Old Timers Day goes Hawaiian

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BROOKINGS – Visitors to Volga this weekend for the community’s signature annual gathering can find a variety of things to see and do, for people of all ages. 

And events begin Friday, with one taking place all over town: the citywide rummage sales, with flexible hours.

“I would say all day Friday,” said Deputy Finance Officer Brooke Johnson. “Everybody sets their own hours.” The June 10 edition of the Volga Tribune has a map to show shoppers where to go.

Another all-day event is the noon-7 p.m. baseball tournament at the Cotton Sports Complex.

Come evening, there’s a party at Meadow Creek Golf Course, beginning at 7 p.m. and catered by Valley Restaurant and Midwest Fresh. Add to that free ice cream, courtesy of RFD Newspaper; inflatables; and DJ music by Proking Entertainment. To top all that off is a fireworks display at dusk.

In keeping with the Hawaiian theme, free flower leis will be given at the party on Friday and again during the parade on Saturday.

Saturday

Saturday is the big day, and events get going early: from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., for $7 there’s an all-you-can-eat pancakes feed at CC Bar & Grill, sponsored by American Legion Post No. 114. For those more interested in fitness than chowing down on carbs, there’s the annual 5K Race at Your Own Pace, also starting at 7:30 a.m.

Meanwhile, the baseball tournament will be underway, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Come 11 a.m., the focus is downtown, with the Hawaiian-themed parade. Look for decorated floats and other entries that depict our 50th state. Right after the parade there’s the #Rickstrong Poker Run.

Meanwhile, the baseball tournament continues, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Volga now has three parks, and dedications will recognize those families who made donations of money and land: at 3 p.m. – Doc and Roma Peeke Park (which had been the Volga City Park); 3:30 p.m., Marvin Blase and Emerson Wolfe land donation recognition; and 4 p.m., George Kiner Park.

The parks will be filled with a variety of activities throughout the weekend, to include food vendors, craft booths, music, a carnival and a volleyball tournament.

An always popular gathering on Saturday of the big weekend is the street dance; it’s a ticketed event, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. and sponsored by the Volga Fire Department. Returning from 2019 to provide the music is Hicktown Mafia.

Sunday brings a wind down of organized events, beginning with breakfast at the Valley Restaurant as a fundraiser for local church youth groups. And good stuff – for free – continues from Saturday: swimming at the Volga City Pool and the County Museum is open all weekend.

For additional information, log on to www.volgacity.com.

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