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Neighbors Growing Together | Apr 21, 2014

Ainsworth Fun Days kicks off Friday

By Xiomara Levsen | Jun 06, 2013
A crowd of people watches the Fun Days Parade 2012 go by in Ainsworth.

Ainsworth Fun Days will have a lot of activities for parents and children this weekend.
“This year’s theme is Going Green in ‘13,” said Ainsworth Fun Days chairperson Traci Vonnahme.
Throughout the weekend there will be activities that have a recycling and nature theme, she said. One of the activities will be a recyclable art table in the kids’ zone from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ainsworth Elementary School.
The kids’ zone will also feature old-fashioned games.
“We’ll have an egg toss and finding money in the haystack,” Vonnahme said. “There will also be bobbing for doughnuts.”
The kickoff of activities begin on Friday, June 7, with the Ainsworth Fire Department’s steak supper at 5 p.m. It will be served outside of Ainsworth Elementary. At 7 p.m. is the kids’ parade at the same place.
“The kids’ parade we have mainly for them,” she said. “They’ll decorate their bikes and ride through the route on them.”
At 7:30 p.m. the Bill Riley talent show will take place in the Ainsworth Elementary Gym and a kids’ kickball tournament will go on at the Ainsworth Ball Park.
On Saturday, June 8, activities begin with the citywide garage sales at 6:30 a.m., Vonnahme said. A 5K will be held at Marr Park with registration at 7 a.m., she said.
One event Vonnahme enjoys is Howdy’s Hot Rod Soapbox Derby.
“It’s amazing to see what the cars are,” she said. “We had one made out of a wheelchair before.”
Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the race will be at 10 a.m.
Other events on Saturday include the Ainsworth Fire Department’s water fights where other fire departments in the area compete against each other, Vonnahme said.
The parade will be at 1:30 p.m. It will start on Willow Street and loop through streets in town and end near the railroad tracks. From 5 to 8 p.m. the family concerts and picnic will take place outside of Ainsworth Elementary. The close of the festivities will be the fireworks show the fire department will do at dusk.
“We had fireworks last year and so many people liked the show that we decided to do them again this year,” Vonnahme said. “You can see them anywhere in town but the best view of the fireworks will be from Railroad Street.”
Vonhamme hopes there is nice turnout for Ainsworth Fun Days. She also hopes people enjoy the small town of Ainsworth.
“We don’t have many stores or restaurants here in town, but we’re a quaint little town,” she said.

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