Celebrate Redwood Falls is going to make waves in the community this weekend as it offers the annual weekend celebration known as Summer Splash June 23-25. The weekend of events includes a variety of activities Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The weekend kicks off officially Friday at 7 p.m., with the annual Women of Today community parade. However, starting at 6 p.m. music and food will already be available at Memorial Field.
Following the parade, family fun night starts at the Memorial athletic complex, with inflatables, mini golf, laser tag and Zorb ball being offered.
Music is being provided by Mood Swings. According to Cindy LaBrie, admission to the inflatables is $10. Craig LaBrie added entrance to the activities taking place during Summer Splash are free, but a $10 wristband is required to play the games being provided during the weekend. The Redwood Falls Lions Club is hosting a beer garden throughout the weekend at Memorial Field.
“We are extending the hours of the celebration this year to midnight,” said Craig, adding that allows people to have more time following the parade. “In past years people would be finishing up with the parade at 9 only to get there for about an hour before we would have to shut things down at 10.”
Permission to extend the hours for the weekend was granted by the city.
A movie is scheduled to be presented Friday starting at 10 p.m. at Memorial Field.
The events continue Saturday afternoon with the free pool party at the aquatic facility from 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Also that afternoon starting at 3 p.m. is Fun in the Sun, which includes music, food and a variety of other activities, including:
• The inflatables, mini golf, laser tag and Zorb ball (wristbands again are $10)
• A bean bag tournament at Memorial Field starting at 3:30 p.m. Registration opens at 3 p.m. The cost to participate is $30, with a 20-team limit. The competition is double elimination, with a cash payout to the top three teams.
• Music by Custom Made Band at 4 p.m.
• Music by Ragtown at 7 p.m.
• The Ball Field Blast Fireworks at 10 p.m. According to Craig due to the extended hours the planners are able to offer two bands this year. A final set of music will be offered following the fireworks until midnight.
The Rapid Relief team will be on hand Saturday to serve food, with the proceeds from the day being donated to the Redwood Falls Police Department and Redwood Falls Fire Department in order to enhance equipment that is available for the departments as they continue to serve the community.
The fun continues Sunday when the Redwood Falls Rotary Club hosts its annual Fly-In pancake breakfast at the municipal airport. Serving is from 8 a.m. until noon. Advance tickets, which are available at several local businesses, are $6, with the cost to enjoy all you can eat pancakes and sausage at $7 at the door.
The Memories in Motion car club is hosting a show and shine car show at the airport from 8 a.m. until noon.
Starting at noon is a River Valley Road Rally.
According to Craig, the road rally will take drivers to seven different locations throughout the area, and at each location the driver will receive a playing card. Those with the best hands at the end of the rally will receive cash prizes. Bikes, classic cars, hot rods and others are invited to attend. There is no charge to take part in the road rally. Registration is at the airport starting at 11:30 a.m.
“It’s about an hour drive,” said Craig, adding it is a great way to show off the area.
The Redwood Falls Golf Club will play host to the Summer Splash Scramble with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Cost to participate is $60 per golfer, with a $20 per team skins option. Prizes and a cash payout will be presented. For more information, call (507) 627-8901. Check-in starts at 12:30 p.m.
The Redwood River Valley Duck Dash is being held in Ramsey Park at the swayback bridge at 3 p.m. Duck sponsorship is $5.
The weekend wraps up with the Redwood Speedway races starting at 5:30 p.m.
Cindy added the 5K is not being held this year, but plans are to host it again next year.
Proceeds from the Summer Splash events go to enhance the activities provided in the community by Celebrate Redwood Falls.
Find out more on the Celebrate Redwood Falls Web site online at celebrateredwoodfalls.com as well as on its Facebook page.
“We are also still looking for volunteers for the weekend,” said Cindy, adding they are needed for a variety of tasks.
To find out how to get involved, contact Laura Kohler at (507) 640-0209. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the Summer Splash events in Redwood Falls.