Bands move to airport
Organizers of the 175th Anniversary Celebration decided this morning that with the threat of inclement weather looming, the bands that had been scheduled to perform on the Washington square will be moved to the Washington Municipal Airport.
Washington Chamber of Commerce director Michelle Redlinger said that all of Tribute Night will be moved, starting with the Big Band Theory at 5 p.m. She said that Ridiculous Day events are scheduled rain or shine, but if weather is so bad that the parade cannot go on as planned, it will be postponed to 4 p.m. Sunday.
“The event is still a go,” she said. “We will have food vendors there. We will have our street dance and beverage tents in the largest airport hangar. This is Washington Tribute Night version 2.0.”
Airport commission chair Kevin Erpelding said that parking will be available on the east side of Hangar G, as long as there isn’t too much rain. He said that people may also be bused in from downtown locations and from Case Field.
When Dean Kurtz began planning Ridiculous Day this year his concern was getting more than 500 ducks — up from 150 last year — for the fountain giveaway. Today, he proudly said that over 700 ducks, each worth at least $2, will be given during the annual Ridiculous Day event.
Kurtz said that he encourages people to bring plenty of duck calls to the give away, which will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the square. He said that getting 700 ducks moving will take plenty of coaxing. He also said in addition to the firefighters in SCUBA gear in the fountain tossing the plastic ducks to people, some dispatchers will also be giving away the birds. He said the ducks have to be tossed from the top tier of the fountain. Prizes can be redeemed at the sponsoring business.
“Somehow we have to get the ducks tossed up to the top tier to toss out,” he said. “We will have buckets of ducks or something.”
With a 50 percent chance of rain, Kurtz said that he is hoping the weather holds out for the remainder of the week. He said there will be plenty to do on Ridiculous Day this year. He also said some of the events may carry over to next year if they are well received.
As is done every year, the Ridiculous Day sales will kick off at 8 a.m., along with breakfast in Central Park. Registry for a half marathon along the KeWash Trail will also begin at 8 a.m. Registration for the Princess/Superhero Contest will begin at 8:30 a.m. The princess contest will be held at 9 a.m. and the superhero contest will be held at 9:30 a.m. Family-friendly games will begin at 10 a.m. The Washington Optimists will hold the annual bike sale in Central Park. The food court along Marion Avenue will open at 11 a.m.
After the Ducks in the Fountain event, the Minute to Win it contest will be held in Central Park. The Ridiculous Day parade will begin at 2 p.m., with lineup along Washington Boulevard beginning at 1 p.m. Winners will be announced at 4 p.m.
At 3 p.m. the Bill Riley Talent Show will be held at the Washington Middle School.
At 4:15 p.m. local historian Mike Zahs will hold his discussion about the Historic Graham Opera House and the Brintons in the State Theatre.
Music is planned thoughout the evening at the Washington Municipal Airport. Big Band Theory is scheduled to perform at 5 p.m. John Kessell and Friends will take the stage at 6 p.m. The Alumni football game against Mt. Pleasant will be at 6 p.m. at Case Field. Redlinger said that shuttle buses would be provided to the airport from the game. Local band Starbolt will perform at 7 p.m. Midnight Special begins at 8:15 p.m. The 1980s tribute band Rubix Kube will perform at 10:30 p.m.
Sunday’s events, which will wrap up the 175th Anniversary Celebration, begin at 10:30 a.m. with an ecumenical church service. All events will take place in Central Park. At noon, the Presbyterian Praise band will perform gospel music, followed by the United Methodist Praise Band at 1 p.m. At 2 p.m. the alumni concert band will perform. An alumni reception sponsored by the Washington School District will be held at 4 p.m. At 5 p.m. a closing ceremony is scheduled at the Central Park bandstand.