Mansfield celebrates Playday

Mansfield 4-H Kritters and Kids participate in the Mansfield Playday parade June 9. (Empire Press photo/Adrienne Douke)


By Adrienne Douke
Empire Press Correspondent

The Mansfield Chamber hosted its annual Playday event June 7-10.

The Playday classic car show is held June 9. (Empire Press photo/Adrienne Douke)

Activities began Thursday with the Mansfield Theatricals performing the musical comedy “Nuncrackers,” with repeat performances on Saturday and Sunday. On Friday, Mansfield High School’s graduating seniors were honored at commencement. Saturday brought a full-day of fun including a parade, a car show, a beer garden with live music from the band the Skiffs, food in Blue Stem Park, a bouncy house, coin search and face painting for the youngsters.

Prior to the parade, Mayor Tom Snell announced this year’s Mansfield Award of Merit to Phyllis Massee for her work to preserve the history of the town through its museum. Massee’s daughter, Cathy Massee, accepted the award for her mother as she was unable to attend.

Two generations of the Sternod family came to Mansfield for Playday June 9. They are, Roxanne Sternod, in back, and Jacke Sternod and Tim Sternod, in front. (Empire Press photo/Adrienne Douke)

“Thank you Mansfield Museum and Historical Society. My mother wants you to know that she is very happy to receive this award. My mother felt that it was important that our Mansfield history be preserved, so the next generation will know and understand their rich heritage here. Phyllis was a tireless supporter of the Mansfield Museum and is honored by this recognition for her hard work. She also said she enjoyed working with the Mansfield Museum board members. Thank you.”

The Playday parade was well represented this year with a wide variety of classic cars. Over 30 timeless classics lined Main Street competing for a variety of honors. Dale Mills was named the overall car show winner.

Marlon Lanoye took the prize for the ‘furthest drive’ to get to Mansfield and said, “We’ll be back next year.”

The kids were thrilled with the bouncy house, tossing coins to find those already hidden in wheat, and face painting by Brandi Hoffman Art.

Brandon and Debbie Rigby are the new owners of the Town Bar and Grill in Mansfield. (Empire Press photo/Adrienne Douke)

“I am having a good time painting all these cute faces,” Hoffman said as she painted her nephew Finn Zahn’s face.

The beer garden opened at noon and featured the Skiffs, a jazz-hillbilly band. Members included Mike Bills, and Katie and Darik Peet who played plenty of oldies for everyone’s listening enjoyment.

People from all over Douglas County and beyond came to enjoy this year’s Playday event.

Tim Sternod, his wife Roxanne and his mother Jackie Sternod came up to watch the parade and eat lunch.

“We came for the Playday’s parade and to check out all the great classic cars in the car show. The food is great, and we are having a wonderful time,” Tim Sternod said.

Debbie and Brandon Rigby, the new owners of the Town Bar and Grill, noted that business was good.

“We plan to hire a band next year. We are definitely on a new learning curve. We really like Mansfield and we’re very happy with how things are turning out,” Debbie Rigby said.

The yearly Playday event takes place the second weekend in June. Mansfield Chamber members expressed appreciation to everyone who participated and made the event a success.