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Spring Valley Dam Days this weekend

SPRING VALLEY—The Syverson Pool will be a focal point for this weekend’s Spring Valley Dam Days celebration.

The pool figures into the choice of grand marshals for this Sunday’s Grand Parade. It also reflects the type of outdoor fun celebration goers can expect, though many of the activities will occur on the land of the village’s main street, McKay Avenue--not water.


A Red Cross Blood Drive will capture the giving spirit of celebrants, topping Friday’s line-up from noon-5 p.m. at the Spring Valley Fire Hall. The local ambulance service and First Responders are organizing the drive.

Food stands get in operation at 4 p.m. Friday, then resume at 10 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. They’ll offer the Spring Valley Lions Club’s hamburgers, Sno Valley Riders’ brats and chicken, plus other specialties. Additionally, the old beer garden will be back at the former Ford garage, to be open Friday through Sunday.

Also at 4 p.m. Friday, the annual Dam Days Medallion Hunt opens. The first clue will be posted at Arneson Insurance, with more to come on Saturday at 9 a.m., noon, 3 and 6 p.m., and Sunday at 9 a.m. and noon. The finder should arrive at the Lions club’s stand with the medallion and a Dam Days button, ready to give name, address and Social Security number. The prize of a $100 Spring Valley gift certificate will be awarded at the parade reviewing stand following Sunday’s queen coronation.

A giveaway of five bicycles is set for 5-6 p.m. Friday. Participants will depart from the former Spring Valley Health Care Center building, and the more who walk, run, skip or hop down the local trail will improve their chances to win.

A Garden Tractor Pull swings into action from 6:30-10 p.m. on McKay Avenue.

Music will conclude the evening, including that played by “Radio Drive” at the Iron Horse Saloon from 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., C&C Entertainment by Cory Schmitz at Sneakers Pub and Eatery from 9 p.m.-1 a.m., and by DJs Mitch and Justin at Bill’s Bar.


Kicking off Saturday’s festivities are Community Wide Garage Sales.

At 8 a.m., the second annual Cancer Fundraiser Walk will head out from the former Spring Valley Health Care Center building. Registration for the two- or-four-mile walks starts at 7:30 a.m. Donations of $20 per person or $50 per family are recommended. All walkers will receive free t-shirts.

The Dam Days Craft Fair happens from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the local elementary school. Coffee, donuts, bars and lunch will be offered in the school’s commons. Proceeds will go to the Cardinal Kids’ Club.

The Youth Olympics will be played on Foote/Elementary Field beginning at 9:30 a.m. Registration for the preschool through sixth grade participants opens on-site a half hour earlier. Contact Eric or Kelly Johnson for more information.

Two-mile and 10K versions of the Fun Run will feature registration at 9:30 a.m. and a 10 a.m. start at the corner of First Street and McKay Avenue. Forms are available from Terry Miller, Spring Valley Drug or at the beginning of the run.

Handy Andy Park will be the location for a Pie and Ice Cream Social from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The social will benefit the local middle school/high school band.

Also from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., the Spring Valley Quilters will present a quilt show in the village hall. Vendors, club projects, pieced quilts, drawings, a thrift shop and a quilt raffle are planned. There will be an admission charge.

For more please read the Sept. 18 print version of the Herald.