By Ivan Raconteur
WATERTOWN, MN Fun for all ages will be on track when Rails to Trails rolls into Watertown, with most events taking place Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20.
There will be music, food, and activities both days.
One of the features this year is the historical society exhibit and play: “Watertown: A River Runs Through It” will take place at the community center.
The free exhibit and performance will feature scenes spotlighting the life of Isaac Lewis, founder of Watertown. Participants will be able to get photos with Isaac Lewis and listen to live music composed during the 1800s.
There will also be a silent auction and free refreshments.
Golden Spike contest
The Golden Spike treasure hunt is an annual event. Clues are available on the Herald Journal website (www.herald-journal.com) every morning starting today.
The Golden Spike is hidden on public property. The person who finds it should take it to city hall between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. After the Golden Spike has been verified, the winner will receive $300 in Caleb’s Cash, which is redeemable at participating Watertown Area Chamber of Commerce businesses.
Many Rails to Trails events start Friday, July 19. The Gary Burke Memorial Golf Tournament at Pioneer Creek Golf Course will begin with registration at noon, and a shotgun start at 1 p.m.
Downtown events include a historical society exhibit and play: “Watertown: A River Runs Through It” at the community center from 1 to 7 p.m.
Waterball registration begins at 4 p.m.
A music mix featuring My Global DJ will run from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
The waterball contest and dunk tank will take place from 5 to 8 p.m., and the food court jamborree and kids fun zone will run from 5 p.m. to close.
There will be a duck race at 7 p.m. and a toilet bowl race at 7:30 p.m.
Bingo is scheduled at the community center from 7 to 9 p.m.
Grocery giveaway drawings will take place between 8 and 10 p.m.
A downtown street dance with the Basement Band from 8 to 11:30 p.m. will round out the day’s activities.
A super Saturday
The Luce Line bridge will be the site of a 5k fun run and walk from 8 to 9 a.m. Saturday.
Registration for the adult race costs $20, and registration for the kids race is $12. Registration forms are available by following the Rails to Trails link on the Herald Joural website. More information is available by calling Gina Phearman (612) 201-9399.
The car show will take place at the lot behind D’Vinci’s reatauant from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Registrations for the car show are due by Wednesday, July 17, and are available by following the Rails to Trails link on the Herald Journal website. More information is available by calling Darwin Roy (612) 483-2240.
The grand parade will start at 11 a.m.
The food court jamboree will be open from 11 a.m. to close.
From noon to 4 p.m. there will be DJ music with Chopper, on the band stage, and the historical exhibit and play will take place at the community center.
The kids fun zone will be open from noon to 10 p.m., and there will be horse and trolley rides from 1 to 3 p.m.
The dunk tank will run from 2 to 6 p.m.
There will be a magic show on the band stage at 4 p.m., and a local singer/songwriter showcase from 5 to 7 p.m.
There will be bingo from 7 to 9 p.m. at the community center.
A music mix is scheduled from 7 to 10 p.m., and there will be fireworks at dusk.
To learn more about Rails to Trails, contact Watertown City Hall at (952) 955-2535.