WAVERLY – The schedule for this year’s Waverlyfest again promises a variety of activities for all ages.
The theme for this year’s Wavesrlyfest is “Making a Splash in 2019” and activities get underway this weekend.
The Waverly Area Community Run kicks things off Saturday morning.
Run Chairman Damon Hummel said pre-registrations were due by last Friday to guarantee a T-Shirt. However, people may also register up until the day of the race. As of last week, about 30 people were registered for the walk or run course that will be set up at the at the Camp Creek Thresher showgrounds.
Gates open at 7 a.m., with the 5K run starting at 8 p.m., with the 1 mile walk to follow.
The walk/run is sponsored by the Waverly Community Foundation. Hummel said the event started nine years ago. But, it did not take place last year.
Since its inception, the event has been a fundraiser for the community’s parks and recreation facilities. Hummel said in the last several years the community library was added into the mix as well and proceeds are now split 50-50.
Hummel added that runners and walkers of all skill levels are invited to take part.
For more information or to register, visit “Waverly Area Community Run - Camp Creek 5K” on Facebook.
The Waverly Community Foundation will also sponsor a new event this year on the Waverlyfest schedule. A six-on-six sand volleyball tournament gets underway at 10 a.m. at Jaycee Park on Saturday.
Tournament Chairman Josh Penas said there have been volleyball tournaments in the community previously, but the thought was to make it a part of the town’s celebration this year.
Registrations for the tournament were being taken through Monday. Penas said knowing in advance who is coming helps to set up the schedule. But, he said a team that signed up late would not be turned away.
A good turnout is expected. Penas said there are local teams as well as several teams from Lincoln signed up.
More information and sign up is available on the Waverly Community Foundation Facebook page.
Prizes will be handed out about 5 p.m.
Waverlyfest activities then take a break for a few days and return in full force on the evening of Wednesday, July 3 with the beer garden and street dance.
Bryce Erickson, who volunteers with both the Waverly Community Foundation and the Waverly Chamber of Commerce, said the street dance always gets a huge crowd.
The beer garden opens at 8 p.m. and music starts to play a 9 p.m. At 9:30 p.m., Lemon Fresh Day will take the stage. This event at the Waverly Plaza is sponsored by the Waverly Community Foundation.
Activities on the Fourth of July get started at 7 a.m. with the pancake feed sponsored by the Waverly Area Kiwanis and United Methodist Men. This will be held until 9:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church.
Erickson said one of the little gems of the day gets underway at 8:30 a.m. at the Waverly Care Center. Sponsored by the Waverly Area Kiwanis, the Kid’s Parade shows off a lot of patriotic bride as area youth decorate their modes of transportation and ride down the street.
The Fourth of July Parade, sponsored by the Waverly Chamber of Commerce, steps off at 11 a.m. by Waverly Intermediate School.
This year’s parade entries are asked to go along with the theme “Making a Splash.”
The grand marshals for the parade will be the Pool Committee from the Greater Waverly Area Foundation Fund. Erickson said the Chamber felt it was appropriate to recognize the group that is helping to plan for a new aquatic center in town.
Following the parade, there will be several food options to choose from. Peach Lutheran Church will be serving up grilled food, as well as music and games. First United Methodist Church will have hot dogs and ice cream ready. Bethlehem Covenant Church will have hot dogs, but will have live music too at Sharp Park.
The Waverly Community Library will be sponsoring a
spelling bee 2 p.m. This will take place at the First United Methodist Church.
A 3 p.m., there will be a money dive at the Waverly Pool. This event is sponsored by Horizon Bank.
Erickson said coins will be tossed into the pool. Area youth will then dive in to gather their treasures.
This is an annual event for Waverlyfest and the one last year that really brought to light one of the issues at the existing pool.
“Last year, not all kids could take part because the pool hit capacity,” he said.
Parents were asked to stand outside of the fence, but there was still not enough room to get in all of the kids, he added.
As usual, Waverlyfest will be capped off with a sky filled with fireworks. The fireworks display sponsored by the Waverly Chamber of Commerce will take place at dusk over Lawson Park.