MEAD – Activities for this year’s Mead Days kick off Friday evening and continue through Sunday afternoon.

Mead Days Co-Chair Dalene Selko said festivities would include many old favorites, but a number of new events as well.

These newer events will include a craft area for kids, face painting and a car show. Some of the more traditional events include a beer pong tournament, a pop garden, the Color Fun Run and a four on four sand volleyball tournament.

“The volleyball tournament filled up a month ago. It’s pretty big in Mead,” Selko said.

It will take more than 50 volunteers to make Mead Days happen again this year.

“We just like to see everyone having fun. A lot of volunteers really stepped up to help,” Selko said.

Proceeds earned from the weekend of activities will be divvied up, with 90 percent going back into the community in one form or another. Selko said funds help pay for sports tournaments, park improvements and donations to the schools or fire department.

The remaining 10 percent is used to help fund next year’s Mead Days.

Selko said the best parts of Mead days are seeing everyone enjoying themselves and bringing the community and its people back together.

“Seeing the kids having fun, the people who left come back for it and the fun there for family and friends. Seeing a lot of people just having a great time in our small town,” Selko said.

On Friday, the food stands and beer garden will open at 6 p.m. with live polka music. At 7 p.m., the pop garden and kid’s activities for fifth through ninth graders will begin at the softball field.

At 8 p.m. the beer pong tournament will begin, followed by music by DJ Highroller at 8:30 p.m. A fireworks show will start at 10 p.m. In case of rain date, fireworks will be shot off 10 p.m. Saturday night.

Saturday will start with the 8 a.m. 5 kilometer “Up With the Sun” Color Fun Run. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m.

At 9 a.m., the four on four sand volleyball tournament. The beer garden opens at 10 a.m. and the parade starts at 12:30 p.m.

At 1 p.m., the horseshoe tournament gets underway. Also starting at 1 p.m. is the kids craft area, face painting, Kiddie Tractor Pull, bingo, inflatable attractions, kid’s log rides, a petting zoo and pony rides.

At 2 p.m. is the “craft cutting” silent auction and super hero and princess show.

Saturday evening doesn’t slow down, with a ventriloquist show at 5 p.m., a live auction at 6 p.m. a youth movie double feature at the Mead High School Commons at 6:30 p.m., a Chinese horseshow tournament at 7 p.m. and street dancing from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Sunday will consist of the Mead Days Show N’ Shine Car Show starting 11 a.m. There will also be live music, food stand and beer gardens.

“It’s a good time to let loose and have some fun for all ages. There’s so much going on for everyone,” Selko said.

For questions contact Mead Days coordinators Staci Charles at 402-443-6954 or Selko at 402-450-3393.

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