats and coffee throughout the concert.
A kiddy parade, sponsored by the Employee Council at Mayo Clinic Health System in Springfield is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
“What I want to be when I grow up,” is the theme for the parade. All boys and girls are encouraged to participate. Participants should register at 6 o’clock at the playground on the east side of Springfield Public School where the parade will lineup.
The parade will start on Burns Avenue and promenade around the park.
The Minnesota ‘Over-60’ Band will provide a concert of music in Brown’s Park starting at 7:00 Thursday evening. The concert is sponsored by Springfield Community Theatre and is free to all.
The Springfield Garden Study Club will hold their eightieth annual flower show at the Farmers & Merchants Bank on Friday. The public is invited to view the arrangements from 1:00 to 4:00 June 26.
Springfield’s twenty-first annual Riverside Days parade is scheduled for Friday evening this year instead of Sunday afternoon as was in the past. The parade will start at 6:30 p.m. June 26.
Included in the parade, according to Joel Pingeon and Dan Domeier, who are in charge of parade arrangements, are Su Fu Du, a select group of young percussionists between the ages of 15-21 from the Quad State area, the Fairmont High School Marching Band, Schell’s Hobo Band and other musical groups, princesses, politicians, classic cars and tractors, floats and popular units provided by local businesses that provide treats along the parade route. Springfield Fire, Police and Ambulance units, and the American Legion Color Guard will lead the parade.
More parade units are welcome. Anyone who wishes to parade is encouraged to register with Joel Pingeon, tel: 507-227-4071, or Dan Domeier, tel: 507-227-6977, for parade lineup, or simply show up Friday evening. Staging will take place in the area of Paffrath Avenue, Wilson and Gamble Streets, near Springfield Public School and Sticker Field.
The parade will move down Central Street and turn left at Spring Avenue and travel north to Lincoln Street where it will make another left turn and proceed west to Range Road where it will disperse.
Motorists parked along the parade route are asked to move their cars at 4:00 p.m. or earlier Friday, and all are asked to refrain from parking along the parade route and staging area after 4:00.
Fun Run/ Walk
The annual Fun Run/Walk will take place Saturday morning. The Fun Run/Walk is hosted by Mayo Clinic Health System, the Springfield Community Wellness Team and the Brown County Dairy Association.
The 5K (3.1 mile) run/walk will start at 8 a.m. June 27, with registration beginning at 7 a.m. at the Springfield Area Community Center, the starting and ending point for the event.
The course will be marked and will follow the route used in recent years that highlights parts of the Springfield Trail System. All participants will receive a free event T-shirt.
Pre-registration is encouraged as shirt sizes are limited, but same-day registration is available at 7 a.m. Registration forms are available at the medical center.
Times will be kept for the serious runners, but the event is meant to encourage recreational runners and walkers.
Runners and walkers of all ages are encouraged to participate. Those under 18 years of age must have a parent’s signature on the waiver form.
Kids fishing derby
A kids fishing derby is slated for Saturday morning sponsored by the Springfield Chamber of Commerce with Brittany Portner and Joe Tauer in charge of the event. It will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Salonek’s Pond. Boys and girls, age 15 and under, are encouraged to participate. (Parents are asked to accompany young children who wish to participate.) There is no entry fee — just bring your fishing poles and equipment. Bait will be provided courtesy of Richert’s Bait Shop.
There will be three age groups in fishing competition for both boys and girls: ages 5 and under, ages 5-12, and ages 12-15. All catches will count, and there’ll be prizes for the biggest fish in each group.
Classic car show
A classic car show will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 27, at Schwanke Engines, located along Highway 14 at the east gateway to the city. The show is open to anyone who has a vehicle(s) of interest — cars, trucks, tractors, cycles. Vehicles will not be judged. This year’s show is celebrating 80 years the Chevrolet Suburban. There is no admission fee.
The Springfield Fire Department will hold another popular beanbag tournament in Riverside Park Saturday afternoon. Registration begins at 11:30 and play starts at noon. Get in the action and join the tournament, or just come on down to the park and watch the fun.
Firemen’s pork chop
supper at fire station
Springfield Fire Depart-ment will host their twenty - seventh annual pork chop barbecue at the fire station on Cass Avenue Saturday evening. They are preparing to serve pork chops, potato salad and baked beans to 550-600 people from 4:30 to 8 o’clock. Hot dogs will be available for kids. The firemen will also provide beer concessions at the station. The pork chop feed is the annual fund-raiser conducted by the fire department.
Springfield Sings is a new event this year and will be held from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at LeBon Boutique on Central Street.
Music and dancing
Lang Entertainment will provide music for listening and dancing on O’Connell Street in front of the American Legion Club Friday from 8:00 to midnight. The Sons of the American Legion are sponsoring the music and will provide food and beverage concessions.
The Springfield Fire Department will sponsor music and dancing at the fire station Saturday night with music by Hicktown Mafia from 9:00 to 1:00.
Pancakes in the Park
FFA Boosters are hosting Pancakes in the Park Sunday morning. FFA Alumni and Boosters will be serving pancakes, sausages, fruit juice, milk and coffee from 7:30 a.m. to noon in Riverside Park. All are invited. Proceeds will benefit Springfield FFA activities and educational projects.
A medallion hunt is a new event for Riverside Days and is sponsored by the Springfield Chamber of Commerce Retail Promotions Committee. A $100 cash prize will be awarded to a young person, 12 years and under, who finds the children’s medallion; and a $400 prize for those 13 years and older. The hunt got underway Monday. Clues are posted daily on the door at City Hall, and also on the Chamber of Commerce Web site. Finders of the medallions are to call Gretchen immediately at 303-618-6609 to claim their prizes.
The Tigers town team will play baseball in Riverside Park at 7 p.m. Sunday.
Springfield’s fine athletic facilities in Riverside Park and Sticker Field, the biking and hiking trails, swimming pool, tennis courts, disc golf are all available for public use.
Springfield Golf Club is featuring the use of 8-inch cups for fun and interesting golf the entire weekend.