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Silt to celebrate HeyDays

Ryan Hoffman

Silt HeyDays is here and organizers see this year’s event as an opportunity to showcase current happenings and what awaits the town in the future, all while paying homage to its history.

The annual event, which features live music, games and fun for both young and old, began Friday night at the Stoney Ridge Pavilion with a performance by Blackout, a tribute-band performing hits by the rock group Scorpions.

With a theme of “forging our future,” this year’s event — aside from offering a fun-filled weekend — will focus on efforts made by the town in recent years.

“As Silt continues to grow, the town has been striving to be proactive and provide amenities that not only encourage further growth, but that also provide its citizens a place to live that they can be proud of and that brings others to our town to enjoy,” organizers said in a release.

With a theme of “forging our future,” this year’s event — aside from offering a fun-filled weekend — will focus on efforts made by the town in recent years.

Some of that current work includes the ongoing beautification of Main Street, stadium lighting that will soon be installed at the Stoney Ridge baseball field, a revamped river park and the recently opened Interstate 70 pedestrian underpass trail, as well as other new developments and projects.

Saturday’s festivities gear up early with a pancake breakfast starting at 7 a.m. in Stoney Ridge Park. The Leonard Curry Trio will perform a blend of bluegrass, folk and more leading up to annual parade at 10 a.m.

The parade at last year’s HeyDays, which also served as Silt’s centennial celebration, drew hundreds of people, and led others to remark at the sizable crowds lining the streets, said Peggy Swank, a member of the Silt HeyDays committee.

This parade starts at Cactus Valley Elementary School and heads east on Grand Avenue to Ninth Street, where the route turns north and makes its way to Stoney Ridge Park, located at 648 N. Seventh St.

Games, music and activities continue throughout the day both in Stoney Ridge and the Silt Historical Park, located at 707 Orchard Ave. Along with the horseshoe tournament earlier in the day, a corn hole tournament was added to the day’s activities. There is a $5 entry fee and the winner will take home a brand new corn hole set. Second and third place will bring home cash prizes, and a portion of the entry proceeds will benefit the Silt Historical Society.

Diamond Empire Band will close out the day with some country rock starting at 6 p.m. at the Stoney Ridge Pavilion. The concert is free.

Sunday starts at a faster pace — at least for some — with the seventh-annual HeyDay Hobble 5K race at 8 a.m. The race starts and ends at the Silt Historical Park.

The eighth-annual Silt Heyday Car Show runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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