Friday focuses on fitness and fun
With transportation, history, business and art having been taken care of earlier in the week, Friday’s observance of the 175th anniversary of Washington turns to health and fitness with a day full of events for the whole family.
Co-chair Erin Rugg said that the day will begin with a free Yoga class at 8 a.m. on the bandshell in Central Park. The Washington Community Y is sponsoring the event.
Many of Friday’s events will be held in Sunset Park, Rugg said.
“It’s going to be fun,” she said. “It is going to be an awesome atmosphere, and it is the celebration of your town. You may not live here right now, but you graduated from Washington so you are a piece of Washington history. It is just great to celebrate this town because it has become so progressive and it is a great place to live.”
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. family fun games will be held in the park. The free events will include croquet; pandelerium drums; bouncy house; a parachute complements of the Washington High School Class of 1969; an obstacle course; walking poles; hopscotch, shuffleboard; sidewalk chalk; bag toss; ladder golf; and several booths. The Optimists will hold a Frisbee golf tournament. Other activities include geocaching and sand volleyball. At 10:30 a.m. there will be an egg and spoon race. A potato sack race will be held at 11 a.m. The three-legged race begins at 11:30 a.m.
A family picnic will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in an area west of New Dawn. A free swim is offered at the Washington Steele Family Aquatic Center.
At 5:30 p.m. the Washington
Demons varsity baseball team will dress in replica 1972 uniforms as they take on Keokuk at the Dick Sojka Memorial Field.
The Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra will present an outdoor concert at 8:15 p.m. at the Washington County Fairgrounds Grandstand. The concert will feature soprano soloist, Priscilla Marlar Lalaga singing a special rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner,” which will be celebrating its own 200th birthday this coming fall. The concert will include many familiar light classic and popular pieces under the direction of conductor Robert McConnell and will conclude with a spectacular show of fireworks. This event will be free and open to the public.
Fireworks will be held at 9:30 p.m. at the fairgrounds.