Time to get Ridiculous
After a strong revival of the traditional Washington event that almost didn’t happen last year, Ridiculous Day enters its 66th year Saturday and Washington Chamber of Commerce Director Michelle Peiffer promises plenty of fun for all around the square.
After beginning the planning shortly after the first of the year, Peiffer said there are several new events this year. Ideas were taken on what changes could be made. As the event ramped up, meetings were held once a month. This is the second year the chamber has reclaimed the event after Main Street Washington organized it for about four years.
“Dean Kurtz is our chairperson and he is bringing the same level of energy as last year,” Peiffer said.
Last year Kurtz began a grass roots movement to save Ridiculous Day after Main Street announced the event would not be held. With his encouragement, the community stepped up to save the event. He spearheaded many new events that breathed life back into the event.
Peiffer said there is a lot of participation and enthusiasm this year as well. She said this year will be the “big test.” With people more secure with the event, the chamber will judge what the future runnings of the event will look like.
This year seven food vendors have already signed on to be part of the event, where last year there was only two. New events have also been added. This year in addition to the princess contest that was well attended, a ridiculous superhero contest will be held. A duct tape contest is also being held. Peiffer said people can bring in a duct tape creation to compete for prizes.
A new activity called ‘Minute to Win it’ is being held. The all-you-can-eat breakfast has changed. It is now a choice of biscuits and gravy or a yogurt bar. A new old event is the return of the bike-decorating contest.
The annual bike auction by the Washington Optimist Club is continuing this year. Again this year divers in the Central Park fountain will throw out ducks to bystanders. The 400 ducks will contain certificates to area businesses worth from $2 to $20.
A list of events during Ridiculous Day includes:
8 a.m. Most retailers open; All-You-Can-eat breakfast begins
8:30 a.m. Registration for Minute To Win It contest, Superhero, and princess contests begin at Dodici’s
9 a.m. Ridiculous Princess contest begins at Bandstand
9:30 a.m. Ridiculous Superhero Contest begins at bandstand
10 a.m. Bike auction begins
10:30 a.m. Minute to Win It contest begins
11 a.m. lunch begins in Central Park
11:30 a.m. Ducks in the fountain
noon Duct tape contest
12:30 p.m. Bike decorating contest
1 p.m. Parade line-up
2 p.m. Parade around the square.