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Geneva Days 2017

 

By GREG SCELLIN
Signal Editor

After a year hiatus, a Geneva 4th of July celebration is planned for this weekend, and “Geneva Days” will be longer than ever before, as this years’ event will last from this Friday, June 30, until well into the night of Tuesday, July 4.
The celebration begins with a Picnic in the Park this Friday starting at noon.  The meal is provided by the Geneva Senior Center.  All ages are invited to enjoy food, fellowship and live music at the Geneva City Park in the east part of the city, north of the main softball field and northeast of the new aquatic center.  This portion of the city, including the bandstand area and Legion Field, will be the center of this years’ celebration. Sunday, July 2, Monday, July 3, and Tuesday, July 4, are full sun-up to sun-down with events and activities for the whole family.
“My goal is to make this as close to a giant family BBQ as possible,” said Marty Seward, a member of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce.  “I also felt it was important to have all the activities as close as possible to the new swimming pool.”
There will be free swimming at the new Geneva Aquatic Center all-day July 2 through July 4.  Free bouncy houses, sponsored by three local businesses, will be set up in several areas on Sunday, July 2, and Monday, July 3.
A Midwest Barbecue Association (MWBA) sanctioned Rib BBQ Cook-off begins at 8 a.m., this Sunday in the city park. Seward noted that all meat for the competition came from local vendors. He also said, if the minimum number of teams are entered, the cook-off will feature $2,000 in prize money.
“They tell me that’s one of the higher purses that they’ve had,” Seward said.  “I would love to hit 20 teams for the competition.”
A kick-ball tournament begins at 11 a.m. on Sunday, along with an Amazing Race, Jr. Edition. Stop in at All-American Insurance in Geneva or contact Seward at 402-759-1200 by Friday to register a team for the kick-ball tournament.  A Fillmore County Legion Riders Poker Run will begin Sunday morning at the Geneva VFW Club.  See an advertisement on page 12A in this edition for more information.
A smoked chicken lunch will take place in the Beer Garden on Sunday.  Rib judging begins at 4 p.m., with BBQ plates being sold to the public shortly after the juding is completed. A first in Geneva for a summer celebration—a Home Run Derby will take place at Legion Field following the last baseball game there—the Geneva Legion Juniors and Seniors are set to square off against Edgar at 4:30 and 7 p.m.  (The Geneva Seniors host Hebron on Saturday, July 1, at 7 p.m.)
“We want to get started no later than 9 (p.m.),” Seward said.  “I will be walking around with a clipboard all afternoon and evening, so you can just walk up to me and sign-up for the event.”
Contestants will all get a set number of “outs” to see how many baseballs they can crank out over a make-shift fence set at 300-feet.  A pitching machine is slated for use and, with a set number of contestants, top sluggers in the opening round will advance to the finals.
Monday’s activities include an evening dinner served by the Geneva Lions Club and the popular locally-based band, Blinker Fluid, taking the bandstand stage at 8 p.m.  Seward said, the bandstand has new electric service and invites people to enjoy the beer garden and bring a lawn chair and listen to the band play.  He also noted collector cups will be available for purchase, which also include four drink tickets for a special price.  The main entrance point for the band performance will be in front of the Log Cabin.
A pancake feed at the Geneva VFW Hall and a Relay For Live 5K Color Run (walk-ups are welcome) kick things off on Tuesday, July 4.  A 4th of July Parade is slated to begin at 10 a.m., and will follow the usual route from the Fillmore Central High School through main street (G Street).  Pre-registration is needed for the parade—co-chairwomen are Kati Jones and Amber Taylor.  Seward said, he expects the parade will feature many classic cars, which will be later displayed at a Show & Shine at the Diesel Pick-up Shop in Geneva.  A lunch will also be served during the car show and shine.
Tuesday afternoon activities will include a golf tournament at the Hidden Hills Country Club and a free movie at the Rialto II Theatre.  A free-will meal will be served beginning at 6 p.m., in the Ag/Exhibition Hall at the Fillmore County Fairgrounds. Seward said, a Flag Retiring Ceremony is being planned in front of the grandstand at the fairgrounds before the annual Geneva Fire & Rescue Fireworks Show.  Fillmore County Veterans Service Officer Nick Wollenburg will speak at the ceremony.
“We have never had one of these in Geneva,” Seward said.  “We plan on having a fire ring set up in the demo area...we have about 400 flags that need to be retired properly.”