ON THE RUN: About 30 people braved Saturday morning’s heat and took part in the Waverly Community Run. This group of 5K runners, including the dinosaur, clear the start and make their way around the Camp Creek Threshers’ grounds. There was also a 1 mile walk. (Staff Photo by Lisa Brichacek)

WAVERLY – Several activities got Waverlyfest underway last weekend, but the bulk of the community celebration happens Wednesday and Thursday.

Activities on the Fourth of July get started with the pancake feed sponsored by the Waverly Area Kiwanis and United Methodist Men at the First United Methodist Church. They will serve from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

The Waverly Kiwanis Kid’s Parade marches in front of the Waverly Care Center at 8:30 a.m.

The big, annual Fourth of July Parade, sponsored by the Waverly Chamber of Commerce, starts at 11 a.m. by Waverly Intermediate School. This year’s parade theme is “Making a Splash” and the grand marshals are he Pool Committee from the Greater Waverly Area Foundation Fund.

Following the parade, there will be food, games and entertainment at several locations. Peach Lutheran Church and Bethlehem Covenant Church all have activities planned.

The Waverly Community Library will have its annual spelling bee at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church.

At 3 p.m., Horizon Bank is sponsoring a coin dive at the Waverly Pool.

The Waverly Chamber of Commerce will again paint the sky with a fireworks display at dusk at Lawson Park.

The Waverly Community Foundation contributed to Waverlyfest in a big way with its annual street dance on Wednesday evening and then by helping with the set up that followed.

Lemon Fresh Day was the band on stage at the beer garden at Waverly Plaza.

Waverly Community Foundation Member Bryce Erickson said the street dance always draws a big crowd, but when the last note is played there is still plenty of work that has to be done.

Not only do Foundation members stick around to tear down the street dance area, they also spend most of the night helping to set up for Thursday’s activities.

Erickson said one of the big tasks is helping to get the street barricades moved into place in the different locations where activities are taking place.

Some members, he added, finally get a few hours of sleep in the morning. For more information about activities, visit the Facebook pages for the Waverly Chamber of Commerce and the Waverly Community Foundation.

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