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German Valley Days to offer a parade, kids events this Saturday

German Valley Days returns this Saturday with “A Day In The Valley”, set for Saturday, July 17 in at Ben Miller Park in German Valley.

Festivities will begin at 6:30 a.m. with a pancake breakfast and 5K & Kids Fun Run at 8 a.m.

Activities for youngsters will include a pig scramble, coloring contest, kiddie tractor pull, petting zoo, Nerf Blaster Wars, and games.

Also planned are a tractor show, Art In the Park, silent auction, and Around the Park Basketball Shooting Contest.

The German Valley Historical Museum will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

The parade will step off at 2 p.m. followed by a bags tournament, entertainment by Grass Attack Bluegrass Band( 3-5 p.m.), a pork chop barbecue set to begin at 3:30 p.m., the Little Miss & Mister Pageant (5:30 - 6:30 p.m.), a Forreston High School Variety Show 7-8:30 p.m., and raffle winners announced at 8:30 p.m.

The day will conclude with fireworks over Lake Baalton.

Food will be available including a Summer Rec Ice Cream Booth.

Activities will take place in the Ben Miller Park or along Church Street.

For information, go to www.germanvalleydays.com or call 815 362-3671.

Schedule of Events

Tentative Schedule - exact times have not been determined

6:30-10 a.m. Pancake Breakfast (at Fire Station, sponsored by Silver Creek Reformed Church ACTS Ministries)

8 a.m. Run The Valley 5K & Kids’ Fun Run (Entry fee $20/$25, Ben Miller Park, registration 7-7:45)

9 a.m. Antique Tractor Show (until parade start) - Sponsored by German Valley Golden Eagles 4-H Club

9 a.m. Coloring Contest (until 4 p.m., winners announced 6-6:30 p.m. on stage)

9:30 a.m. Pig Scramble ($5 entry fee/child)

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 3-6 p.m. German Valley Historical Society Museum open

10:30 a.m. Kiddie Tractor Pull , Petting Zoo

11 a.m. Around the World Basketball Contest (Ben Miller Park, entry fee $10/team of three)

12 p.m. Antique Tractor Games Contest, Art In The Park (for all ages, $5 entry, limited to 40 people, Ben Miller Park shelter house)

2 p.m. Parade

3 p.m. Nerf Blaster Wars on the ball diamond

3 p.m. Cornhole Bag Toss ($20 entry fee/team of two) - Sponsored by Alcohol Party Catering, Inc, German Valley

3 p.m. Grass Attack (on stage, Ben Miller Park)

3 p.m. Kids’ Games at Park

3:30-7:30 p.m. Pork Chop Dinner, German Valley Fire Department Station

5:30 p.m. German Valley Little Miss/Mister Contest (on stage, Ben Miller Park)

7 p.m. Forreston High School Variety Show (on stage, Ben Miller Park)

8:30 p.m. Raffle winners announced (on stage, Ben Miller Park)

9:15 p.m. Fireworks over Lake Baalton (Rain date Sunday July 18)