By Starrla Cray
WAVERLY, MN Attractions old and new will set the scene for the 2012 Waverly Daze celebration, Friday through Sunday, July 13-15.
“It’s just a good time,” said John Vanderlinde, who is part of the Waverly Lake Association.
Other entities that make the festival possible include the city of Waverly, Waverly Lions Club, Waverly Knights of Columbus, Waverly Fire Department, Waverly-Montrose Chamber of Commerce, and the Waverly Boosters Club.
“Come out and support all the events that we’re doing for the weekend,” Waverly Lions Club President Dan Graham said. “After expenses, all the money we raise goes back into the community.”
In 2011, the event raised an estimated $4,000 to $5,000, according to Graham.
Fun starts Friday
This year, Waverly Daze kicks off Friday, July 13.
The UnLeaded Band will perform from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., and fireworks will start by the lake at 10:15 p.m., followed by a softball tournament.
Girls’ and boys’ recreational ball games will take place earlier that evening, at 6:30, 7:45, and 9 p.m.
The tractor show will begin Friday (setup at noon) and continue throughout the weekend, starting at 8 a.m.
Tractor lovers will also enjoy Northland Oliver Collectors Association tractor rides at Railroad Park from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, followed by a garden tractor pull at 1 p.m.
Another Saturday morning highlight is the fishing contest, from 8 a.m. to noon.
“Pre-registration is recommended,” Vanderlinde said, adding that participants can also register that morning, starting at 7 a.m. Complimentary donuts, juice, and coffee will be provided.
Cost is $25 per person, and two or more people are required to be in each boat. Per Minnesota Department of Natural Resources regulation, no more than 49 boats are allowed on the lake at one time.
Fishers are given a plastic bag, which they can fill with water to transport fish back to shore. Most participants choose to release their fish after weigh-in.
Payouts are given to fishers with the top three heaviest fish in each of the four categories: walleye, northern, bass, and panfish.
To learn more about the fishing contest, contact Vanderlinde at (612) 759-8284. Registration forms are also available at select local businesses.
Waverly Daze attendees are encouraged to stop by the Waverly Farmers Market at Railroad Park from sunrise to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The market is new this year, and will take place every Saturday until Labor Day weekend.
Another Saturday morning event is the cannonball 5K/10K run, which will start at Legion Memorial Park on the south side of Lake Waverly at 9:30 a.m., immediately followed by a children’s half-mile run.
Medals will be given to the top male and female finisher in each age group (19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60-plus). All children will receive a ribbon.
Registration will be at 8:30 a.m. for adults ($25), and 10 a.m. for children ($10). All adult participants will receive a race T-shirt. For more information, contact Dean Bartosch at (612) 720-3104 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A 9 a.m. volleyball tournament Saturday and Sunday, as well as softball tournaments (10 a.m. Saturday and following the parade Sunday), are other ways to enjoy fresh air and exercise in Waverly.
Beanbags are back
For those who prefer a different form of competition, Waverly’s popular beanbag tournament is back this time with two divisions.
“They ended up with 80-plus teams last year,” Graham said.
This year, space is available at the tennis courts for 32 competitive teams and 64 recreational teams. Trophies and prizes will be awarded for the top three places in each division, as well as consolation prizes.
The double-elimination tournament will start at 9:30 a.m. Cost for each two-person team is $35 for competitive players, and $20 for recreational players.
Saturday will also feature a children’s parade at 11:30 a.m. at the Waverly city offices, a horseshoe tournament at Legion Memorial Park at noon, and Knights of Columbus bingo at Legion Memorial Park from 2 to 5 p.m.
Blurred Vision will provide live music from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Three days to play
Sunday will also be full of Waverly Daze festivities, starting with a pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. at KC Hall.
St. Mary’s Catholic Church Mass will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday, as well as 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday.
Outgoing Waverly royalty will give farewell speeches at St. Mary’s Fellowship Hall at 11:30 a.m.
Sunday’s parade will start at 1 p.m., followed by a firefighter waterball battle at the tennis courts.
As a retired Waverly firefighter, Graham remembers participating in a waterball event about 15 years ago.
“It’s pretty entertaining, really,” he said. “It’s also a lot more difficult than it looks.”
Music at Memorial Legion Park will be provided by the Wagon Wheelers.
A Knights of Columbus pork chop dinner, Waverly Boosters Club ice cream booth, and other food and beverages will be available for purchase throughout the weekend.
To learn more about Waverly Daze, contact Tim LePage at (612) 226-4339 or Kent Houston at (763) 658-4417 ext. 35.