By Starrla Cray
WAVERLY, MN The Waverly Daze weekend of July 9 through July 11 promises to bring a wave of excitement to Waverly.
“Friday night is always the family night, so we cater to the younger kids,” Waverly Daze organizer Tim LePage said.
A tractor show at Railroad Park kicks off the weekend, with set-up starting at noon.
Then, at 6:30 p.m., all can enjoy family night summer recreation, with children’s softball games and other fun activities. At about 10:15 p.m., fireworks will light up the sky, and after that, it’s back to more softball.
Friday from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., the Deep Fried Tweeters will be performing a variety of rock songs. The Montrose-based band often plays in Wright County and the surrounding area.
“We’re doing live music all three days,” LePage said.
Saturday night’s entertainment is Blurred Vision, a “hard rockin’ boot stompin’ chicken pickin’ good time band” featuring both male and female vocals, according to the band’s website.
The Wagon Wheelers classic country band will be Sunday’s musical excitement, playing at Waverly’s ballpark after the parade. The Wagon Wheelers have been around for more than 50 years, playing older classic country as well as some modern country, bluegrass, rockabilly, old time rock and roll, waltzes, polkas, Cajun, and gospel.
Contests, shows, games
Music lovers aren’t the only ones who will have plenty to do at Waverly Daze, however.
Anyone who missed the tractor show Friday can check it out Saturday and Sunday, starting at 8 a.m.
“We usually get quite a few older tractors,” LePage said. The garden tractor pull, which is at 1 p.m. Saturday at Railroad Park, is also exciting, he added.
Saturday morning also features a fishing contest, from 8 a.m. to noon. Registration is from 7 to 8 a.m. The first 49 boats to sign up will be allowed on the lake. For more information, contact Huns Vanderlinde at (952) 955-1601.
For those who prefer to stay on land, the Waverly Daze four-mile run (around Waverly Lake) and children’s one-mile run are also options for Saturday morning. Both events start at 9 a.m.
At 9:30 a.m., the adult co-ed softball tournament will begin. Games will continue to be played throughout the weekend.
Another competitive event is the beanbag toss tournament, which will be at the tennis courts in Waverly Legion Park at 10 a.m. Saturday.
“This is the second year,” LePage said. “They just kind of took a shot at it, and it went really well.”
There is a $25 entry fee per team, which includes $4 in food/beverage tickets. Teams consist of two people.
Any proceeds will be donated to the Montrose-Waverly Chamber. For additional information, or to form a team, contact Kent at (763) 658-4417 extension 35, or e-mail email@example.com.
Another team event is the volleyball tournament, which starts at 9 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
Parades and coronation
Parades are also popular during Waverly Daze. The kiddie parade is at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Waverly City Offices. The boat parade is at 3 p.m.
“People decorate their boats and go all around the lake,” LePage said.
Sunday’s parade and tractor parade start at 1 p.m.
At 5 p.m. Saturday, there will be a Catholic Mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 606 Elm Avenue. Those who prefer to attend services Sunday can attend at either 8 or 10:30 a.m.
A delicious pancake breakfast at KC Hall will be served Sunday morning, from 7 to 11 a.m. Adult tickets are $7, children ages 4 to 12 are $4, and ages 3 and under are free.
“There will be food and beverages all weekend long,” LePage said.
A KC pork chop dinner will be at Legion Park following the 1 p.m. parade, until 7 p.m. A meal with one pork chop is $6; a meal with two pork chops is $7; and single pork chops are $2 each.
The Waverly royalty coronation will be at St. Mary’s Fellowship Hall at 3:30 p.m., with a $5 admission. Kylee Fie, Sherry Hoiland, Paige Klug, and Samantha Stuhr will be vying for the titles of Miss Waverly and princess. The 2009-10 Miss Waverly Brittany Hoiland and princess Natalie Borrell will be giving their farewells.
Waverly Daze is sponsored by the City of Waverly, the Waverly Lions Club, the Waverly Knights of Columbus, the Waverly Fire Department, the Waverly Lake Association, the Waverly/Montrose Chamber of Commerce, and the Waverly Boosters Club.
For more information about Waverly Daze, contact LePage at (763) 658-4339.