Summerfest adds new events in EG

EAGLE GROVE – Eagle Grove’s annual festival, Summerfest, will take place on Saturday with free events at Greenwood Park.

The most anticipated events include bath tub races and mud volleyball, said organizer Sarah Jensen.

“Both are really popular,” Jensen said

For the bathtub race, which starts at noon, competitors will race bathtubs equipped with wheels and steering wheels. The teams, made of up of a driver and two pushers, will race to the finish as they navigate through an obstacle course while evading the water balloons being thrown at them.

After the races, the mud volleyball tournament starts at 12:30 p.m. This is the first year for the event.

At the same time another new event begins: the Text Off. Competitors will be split into three age groups.

Each group will be given a phrase and the first person to set their phone down after they finish texting the phrase, with everything spelled correctly, will be the winner.

A historic walk of downtown, hosted by Ron Mohr, begins at 10 a.m.

Mohr will stop at six buildings downtown and talk about the history of each building, including all the businesses that have been in the buildings.

Another attraction, Art in the Park, will offer art projects for kids to enjoy.

“There’s a ton of events for kids and families,” Lisa Knigge, executive director of the Eagle Grove Chamber of Commerce, said. “The whole day is going to be a fun day.”

Also for kids, there will be inflatables and the corn treasure hunt.

For early birds, the day will start off with the Fly Like an Eagle 5k run. Registration is at 7 a.m. The race starts at 120 N. Lucas Ave.

The seventh annual Eagle Run – a poker run – follows the 5k.

Half of the money earned by the poker run will go toward charities, Jensen said.

The Eagle Run starts at Rails Bar & Grill, 220 Railroad Ave.

At 7:30 p.m., Boogie and the Yo Yo’z will perform and there will be a beer garden; the cost is $15.