SILT — The venue has changed, but the same popular, family-friendly events are planned for the 45th annual Silt HeyDay, Friday through Sunday, Aug. 1-3.
Instead of Veterans Park, most activities will be held in Stoney Ridge Park. HeyDay committee financial chair Peggy Swank said the move was made partly because some events are held at Silt Historical Park, which is close to Stoney Ridge Park.
“Our vintage base ball game is played in a field across from the historical park, too,” Swank said. “The town concert Friday night is in Stoney Ridge, and we share several vendors. We’ll miss the trees [in Veterans Park], but we’ll have much more space.”
“45 Years of a Community Coming Together” is the theme for this year’s HeyDay. This year’s parade grand marshals will be the volunteers who prepare and serve senior luncheons in Silt. Swank said next year’s event will celebrate the town of Silt’s Centennial, so relocating this year’s event to Stoney Ridge helps organizers get an idea of how to handle expected larger crowds next year.
A new event this year is the Farm Olympics, scheduled to start around 2 p.m. Saturday, after the vintage base ball game. Swank said she wasn’t sure what events might be included in the Farm Olympics, but they would feature three-person teams and a $10 fee to go to the Silt Historical Park.
The car show is expected to include 50-60 cars on Sunday, she added.
Swank said the HeyDay committee allows nonprofit groups to raise funds, with registration and entry fees used to help pay for the following year’s HeyDay event and support the Silt Historical Park.
According to information from the committee, HeyDay got its name when the first organizers tried to come up with a name and said “Hey, how about...” or “Hey, let’s call it....” Despite the addition of more days to the event, the name has remained HeyDay.
Since there will be a beer booth at the events, alcohol cannot be brought into the park. Signs will be posted in the park: No alcohol, dogs, bicycles, roller blades or skateboards will be allowed.
Booth, parade, Farm Olympics, 5K Hobble and car show entry forms can be picked up at Silt’s Town Hall or visit the townofsilt.org website in the special events tab. There is a nominal fee for a booth space and parade entries are free.
All the free Saturday and Sunday entertainment is provided through donations by area businesses and residents.