By Starrla Cray
WAVERLY, MN The Fourth of July may be over, but in Waverly, the party’s just getting started.
Waverly Daze fireworks will be shot off near the lake at 10:15 p.m. Friday, July 12 by Waverly Lions Club member Pat Borrell, who is a licensed pyrotechnician.
That evening, visitors can also enjoy live music by Blurred Vision, a tractor show (setup at noon), and recreational youth ball games.
Activities pick up again bright and early Saturday morning, with fishing contest registration at 7 a.m. The contest will end at noon, with payouts given to participants with the top three heaviest fish in each of the four categories: walleye, northern, bass, and panfish.
Another Saturday morning competition will be the cannonball 5k/10k run, starting at 8 a.m. at Waterfront Park. Immediately following the adult race will be a children’s half-mile fun run.
Volleyball and softball tournaments will begin at 9 a.m., and the bean bag toss tournament will take place at 9:30 a.m. This year, the bean bag toss will have a competitive division and a recreational division, with space for 32 teams in each.
For those who’d rather toss horseshoes, a horseshoe tournament is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Legion Memorial Park horseshoe pits.
A relaxed form of competition Knights of Columbus bingo will take place at Legion Memorial Park from 2 to 5 p.m.
Start your engines
Tractor-enthusiasts will be in for a treat, with a tractor show at Railroad Park throughout the weekend, as well as a Northland Oliver tractor ride from 8:30 to noon Saturday.
After the tractor ride, there will be a Northland Oliver man pull, followed by a garden tractor pull.
Other Saturday attractions include Waverly’s farmers market at Railroad Park from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., a children’s parade at the Waverly city offices at 11:30 a.m.; and St. Mary’s Catholic Church Mass at 5 p.m.
New this year to Waverly Daze is the Greg Michaels Band, performing from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Featuring Greg Michaels, Mike May, Randy Utecht, and Daniel Gerdin, the band plays modern country hits and more.
A royal Sunday
The final day of Waverly Daze begins with a pancake breakfast at KC Hall from 7 to 11 a.m.; and Masses at St. Mary’s at 8 and 10:30 a.m.
In addition, the volleyball tournament gets underway at 9 a.m. that morning.
At noon, four young women will vie for the opportunity to represent Waverly, including Shaniah Karels, Samantha Bullert, Corrina Kust, and Kendra Klima. Coronation will take place at St. Mary’s Fellowship Hall, and there is no charge for attendees.
At 1:30 p.m., after the new royalty are crowned, the parade and tractor parade will begin. The route will mainly include Elm Avenue, Third Street North, and Maple Avenue.
After the parade will be the second-annual fireman waterball battle, a softball tournament, and entertainment by the Wagon Wheelers. In addition, the Knights of Columbus pork chop dinner at Legion Memorial Park will be served until 7 p.m.
Waverly Daze is made possible 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.
Each organization receives a portion of the proceeds from the event, which benefit projects within the community. For this reason, carry-on food and beverages are not allowed, and organizers encourage attendees to purchase snacks, drinks, and meals from Waverly Daze vendors.