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Edgerton Dutch Festival kicks off with midway

EDGERTON -- Today marks the beginning of the 67th annual Edgerton Dutch Festival, which continues through Sunday. The first and only event on today's schedule, the midway, is one of the most popular attractions for attendees. It will be the place...

EDGERTON -- Today marks the beginning of the 67th annual Edgerton Dutch Festival, which continues through Sunday.

The first and only event on today’s schedule, the midway, is one of the most popular attractions for attendees. It will be the place in town to find amusement park rides, games and traditional food.

“We’re bringing back the midway this year,” said festival chairman Orey Fey. “It has been very popular in the past, and I think it’s something that brings people to town.”

The Midway continues on Friday, and it will be joined by a few other activities to entertain participants.

“Friday night we have the IV Play band playing. Also Friday night we have a car show, and we have the NAPA funny car coming down for display, which I think will be cool for people to see,” Fey said.

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Though most of the festival activities have occurred for years, there is one that has not taken place at any recent gatherings.

“For new events, the only thing we’re adding is an antique tractor show,” said Fey. “It’s not necessarily just antiques, but it’s a new show that we have.”

Among the full slate of activities planned for Saturday is the annual parade. This year’s theme is “Everything 80s.” Following the parade is a bull riding show in the event arena at the city park.

“If you’ve never been to the bull riding, it’s really something to check out. It is great for all ages,” Fey said.

Fey said the Dutch Festival’s long history continues because of the community’s desire to keep it going.

“We have the support of all of the business owners in town,” he said. “The last few years we’ve tried to bring in bigger events, and we’ve been successful. That’s what keeps this going.”

The festival concludes with a community worship service at 7 p.m. Sunday.

“I encourage people to come down to Edgerton, hang out at the park, and have a great time,” Fey said.

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The full schedule of events is as follows:

Thursday 5 to 10 p.m., midway, Mill Street

Friday 3 p.m. to midnight, midway, Mill Street

5 to 7:30 p.m., rib cook-off, City Park

5 to 8 p.m., cruise-in car show, Main Street

5 to 8 p.m., talent show, City Park

5 to 8:30 p.m., ECES food stand, City Park north shelter

8 p.m. to midnight, IV Play concert, City Park

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Saturday 6 to 10 a.m., pancake & sausage breakfast, Emergency Services building

7:30 a.m., Dutch Fun Run, Main Street

8:30 to 9:30 a.m., fishing contest, Dave Hulstein’s pit

8:30 a.m., 14-under softball tournament, City Park

10 a.m., kids’ pedal tractor pull, City Park

10 a.m. to midnight, midway, Mill Street

10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Chairs in Bloom Contest, City Park

11 a.m. to 2 p.m., craft fair, City Park south shelter

11 a.m. to 9 p.m., ECES food stand, City Park north shelter

11:30 a.m., swimming pool contest, City Pool

Noon to 6 p.m., bean bag tournament, City Park south shelter

1 to 4 p.m., open swim, City Pool

1:30 to 3 p.m., fireman water challenge, Main Street

3 to 6 p.m., tractor show, City Park

4 to 5 p.m., sidewalk chalk art contest, Main Street

7 p.m., parade

8:30 p.m., bull riding, City Park Event Arena

10:30 p.m., fireworks, City Park

Sunday 7 p.m., worship service, City Park

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