Volga Old Timers Day goes retro

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BROOKINGS – For last year’s Old Timers Day, Volga turned to a tropical theme: Hawaiian. This year the theme is a step back in time: to the ‘80s.

Brooke Johnson, City of Volga deputy finance officer and a member of the OTD planning committee, said this year’s theme was decided by the committee. The annual celebration is traditionally held the second weekend in June.

While the theme is different for this year’s gala – from Thursday, June 9, through Sunday, June 12 – the annual events that keep it ever popular will again take place.

This year’s OTD starts on Thursday, with a BankStar cookout at 11:30 a.m.

Then comes Friday with traditional events: citywide rummage sales, with a get-around-town map published in the June 9 edition of The Volga Tribune.

Come evening, there’s a party at Meadow Creek Golf Course; it starts at 7 p.m. and is catered by Valley Restaurant, El Charito, and Midwest Fresh Catering. Add to that free ice cream, courtesy of RFD Newspaper; inflatables, donated by the South Dakota National Guard; music by Proking Entertainment; and a fireworks display at dusk.


Saturday is the big day and things get going early: From 7:30 to 10 a.m., $8 (a dollar more than 2021, but hey, that’s inflation) buys an all all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at CC Bar & Grill, sponsored by American Legion Post No. 114. 

For those more interested in physical conditioning, there’s the annual 5K Race At Your Own Pace; registration is at 7:30 a.m. and runners (walkers) take off at 8 a.m. from in front of Valley Fitness.

At 11 a.m. the focus shifts downtown for the premier happening of the weekend: the parade. There is no pre-registration and lineup begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Sioux Valley High School parking lot. With the back-to-the-‘80s theme, floats will be decorated by whatever the eye of the beholder sees as ties to that decade. And look for a few political candidates making an appearance.

And when the parade is over, the focus remains downtown for the Show and Shine, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Look for showy cars, motorcycles and tractors. Lineup is along the 200 block of Kasan Avenue. 

(Note: the scheduled #RickStrong Poker Run has been canceled.)

Meanwhile, there will be a variety of happenings in Doc Peeke Park, from noon to 3 p.m.: food vendors; craft booths; and entertainment by “Plum Crazy.”

The Volga Christian School carnival goes from noon to 2 p.m. 

“They just do little games and sell popcorn, hot dogs and cotton,” Johnson explained. “It’s a fundraiser for them.” 

At 12:15 p.m., the sand volleyball tournament gets underway, following registration at 11:45 a.m. Then at 12:30 p.m. registration begins at the West Second Street cul-de-sac for the Al Kooima Memorial Kids Tractor Pull. Blaine Hoff, Volga resident and retired banker, explained that the tractor pull would honor Kooima, who died about a year ago, because the late farmer and auctioneer had done much to make Old Timers Day a successful event, including serving as an announcer.

Meanwhile from 1 to 3 p.m., Valley Fibercom is serving up free ice cream floats.

The day ends with a ticketed street dance from 9 p.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday. It’s sponsored by the Volga Fire Department; the featured band is Sweet Siren. Attendees must be 21; tickets are $15.


Sunday brings a wind-down to events. But continuing is the County Museum, open for the whole weekend. And there’s free swimming at the Volga City Pool on Saturday and Sunday.   

The gala ends at 7 p.m. Sunday at Faith Reformed Church with inspiration, fellowship, an old-fashioned hymn sing and an ice cream social.

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

Contact John Kubal at [email protected]


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