When the organizing committee for Springfield Days gathers each year, members share a common theme when it comes to their town’s annual celebration.
“We’re here to showcase our community and have fun,” said Keith Hentzen, one of the committee members. “We never want to lose sight that we should be having fun. That’s our mission.”
Springfield Days, set for June 7-8, has provided plenty of fun for people of all ages for many years. There’s fireworks, a parade, games for the children, a beer garden for the adults and the famous duck races.
“Every year, we solidify what people come to expect and that’s a small town party,” Hentzen said.
The party begins June 7 with a free family dance and karaoke from 5:30 to 8:45 p.m. at the Springfield Community Building, 104 Main St. A hot dog dinner is available for $5. Following the dance, there will be a free outdoor movie, “Lego Movie 2,” at the Springfield Memorial Library, 665 Main St.
Saturday kicks off with a pancake feed at Springfield United Methodist Church, 480 Main St. Events begin at 10 a.m. with the kiddie parade down Main Street. The parade is open to children infant through sixth grade and prizes will be given for best costumes.
Shoppers can hit the Springfield Community Building from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as numerous vendors will be in place. Boy Scout Troop 711 will be serving a hot dog lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Urban Park, Second and Main streets.
Other events going on throughout the day include children’s games, a dunk tank and wood carvings from Nick Jensen. Jensen will be carving three items with a chainsaw throughout the day and the items will later be auctioned off.
The grand parade begins at 2 p.m. down Main Street. Mayor Bob Roseland, the recipient of the 2018 Heart of Springfield award, will serve as grand marshal. Following the parade will be an ice cream eating contest, Runza eating contest and bubble gum chewing contest at Springfield Drug. There will also be a magic show from Joey Fratelli from 4 to 5 p.m.
At about 4 p.m., the duck race takes place at Second and Main streets. Tickets are available at Robin’s Nest, Trojan Tavern, Springfield Drug, Springfield Memorial Library and Springfield State Bank.
The Beer Garden kicks off at 5 p.m. with On the Fritz taking the stage at 7 p.m. for the family street dance. There will be fireworks at dusk.
Hentzen said Springfield Days is a yearly event to let the locals, and the out-of-towners, know what Springfield is all about.
“People who live here are proud of this town and they want to go to a big party in Springfield,” he said. “It validates what all of us know that Springfield is a nice community.”
For more event information, visit the Springfield Days Facebook Page @SpringfieldDaysnebras ka.