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44th annual Spring Valley Dam Days this weekend

SPRING VALLEY--A waterfall full of activities will flood the community when the 44th annual Spring Valley Dam Days is presented this weekend.

The highlights for this Friday through Sunday include a fun run, grand parade, queen coronation and Lions raffle. The local Lions club is the main organizer behind the celebration.


Community Wide Garage Sales get the festivities going Friday, then return at 8 a.m. Saturday.

From 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, there will be a Red Cross Blood Drive at the Spring Valley Fire Hall.

Food stands will open at 4 p.m. Friday and be open again beginning at 9 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. The Lions club's world famous hamburgers, Snow Valley Riders' brats and chicken, and specialty food stands will be available.

Also at 4 p.m. Friday, the Dam Days Medallion Hunt will start. The first clue will be posted Friday at 4 p.m. at Arneson Insurance, then on Saturday clues will be posted at 9 a.m., noon, 3 and 6 p.m., and on Sunday at 9 a.m. and noon. The finder should bring the medallion to the Lions club stand with their name, address and social security number, and they must have a Dam Days button. The prize of a $100 savings bond will be awarded following Sunday's queen coronation.

Friday from 5 to 6 p.m., five bikes will be given away. Starting at the Spring Valley Health Care Center, the more participants walk, run, skip or hop down the trail (no wheels except strollers for little ones), the greater the chances to win.

Music at the Iron Horse Saloon will be provided by "Ross William Perry" from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturday. At Sneakers Pub and Eatery, the C&C entertainment will be by DJ Cory Schmitz from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday. Meantime, there will be open jukebox at Bill's Bar.


First up Saturday is Youth Football featuring Spring Valley and a team to be announced from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The full contact sport will be played by first through sixth graders at the local football field.

The Dam Days Craft Fair is set from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Spring Valley Elementary School. Over 30 vendors will sell handcrafted gift items. Coffee, doughnuts, bars and lunch will be served in the commons area. Proceeds will go toward the Spring Valley Cardinal Kids Club program.

The Dam Days Bicycle Ride heads out from Handy Andy Park at 9 a.m. Rides of 15 to 18 miles will be available. All ages are welcome; helmets are required.

At 9:30 a.m., Youth Olympics will be offered to pre-schoolers through sixth graders at the practice football field/old high school track by the dam. Registration is on-site a half hour earlier.

Registration for the Two Mile and 10K Fun Run happens at 9:30 a.m., before the 10 a.m. start at the north end of main street. Forms are available at the start, or from Terry Miller or Spring Valley Drug.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Art in the Park will fill Handy Andy Park with local crafters and artists' wares. There will be live music and refreshments such as homemade apple pie. All proceeds benefit the Cardinal Music Club.

The Spring Valley Cardinal Quilters Quilt Show enters the spotlight from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pieced quilts, club projects, vintage quilts, quilting vendors, crafters' rummage sale and door prizes will be among the attractions.

A Classic Car Show will be hosted by the Spring Valley Health Care Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Owners of classic cars, trucks, tractors, farm machinery or special interest vehicles are welcome. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and trophies will be presented at 2 p.m. An hour later, there will be a Classic Car Parade.

A Horseshoe Tournament is a Handy Andy Park horseshoe pits feature at 10 a.m. The tourney is a 32-team maximum with double elimination format.

Kids get into the act from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a Children's Petting Zoo. Happ-E-Hill Pumkin Train Rides will travel main street, also on Sunday.

Noon Saturday brings a Moonwalk to Second Street across from the municipal building. The open-ended event will be back Sunday at 11 a.m.

Ducks are to be raced from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, with contestants meeting at the snowmobile bridge.

The 1 p.m. time is also for the Overdale Kennel Dog Agility Fun Match at Handy Andy Park. A Bean Bag Toss will be held in front of Bill's Bar on main street and it's 1 p.m. again for the Dam Days Euchre Tournament at Sneakers Pub and Eatery.

From 1 to 3 p.m. are the times for Face Painting by Spring Valley Royalty in front of Breath and Bodywork.

A Magic Show will be performed on McKay Avenue across from Sneakers at 1:15 p.m.

Bicycle Races will have ages four to 12 competing on McKay Avenue in front of Sneakers at 2 p.m.

The EMS building will be the location for Fire Truck Rides and Blood Pressure Screening from 2 to 4 p.m.

At 2:30 p.m., a Kids Coin Hunt is the attraction on McKay Avenue in front of Sneakers.

The 13th Annual Parade of Horses will venture down main street at 4 p.m.

An hour-and-a-half later, the street will be the place for a Royal Baking Contest. Votes will be cast for the favorite brownies or bars made by the queen candidates.

A "Folliez" performance is promised at the Spring Valley Theatre at 7 p.m.

A Street Dance will last from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturday on main street with music by "Still Runnin." "P&S We Love You Karaoke" will be presented by Phil and Sarah at Sneakers from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday. Meanwhile, DJ Cory Schmitz will be at Bill's Bar.

For more please read the Sept. 14 print version of the Herald.