Hayfield Hey Days a big attraction

Published 10:13 am Thursday, July 21, 2011

A mud bog at Hayfield Hey Days returns for another year of action this weekend. The event will be Saturday, July 23. -- Photo provided


Get ready for the weekend, because the 24th annual Hayfield Hey Days are here.

Hayfield Hey Days is one of few towns that still has a royalty running going strong every year. This year’s royalty will be in the Parade once again on Sunday, July 24.

One of the more popular area celebrations, Hey Days does several things that keep people coming from near and far, organizers say.

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For one, it features something different every year. Two years ago, they had the Budweiser Clydesdales. Last year, they had a Civil War re-enactment. This year, it’s all about the veterans.

A “Field of Flags” celebration will take place at noon Friday at the Field Crest Care Center on Highway 30. Lana Mindrup, president of the celebration’s committee, said people can dedicate flags in honor of any veteran they choose. At 5 p.m., there will be a 21-gun salute and ceremony.

There’s music all weekend, but Friday, it may be a bit amateur, organizers warn. “The Voice of Hayfield Finale” karaoke contest will come to a close after the final 16 contestants from the ongoing competition compete at 8:30 p.m.

“It should be a very interesting competition,” Mindrup said. “They’re all very good.”

Saturday, Hey Day-ers will get plenty of exercise with softball, volleyball and a 5-kilometer walk/run. However, all the exercise may be overshadowed by the pie-eating relay at 8 p.m. More music will follow on Saturday night, with So Big on stage.

Residents at last year’s Hey Days in Hayfield enjoy a wiffle ball tournament.

But organizers save the tradition for last. Every year, the parade is one of the biggest attractions to Hey Days.

“You get to see how many people come to town and are enjoying that part of it,” Mindrup said, as she is also chairperson for the Hey Day Queen Committee. Mindrup said Hayfield has received a lot of positive feedback on its parade each year.

Another interesting aspect to Hayfield’s parade is a group of kids, 12 to 18, who have overcome some of life’s barriers and formed their own drumline, Sheltered Reality. The group will perform in the parade, as well as have its own show afterward at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

The annual event closes with a fireworks display.

Friday, July 22 Events

8 a.m. … Wiffle Ball Tournament – City Pool
9 a.m. … Flea Market – Main Street Parking Lot
10 a.m. … Viking Pride 4 Person Big Cup Golf   Tournament – Oaks Country Club
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. … Quilt Show – Sacred Heart Catholic Church
12 p.m. … FIELD OF FLAGS – Field Crest Care Center, Hwy 30
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. … Fun Inflatables
6:30 p.m. … Bingo – American Legion
7:30 p.m. … Miss Hey Days Scholarship Pageant – Veterans Memorial Park
9 to 11:30 p.m. … Teen Dance – Hayfield Fire Hall/Miner Electric Parking Lot – Zealous Entertainment Live
8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. … On Stage – “The VOICE of Hayfield Finale” (18+ Only, Wristband Required)

Saturday, July 23 Events

8 a.m. … 5k Family Walk/Run – City Park
8 a.m. … Softball Tournament – City Pool
8 a.m. … Volleyball Tournament – City Park
9 a.m. … Flea Market – Main Street Parking Lot
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. … Quilt Show - Sacred Heart Catholic Church
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. … Antique Tractor Show – Main Street West
11:30 a.m. … Princess Party (Ages 2+) – Memorial Park – Free Will Donation
12 to 7 p.m. … Fun Inflatables
1 p.m. … Kids Safety Display – 1st Ave. SW
1 p.m. … Mud Boggs (Wristband required for Spectators)
2 p.m. … Kids Pedal Pulls – Old Fire Hall
2 to 5 p.m. … Old Time Music by Larry J – American Legion
3:30 p.m. … Bean Bag Tournament – Arena
5 to 7 p.m. … Jaguar Comm. Dinner
6:30 p.m. … Bingo – American Legion
8:00 p.m. … Pie Eating Charitable Relay – Arena
8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. … On Stage – SO BIG (21+ Only – Wristband required)

Sunday, July 24 Events

8 a.m. .. Softball/Volleyball Tournaments Continue
9 a.m. … Flea Market – Main Street Parking Lot
9 a.m. … Cruisers Car Show – Main Street / Memorial Park
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. … FIELD OF FLAGS
11 a.m. … Community Worship Service, Memorial Park, Main Street
12 p.m. … Dinner Catered by Uncle Monys following worship
3 to 5 p.m. … Fun Inflatables
3:30 p.m. … Sheltered Reality Drumline – Arena
3 to 7 p.m. … Music by Larry J – American Legion
3:30 to 7:30 p.m. … Highway 30 Karoke at Marv’s Bar & Grill
At Dusk (About 9:30 p.m.) FIREWORKS – Hayfield School Parking Lot