BROOKINGS – Visitors to the Volga this weekend for the iconic annual community gathering can find a variety of things to see and do, for people of all ages.
And the events start on Friday, with one happening all over town: citywide clearance sales, with flexible hours.
“I would say all day Friday,” said Brooke Johnson, assistant director of finance. “Everyone sets their own hours. The June 10 edition of the Volga Tribune has a map to show shoppers where to go.
Another one-day event is the Noon to 7 p.m. Baseball Tournament at the Cotton Sports Complex.
In the evening, there’s a party at Meadow Creek Golf Course, starting at 7 p.m. hosted by Valley Restaurant and Midwest Fresh. Add to that free ice cream, courtesy of the RFD newspaper; inflatable; and DJ music by Proking Entertainment. To top it off, a fireworks display at dusk.
In keeping with the Hawaiian theme, free flower necklaces will be offered during the Friday party and again during the Saturday parade.
Saturday is the big day and the events start early: from 7:30 am to 10:30 am, for $ 7, there is an all-you-can-eat pancake meal at CC Bar & Grill, sponsored by American Legion Post No. 114. For those over. interested in fitness rather than carbohydrate consumption, there is the annual 5K run at your own pace, also starting at 7:30 am.
During this time, the baseball tournament will be underway from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Come 11 am, the focus is on downtown, with the Hawaiian themed parade. Look for decorated floats and other entries that describe our 50th state. Right after the parade there is the #Rickstrong Poker Run.
Meanwhile, the baseball tournament continues from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Volga now has three parks, and dedications will reward families who donated money and land: at 3 pm – Doc and Roma Peeke Park (which was the Volga municipal park); 3:30 p.m., recognition of the donation of land from Marvin Blase and Emerson Wolfe; and 4 p.m., George Kiner Park.
The parks will be filled with a variety of activities throughout the weekend, including food vendors, craft stalls, music, a carnival and a volleyball tournament.
An ever popular gathering on the big weekend Saturday is street dancing; it is a paid event, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. and sponsored by the Volga fire brigade. Returning from 2019 to provide the music is Hicktown Mafia.
Sunday wraps up organized events, starting with breakfast at the Valley Restaurant as a fundraiser for local church youth groups. And the good stuff – for free – continues from Saturday: swimming at the Volga City Pool and County Museum is open all weekend.
For more information, log on to www.volgacity.com.