By Emily Bialkowski
There’s nothing like sitting on the muddy banks of the Mississippi, being consumed by the smell of river water, calmed by the sound of a slow but steady splash and eased into the evening by the sight of the setting sun.
The Brownsville that some call home and so many of us visit will change the weekend of June 21 during Brownsville Days, a time when the town comes vibrantly alive with softball games, kids games, fireworks, a parade, food, music and more.
Festivities kick off Friday night at 7 p.m. with coed softball, which continues at 10 a.m. Saturday morning. Also on Saturday, kids games will take place at the ball park 1-4 p.m. with a simultaneous bean bag tournament. Saturday evening will offer music by Simon Sezz, beginning at 8 p.m., and a sizzling fireworks display is set for 10 p.m.
But wait, the fun is not over yet. On Sunday chicken will be served at the community center beginning at 11 a.m., and the parade starts at 1 p.m. Kids games and a horseshoe tournament crank up 2:30 p.m.
Adding to the fun is the reunion quality Brownsville Days brings to the community.
“A lot of people use it as a homecoming. They spend a lot of time at the ball park and watch ball games and check out the activities around here,” Lions treasurer Jeff LeJeune said.
The Brownsville Lions actually orchestrate the weekend of fun but summon the help of many other organizations and volunteers.
“A lot of the community gets involved with this. The fire department helps with the parade, and there’s a parade committee. The VFW ladies help with the Chicken-Q, and over the last several years, we’ve opened up the concession stand to volunteers – they really help us out. We are a relatively small club that gets stretched really thin, so we appreciate all the volunteers that help,” LeJeune said.
Most of the proceeds made during Brownsville Days circulate back into the community and Lions Club projects, such as ball park improvements and community center improvements.
Though not new this year, the fireworks show on Saturday night remains a big draw. Tucked in a valley and surrounded by the Mississippi River bluffs, the fireworks are really something to see, LeJeune said.
Clear the calendar and be sure to visit all Brownsville has to offer June 21-23.