Waterville Days: Join the fun

Douglas County Fire District 1 volunteers serve spaghetti at their fundraising feed during 2017 Waterville Days. (Empire Press file photo/James Robinson)


By Karen Larsen
Empire Press Correspondent

Several arts and crafts vendors in Pioneer Park display their products during last year’s Waterville Days. (Empire Press file photo/Suzanne Robinson)

Waterville Days, the town’s annual celebration sponsored by the Waterville Main Street Association, will be held in Pioneer Park this weekend.

The festivities will start with the spaghetti feed catered by Douglas County Fire District 1 volunteer firefighters from 5 to 7 p.m. July 6. The feed is the major annual fundraiser for District 1.

Main Street Association members will set up a kids’ decorating station during the spaghetti feed. From 6 to 8 p.m., kids can bring bicycles, go-carts or other modes of transport and get them parade-ready.

On July 7, the park will be filled with interesting activities for all ages.

Thin Air 5K racers will be on the starting line and ready to go at 8 a.m. They will take a course through town, enjoying beautiful wheat country scenery as they go and will finish in the park. Proceeds from the race will benefit Waterville Youth Sports.

The horseshoe tournament will start at 9 a.m. and will continue throughout the day. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

The Antique and Classic Car Show will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the south side of the park.

A quilt show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at United Lutheran Church across the street from the park.

The Kids’ Zone will be open at 9 a.m. and will include a bouncy house, face painting and games. A treasure hunt will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Kids activities are free.

The parade will be held at 11 a.m. along Highway 2, with staging at 9 a.m. at Waterville School.

Live entertainment will be held throughout the day including a performance by the local band Jumpers Flats.

There will be concessions and food including hamburgers by the Waterville Lions Club and pie and ice cream by the Federated Church Guild.

Raffle tickets will be sold at the Main Street Association table.

A variety of vendors will be selling handmade and specialty items throughout the day.

Many Waterville businesses will be open and celebrating the day, so be sure to check out what Main Street has to offer before you leave.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Waterville Library will be holding a grand opening at its new location at 107 W. Locust St. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at noon. The Friends of the Library annual Waterville Days book sale will be held there throughout the day. The North Central Regional Library bookmobile will also be parked in front of the library. Come check out this community resource.

Admission and parking at Waterville Days are free.