WELCOME - A few new events have been added to the Welcome Summer Festival this year.
"There's going to be a bean bag tournament uptown, where the street dance is usually at," said Justin Borchardt. "So far, I think we got about 30 teams signed up, and I think they're hoping for about 50. There'll be cash payouts and prizes, so I think that'll be fun."
The first bean bag tournament registration starts at 7 p.m. Friday evening, with play beginning at 8 p.m. A second bean bag tournament is being hosted by the Fairmont and Martin County West wrestling team at the softball fields.
Another new event will take place Friday evening with the teen dance.
"That's also being held uptown, and we'll have a DJ for that," Borchardt said. "This year, we looked at getting the youth more activities."
But traditional Welcome Summer Festival favorites also are sticking around, from the Welcome Fire Department's chicken feed kicking the festival off at 5 p.m. Friday, to the medallion hunt, to Saturday's slow-pitch softball tournament and citywide garage sales.
"Another thing we're doing again this year is the goat raffle," Borchardt said. "It was a great success last year. You can buy tickets, put in someone else's name, and if you're afraid someone's put your name in, you can always buy an insurance ticket to make sure you don't end up with it."
Some of Saturday's other activities include inflatable kiddie rides and games, and a free Zumba class at 2:30 p.m.
The big parade begins at 4 p.m., and the classic antique tractor and classic car shows also begin following the parade.
"After the parade, we'll also have an EMS display," Borchardt said. "The fire department will have an escape trailer there, where kids can practice and learn the safe way to escape from a burning building."
Then there is what may become a new tradition for the summer festival: the toilet races.
"What we've got, is we've got the toilets on four-wheels," said Dean Weiss, who is organizing the races. "Then you sit on the pot, and you have two plungers to push. You can't use your legs, it's all arm-power like you're rowing a boat."
Interested participants can sign up Saturday. The races begin at 7 p.m.
"Depending on how many people we have sign up, we could do relays, or just do a sprint," Weiss said. "We've even had a traveling trophy made up to pass from year to year ... We're striving for the future, hoping in future years, people will make their own, and we can award for 'best in show.'"
Saturday evening will wrap up with a street dance played by Decadence Inc. and the drawing for the goat raffle.
Events on Sunday will be focused at the softball fields with the continuation of the slow-pitch softball tournament and the Fairmont/MCW wrestling team bean bag tournament.