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Plum City Legion plans 55th Summerfest

Kids and parents fish the rainbow trout in the Spring Pond Park in Plum City, a Summerfest staple. Herald file photo.

PLUM CITY--American Legion Post #365, Plum City, has completed their plans to celebrate the 55th Summer Festival.

This year's event will be held Friday-Sunday, July 19-21. This major area festival is always scheduled on the third full weekend in July.

Friday, the Plum City American Legion Baseball Team meets the Mondovi American Legion Baseball Team for a good old-fashioned baseball game in Legion Park. This will be followed immediately with the start of the 16-Team Softball Tournament, scheduled to run throughout the entire weekend.

Plum City's famous "Classic Car Cruise" is set for 7 p.m. Those in attendance will be able to view over 100+ "High Value Vehicles."

Following the car cruise, everyone is invited to join their friends and neighbors in the Community Shelter at Legion Park for the Friday night entertainment. This year's entertainment is provided by "Music Complete" from Prescott, promising to be a complete family show offering Karaoke, D.J. music including favorite requests, and fun and games for all.

Also in Legion Park on Friday, a "Pie and Ice Cream Social" will begin at 7 p.m, and be available throughout the evening.

The weekend really kicks off with a bang, as a gigantic "Fireworks Display" is set to be released at 10 p.m. sharp on Friday, with a rain date of Sunday.

Saturday begins with a sunrise pancake breakfast held at the Public Safety Building on Maple Avenue, sponsored by the local Emergency Medical Service. Legion Park activities begin as the softball teams take to the field at 9 a.m., and food and beverage stands open for the day. Youth Volleyball is scheduled throughout the day on the football field on North Main Street.

Main Street and Spring Pond Park will provide many activities for area youth and youngsters of all ages beginning at 10 a.m. with Motorized Train Rides and a Bounce Castle. Free registrations for everyone ages 12 and under will be held at Spring Pond Park from 10 a.m.-noon, with the drawings to take place at 3 p.m. Entries must be present at the drawing with their registration ticket to be eligible to win.

Back this year is the Youth Scavenger Hunt. The Youth Fishing Contest and registration begins at 11:30 a.m., when youngsters ages 3-12 have their chance to land one of the big rainbow trout from the historic pond.

At 2 p.m., "The RAD Zoo," a living Reptile and Amphibian Discovery Zoo, will be located in the South Shelter. Activities for the young folks at Spring Pond Park will be followed by Water Fights between several area fire departments.

By this time on Saturday, several clues will have been posted at the American Legion Hall for the Medallion Hunt. This is a chance to earn $75 in Plum City dollars. The hunt officially concludes on Sunday at 3 p.m. The medallion must be turned in by that time.

Following the events at Spring Pond Park, everyone is invited to move down to American Legion Park only a couple blocks away and enjoy a few hours of bingo in the Community Shelter or maybe a good old-fashioned softball game before the evening entertainment begins at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday evening's music and entertainment will be provided by the local favorites, "Midnight Special," a group that has been a big part of the Summer Festival for many years.

A second "Fireworks Display" is scheduled for 10 p.m. Saturday over Legion Park. This will be a completely different show than Friday evening.

Sunday, ball games start at 9 a.m. and continue throughout the day, and run until the final championship game is played.

Sunday should always be a special day, so this year a "Non-Denomination Outdoor Church Service" has been scheduled. This service is under the direction of the Plum City Evangelical Church. It’s set for 10:30 a.m. in the Community Shelter.

The service will be followed immediately by the "Official Flag Disposal Ceremony," which has become an important part of the weekend activities.

Kid's Motorized Train Rides and Bounce Castle, along with other entertaining activities for the youngsters, are set for the day. Sunday at noon, a second Youth Scavenger Hunt (ages 3-12) will be held within the boundaries of Legion Park.

Local artist Nelson Brown will be doing his famous "Caricatures" throughout the afternoon.

Sunday afternoon will be filled with activities as some local talent appears on stage. At 1 p.m., a special "Recognition" program for members of the Plum City/Town of Union Fire Department and the Maiden Rock/Plum City/Stockholm EMS is scheduled. Special recognition will be offered for their dedicated service to the local communities. This will be the public’s chance to view some of their equipment, and meet and shake hands with the many volunteers for the never-ending service they provide.

Following the "Recognition" program, enjoy some "Acoustic Music" by Brad Marx in the Community Shelter.

At 3:30 p.m. Sunday, the popular Paper Plate Drop is scheduled. Plans are set to drop over 300 plates over the American Legion Park Ball Field. All plates have either cash or merchandise value and must be redeemed at once at the pay-out station. Both kids and parents enjoy this event. Participants must not be older than 12.

At 4:30 p.m., head back for bingo in the Community Shelter.

The main drawing will take place at 6:30 p.m., when up to $700 in cash prizes will be awarded plus many merchandise drawings. Cash prizes double if the winner is present. New this year will be several daily random drawings for cash.

A variety of food items are on the menu, including a "Turkey Drumstick," a "Pork Chop On-A-Stick," a "Steak On-A-Stick," "Pizza-By-The-Slice," "Tacos-ln-A-Bag," deep-fried "Ellsworth Cheese Curds," "French Fries," "Chicken Strips," a "Pulled Beef Sandwich," and a "Barbeque Chicken Dinner" on Sunday.

Make plans now to join friends and neighbors, and head to Plum City for a weekend of family fun.