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Summer Classic continues Friday

May 31, 2018
Large pieces of agricultural equipment decorated the Washington Square today as the annual Summer Classic event kicked off with Ag Day. The day continues with an antique tractor parade through towm past the retirement communities, to end on the square. Tonight will also feature the weekly farmers market in Central Park, followed by Thursday Night Live and the first Washington Municipal Band concert.

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


Main Street Washington is holding part of its 10-year anniversary as Friday evening’s Summer Classic event and director Sarah Grunewaldt is hoping people will come out to help the organization celebrate.

As the annual kickoff Washington Chamber of Commerce summer event continues, Main Street will hold a Shrimp Boil in Central Park. Grunewaldt said that fresh shrimp is being brought in from the Iowa Shrimp Farms in Sigourney. She said the menu will consist of shrimp, potatoes, corn and onions in a broth. The event is a fundraiser for Main Street and tickets are available at the Main Street office or from any board member.

“It is going to be a lot of fun,” Grunewaldt said. “It is something that hasn’t been done here in town before. We are going to have great live music on the bandstand during dinner. Its going to be a beautiful warm evening in Washington.”

She said people are allowed to bring their own beer or wine to the event, but it must remain in the park. Additionally, the Chamber will have a beer tent.

Following the event, Main Street will host the first of three Movies on Main Street with the 2009 animated Walt Disney film “The Princess and the Frog.”

Since 2008, Main Street Washington has helped enhance economic growth in the downtown area of Washington. Grunewaldt said since she arrived as director six years ago she has seen a great amount of change to the downtown. She has seen a great amount of investment into the downtown buildings, a low vacancy rate, an increasing number of occupied apartments, and a vibrant square full of activities.

“It is great to be busy,” she said. “Not just with Main Street and the Chamber, but also all the other groups in town that put on events. If you are not busy, you are not looking hard enough to find something to do.”

Summer Classic will continue through the weekend. Events include:

Family Day: Friday, June 1

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 Singalong 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!



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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