New Richland plans weekend event

Published 9:06 am Wednesday, July 6, 2011

NEW RICHLAND — With a carnival and street dance, fun walk/run and Idol contest, New Richland Farm & City Days this Friday through Sunday offers a little bit of everything for everybody.

At least that’s how event organizer Amy Ihrke describes it.

“There are so many different events tailored to each family and all ages, it draws people in and they find what they want to do,” Ihrke said.

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Probably the biggest event each year is the Saturday night street dance on Broadway Avenue. This year’s dance will feature live music by cover band, Shag.

“They play a really huge variety from country to oldies to new stuff — a really good variety for everybody,” Ihrke said.

A favorite of recent years has become the “New Richland Idol” contest — a local version of “American Idol,” showcasing local talent. In fact, it’s become such a big deal that the contest winner from Friday’s event won’t be unveiled until the parade Sunday afternoon.

“People go to Idol and then come back for the parade, because only a couple of the judges know who the winner is,” Ihrke said.

In addition to some of the new entertainment, including Stix of Fury and the Splatter Sisters, a 5k route has been added to the 2-mile road race for the Panther Fun Run/Walk. A performance by local cheerleaders and elementary students who recently attended “Cheer Camp” is also new this year.

Below is a complete roster of scheduled events for New Richland Farm & City Days:

Friday, July 8:

5 to 10 p.m.: J&K Rides and concessions

5 to 7 p.m.: Dunk Tank, Division Street between the bank and Washburn Hotel

5 to 9 p.m.: Lions Bingo in City Park

6:30 p.m.: Performance by cheerleaders and elementary students

7 p.m.: New Richland Idol “A Night on Broadway,” Broadway Avenue

Saturday, July 9:

7 to 10 a.m.: Pancake Breakfast at New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva School cafeteria; entertainment by Jim Kozan; announcement of parade Grand Marshall

7 a.m.: LeSueur River Church Bake Sale, NRHEG cafeteria

8 a.m.: Panther Fun Run/Walk-Check-in at 7 a.m. in City Park

9 a.m.: Farm vs. City 3-Person Scramble, Riverview Golf Course

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Top 25 Antique Car Show, Main Street near City Hall, registration 8 to 10 a.m.; awards at 1 p.m.

9:30 a.m.: Horseshoe tournament, Legion Field, sign up at 9 a.m.

11 a.m.: Kiddie Parade on Wheels, starts and ends at City Park, games and lunch to follow

Noon to 9 p.m.: Lions Bingo, City Park

Noon to 9 p.m.: Dunk Tank, Division Street

Noon to 10 p.m.: J&K Rides and concessions

1 to 4 p.m.: Public showing of Flowers Show; coffee and bars served at City Hall, registration from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

1 p.m.: Kids Tractor Pull, Ash Avenue by Country Neighbors sponsored by the NRHEG FFA

3 p.m.: Kids Amazing Race, pre-register at City Hall

5 p.m.: Chore Boy Race, Broadway Avenue by Bowling Alley, pre-registration at Blondie’s Café

8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.: Farm & City Days Street Dance featuring Shag

Sunday, July 10:

10:30 a.m.: Community worship service, City Park

11:30 a.m.: Waseca County pork producers serving pork sandwich meal, City Park

Noon to 6 p.m.: J&K Rides and concessions

1 p.m.: 26th annual Farm & City Days parade

3 to 4:30 p.m.: Dunk Tank, Division Street

3 p.m.: Stix of Fury Performance, City Park

3 to 6 p.m.: Lions Bingo, City Park

3:15 p.m.: New Richland Idol Performance, City Park

3:40 p.m.: Announcement of Button Numbers, City Park

3:45 p.m.: Splatter Sisters Performance, City Park

4 p.m.: Ice cream social, St. Peters Church, Otisco