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Summer classic begins May 31

May 24, 2018
The annual Ridiculous Day parade will again this year be part of Summer Classic, which kicks off next Thursday with Ag Day.

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


Summer Classic 2018, the Washington Chamber of Commerce’s annual early summer event, is scheduled to kick off Thursday and include two parades, family games and entertainment, food and concerts at the Washington Airport.

Alisha Davis, Washington Chamber of Commerce event director promises plenty of events for the whole family going on this year. Summer Classic, which is entering its fifth year, is an extension of the 175th Anniversary Celebration held in 2013. It includes four days of events to kick off summer and each day has its own theme to highlight things in the Washington Community.

Events start with AG Day on Thursday, May 31, which will include the tractor parade through Washington. There also will be a display of agriculture equipment on the square. Family Day will be held on Friday of the week. The YMCA of Washington County will have many events and the Joy of Music would have a singalong. There will be a picnic in the park. A bounce house will be featured. In the evening, Main Street Washington will have a shrimp boil and music on the bandstand. The first movie in the park of the year will follow, which is “The Princess and the Frog.” The 71st running of Ridiculous Day will be held Saturday, and will include a parade and many special deals at local retailers. During the 175th Anniversary celebration, the Saturday evening concerts had been moved from Central Park to a hangar at the airport due to inclement weather. It has been held at the airport ever since with a new name — Flight line Live! The event is returning this year. There will be a photo booth at Washington State Bank. Five class reunions will be held during that day and will be featured at Flight line Line. Local historian Mike Zahs is hosting a tour of Washington for the reunions. Bands at the airport have been scheduled. At 6 p.m. James Crossroads of Washington plays music from all genres. Matt Greiner will be featured on guitar, Joe Nichols on bass, Heather Greiner on vocals and Kelsey Allendes on violin. At 7:45 p.m. Brass Pear, an Eastern Iowa rock band specializing in 70s and 80s music, takes the stage. From 9:30 p.m. to Midnight Brushville, a Chicago, Illinois-based country rock band, will perform. Like last year, at 10:30 p.m. there will be a special 15 minute set from local rapper Matt Bump aka A$THMATTIC. Latino Night also will continue this year on Sunday of Summer Classic week. Latino food, vendors and activities will be held in Central Park.

The schedule of events includes —


AG Day: Thursday, May 31

9 a.m. Modern AG Day Display

3-4 p.m. Staging antique tractors at the fairground

4 p.m. Kiddie Tractor Pull

4-6 p.m. Antique Tractor Parade: Fairgrounds to retirement communities and ends downtown at about 6 p.m.

5-7 p.m. Little Hands on the Farm

5-7 p.m. Seed Swap

5 p.m. Free Tree Sapling give away

5 p.m. Commodity food booths

5:15-7:30 p.m. Mike Whittaker featuring singer/songwriter Bree Nelson and Katie Schneider

8 p.m. Washington Municipal Band


Family Day: Friday, June

9 a.m.-noon YMCA Play Time with children’s activities

9 a.m.-noon iTech Bounce House

10-10:30 a.m. The Joy of Music Sing-a-long with Elisabeth Tinnes

11 a.m.-1 p.m. ReadMob on the square

11 a.m. UP Home “With Movement There’s Improvement” Fun walk on UP Home walking path.

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Picnic in the park: food vendors open

1-5 p.m. Free swim at aquatic center

1-9 p.m. iTech Bounce House

4-8 p.m. Food vendors

5-8 p.m. Main Street Mardi Gras 10 year anniversary and Shrimp Boil: Beer tent or BYOB Bring lawn chairs

4:45-5:45 p.m. Live music from Catfish Keith

6-7 p.m. Live music from James Mons and his Not-So-Little Monsters

7:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m. Live Music from Forro Fo Sho

8:30 p.m. Movie on Main Street featuring the Princess and the Frog.


Ridiculous Day: Saturday, June 2

9am-4pm: Washington County History Tour with Mike Zahs, includes showing of Saving Brinton. Register at the Washington Chamber, $50. 653-3272.

9am-3pm: Washington Area Amateur Radio Club Information & Activity Booth

9 a.m.: Businesses open with Ridiculous Bargains & Sidewalk Sales

9 a.m.: Ridiculous Book Sale at the Library

9:30 a.m.: Registration at Dodici’s for Ridiculous Superhero & Princess Contest (participants invited to join parade)

10 a.m.: Showing of Saving Brinton at State Theater (Tickets available at Theater in advance or day of)

10 a.m.: Optimist Club Bike Auction Bikes displayed at 8 a.m.

10am-1pm: Photo Booth provided by Washington State Bank

10 a.m.: Ridiculous Princess Contest

10:30 a.m.: Ridiculous Superhero Contest

11:30 a.m. Lunch Begins. Enjoy Food Vendors!


2 p.m.: RIDICULOUS DAY PARADE! Parade Lineup at noon.

Look for Free BOMB POPS on the Square


Flight line Live: Saturday, June 2

Concert event at the Washington Airport

Tickets: $5 in advance, $8 at the gate

Advance Tickets Available at the Chamber and Federation Bank

Budweiser products in beverage tent. sponsored by Greiner Buildings


5 p.m.: Fareway Food court will be grilling your favorites. Doors open.

6 p.m.: James Crossroads, Multigenre

7:45 p.m.: Brass Pear, 70s & 80s Rock

9-9:15: Matt Bump, local rapper

9:30 p.m.-Midnight: Brushville, Country Rock

10pm-Midnight: El Gringo Loco Taco Truck

Rain or Shine Event — Lawn Chairs Welcome


Latino Festival: Sunday, June 3

7-11am: Fly In Breakfast at Airport

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: St. James Bilingual English/

Spanish Mass

12:30-6pm: Latino Food Vendors, Educational

Booths, Kids Activities, Free Face Painting &

Bounce House

12:40-1pm: Concurso de Traje Tipico/

Regalia Contest

1-4pm: Washington Military Museum Open

1-1:30 p.m.: Danza San Judas

1:30-1:45 p.m.: Friends of Immigrants Volunteer

Leadership Award Recognition Ceremony

1:45-2pm: Corn Eating Contest

2-3pm: Son Peruchos fusion of Andean & South

American folk music

2-3pm: Piñatas for Kids

3-4pm: Brazilian Moves presenting a variety of

dances and interactive Samba lessons

4-4:45 p.m.: Clown Churrumais (for kids and adults)

4:45-5:15 p.m.: Corazon Latino (Ballet Folkloric)

5:30-6:30 p.m. Salsa music and instructor

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