By Emily Bialkowski
Father’s Day in Caledonia is not only a great time to celebrate the influential men in our lives, but also a time to kick up your heels and wander down to Caledonia’s City Fest.
City Fest will take place June 14 and 15 at the Houston County Fairgrounds. Events will begin Friday evening at 5 p.m. when the beer tent opens for happy hour with a two-for-one special. Along with a line-up of events like coed kickball, an apple pie eating contest and food, this year will feature new, kid-friendly activities with a Spiderman bounce house, bungee basketball and bungee run – all at no charge to parents.
“We really wanted to incorporate kids and have something for kids to be able to do,” Susan Bauer, a member of the planning committee, said.
The three apparatuses will allow youngsters the chance to burn a little steam while having fun.
To support this expense, committee members are hoping people will hang out, watch a kickball game and buy one of 500 raffle tickets being sold to support the festival.
Tickets are $10 apiece and prizes are as follows:
1st – $1,000
2nd – $500
3rd – $250
4th and 5th – $100
6th – $50
“Us selling these tickets will pay for the bouncy houses and helps us fund our events,” Bauer said.
Saturday’s activities begin bright and early at 9 a.m. when the beer tent opens and coed kickball resumes.
From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. shoppers may want to check out the vendor fair, which will include over a dozen representatives. There will continue to be food available, and children’s games will begin at 3 p.m. They are sponsored by SEMA Equipment.
The wildlife expo, brought to you by Bluff Country Archery, is set to take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Also during that time will be a wine tasting by the Caledonia Liquor Store. At 4 p.m. local emergency personnel will demonstrate how they use the jaws of life in rescue situations.
To polish off this full schedule the band Sucker Punch Sally will perform at 8 p.m.
A small group of volunteers – under the name of Caledonia Community Celebrations – makes this festival possible. They put on a total of three events a year and begin planning the next activity the day after the last one ends.
Once City Fest concludes, planning for winter wonderland will begin. There is also a smelt fry in the winter.
“Every year it gets a little easier for us but we’re really thinking about this stuff all year,” Bauer said.
Spouses tend to add a helping hand when crunch time arrives, Bauer said, and it’s something that is very appreciated and needed.
“We’re really excited this year because we’ve had a couple people tell us that they’d love to help with this event. It’s really nice that we have had people step up to want help us. Even though it’s a day-and-a-half event, it’s a lot of work,” Bauer said.
Contact any of the listed board members on page 16 if you’re in the mood to lend a hand as well.