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Summer Classic starts Thursday

May 29, 2018

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


Again this year, Summer Classic will get off to a strong start on Thursday as agriculture will take center stage and both the roots of food production and the modern practicies will be celebrated.

Ag Day committee chair Jerome Vittetoe said that again this year, the celebration of agriculture will kick off in the square with displays of both antique equipment and modern equipment that is the size of many of the buildings in the area. Again this year the centerpiece of Ag Day will be the antique tractor parade that will leave the Washington County Fairgrounds at 4:30 p.m., do a circle through town passing all the retirement communities before ending up on the square at about 6 p.m.

“There is plenty of stuff to do,” Vittetoe said. “There is always plenty of stuff to do.”

Ag Day is kicking off the four-day event that 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.

During Ag Day of the 175th anniversary celebration, Vittetoe promised to “overwhelm” the square with farm implements. Most people who attended that year would agree he succeeded. The first year he counted 179 tractors. It also marked the first year agricultural implements were displayed in the downtown area. This year he believes about 75 tractors will participate. He said it would depend on the weather, as many farmers are still in their fields harvesting hay.


The schedule of events for Summer Classic 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!






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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