Washington's Summer Classic begins May 30

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Thursday, May 30, is Ag Day at the Washington Summer Classic. Ag-related activities will begin at 3 p.m. and continue into the evening.
GTNS file photo Thursday, May 30, is Ag Day at the Washington Summer Classic. Ag-related activities will begin at 3 p.m. and continue into the evening.

Washington’s favorite way to welcome in summer is with the annual Summer Classic, which kicks off Thursday, May 30, and continues until Sunday, June 2.

The annual Summer Classic is a four-day-long festival that celebrates everything that makes Washington unique and invites people of all ages out for a weekend of fun. Washington Chamber of Commerce Event Coordinator Alisha Davis said each day will have its own theme with the goal of bringing families outside of the house and conversing with people in town and celebrating Washington.

Thursday, May 30, is Ag Day, which will begin at 3 p.m. with antique tractors arriving at the Washington County fairgrounds. At 4 p.m., a tractor parade will take place around the town and conclude at the square where a variety of activities are waiting participants. There will be a kiddie tractor pull as well as a ride and drive for kids who would like to explore what it’s like to ride along. At 5 p.m. there will be food booths, the annual Farmers Market, Thursday night live music will begin and the Washington Municipal Band will round out the evening with a performance at 8 p.m.

Family Day is the theme for Friday, May 31. With students sill in school this year, the chamber has made an effort to make sure activities will be available for kids all day long. Beginning at 10:30 a.m. will be kids yoga in the park, followed by food vendors opening their doors at 11 a.m.

Activities will pick back up at 4 p.m. with bounce houses, face painting and more food vendors. New this year, Hills Bank is sponsoring a scavenger hunt for people of all ages. Participants will get a sheet of paper with nine photos on it and are asked to match the photo with the location of where the item is. Cards are due to the bandstand by 8 p.m. that night.

At 5 p.m., a Touch-a-Truck event will take place which will allow kids to explore police cars, ambulances, construction and other emergency vehicles. At the same time, The Joy of Music will host a sing-along, and the Highland Robotics team will sponsor yard games.

Pony rides will begin at 5:30 and live music provided by the Washington Middle School and Washington High School choirs will begin at 6 p.m. The evening will wrap up with the Movie on Main, The Greatest Showman, at 8:30 p.m.

Davis said she is looking forward to seeing all the community support and hopes the community comes down as well.

“I think it will bring more families down to support that,” she said.

Saturday, June 1, will mark the 72nd annual Ridiculous Day with a start time of 9 a.m. for sales at various shops around the square. Registration for the princess and superhero contest will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Dodici’s with the contest taking place at 10 a.m.

Local historian Mike Zahs will lead a tour of the State Theatre at 9 a.m., and a special showing of the documentary “Saving Brinton” will be shown there at 10 a.m. The day will continue with bounce houses, a bike auction, photo booth, lunch and the ducks in the fountain at 12 p.m.

The parade will be at 1 p.m.

Live music will begin at 5 p.m. for the FlightLine Live concert at the Washington Municipal airport, with food for sale before and after the concert.

The annual Latino Festival will round out the weekend on Sunday, June 2. Breakfast at the airport will start the day with the Latino festival following at 11:30 a.m. with bilingual Mass hosted by St. James in central park. At 12:30, food, music performances, activities as well as contests will take place all afternoon.

Davis said the festival will welcome about 1,000 people before the weekend is over. She said the weekend is unique because it is dedicated to creating a fun, family atmosphere for all ages to enjoy.

“I think it’s really cool because they can see what we’re all about,” she said.