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Plum City festival celebrates 'New Beginnings' July 15-18

PLUM CITY--American Legion Post #365, Plum City, has completed plans to celebrate the 52nd Summer Festival.

This year's annual event will be held over four days, this Thursday through Sunday. This major area festival is always scheduled on the third full weekend in July.

The festival will begin on Thursday in the new Community Shelter in American Legion Park, just off Pine Avenue. An official "Flag Disposal" is set for 6:30 p.m., followed by music, fun and games for all ages. Plum City Youth Baseball will host three baseball games between Plum City and Elmwood. "Bingo" is back and "Music by Jack" is scheduled for Thursday evening entertainment, while Ed's "Beef Briskets" and other food favorites will be available.

This Friday, the weekend comes to life as the 16-team softball tournament begins at 6 p.m. Games are scheduled throughout the weekend. Plum City's "Famous Classic Car Cruise" is set for 7 p.m.; those in attendance will be able to view over 100 "high valued vehicles" as they pass through town and past the American Legion Hall, where seating will be available.

Everyone is then invited to the shelter, where they will be entertained by the "Amazing Jeffo" (not your typical blind magician) at 8 p.m., followed by music from "Stilletto." The weekend really kicks off with a bang as the main fireworks display is set for 10 p.m., promised to be the most spectacular fireworks show in the area.

This Saturday begins with a sunrise pancake breakfast at the Public Safety Building on Maple Avenue. American Legion Park will provide the start and finish line for the annual "Freedom Run and Walk" scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Those who finish the run and walk will receive a t-shirt.

The "Summer Festival Kiddie Parade" will take place on Main Street at 11 a.m. All contestants have the opportunity to win something at this event. As the parade ends at Spring Pond Park, workers will prepare for the "Youth Fishing Contest" at 12:15 p.m. All youngsters age 12 and under can enter in this contest, which features four age groups.

Food, fun and train rides as well as "Air Brush Tattoos" are scheduled throughout the day at Spring Pond Park. No one should forget to search for the hidden "medallion" because, by now, several clues will have been posted at the American Legion Hall.

Volleyball games are scheduled at the Plum City High School football field as well as area fire department water fights on Main Street.

Things next move back to the American Legion Park, where "Ozseeker the Clown" will begin her show at 3 p.m. in the shelter. Bingo resumes in the shelter at 4 p.m.--everyone can try their luck and enjoy the game for a couple hours before Mike Bonn's acappella group, "Free Beer," takes center stage at 7 p.m. to bring back some old memories with their fine selection of songs.

Immediately afterward, the crowd will be entertained for several hours by "Midnight Special" as they play their wide selection of music and crowd pleasures.

This Sunday is another big day, as ball games start at 9 a.m. and continue throughout the day until the championship games scheduled for early Sunday evening.

"Sounds of Faith," a gospel group from Milwaukee, will entertain between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the main stage. Kid's train rides will take place in the park throughout the day and the kid's games are set for noon.

At 1:30 p.m., there will be some special recognitions and entertainment provided by local artists prior to "The Piano Man," scheduled for 2:30 p.m. He's a well-known entertainer and musician for young and old--bring along requests.

Post #365's popular "Paper Plate Drop" will take place at 4 p.m., weather permitting. Then at 4:30 p.m., head back to the Bingo pavilion. The main drawing will take place at 7 p.m., where over $700 in cash prizes plus many merchandise prizes are up for draw. All that's needed is a ticket or two or three. Cash prizes double if the winner is present.

As "New Beginnings" continues to be celebrated, several new food items sure to be a big hit with those in attendance have been added. How about a "Pork Chop on a Stick" or maybe "Pizza by the Slice," along with a favorite beverage? For the evening crowd, why not try a "Turkey Drumstick" and then enjoy a Bar-B-Que Chicken Dinner on Sunday?

Members of American Legion Post #365 are proud and happy to be the sponsor of this popular weekend of family entertainment. Over the past half century, the Legionnaires have always tried to bring the community and surrounding communities together to enjoy the real meaning of "Small Town America."

Plan to join neighbors and friends and head to Plum City for a weekend of family fun.