Come on out to Royalton’s Platte River Day

By Terry Lehrke, News Editor

Platte River Day, like life, is like a box of chocolates according to the Royalton Red Hat “Bon Bons.” The Red Hat float featured its message at the 2014 Platte River Day parade with little surprises as the chocolates would open and a Red Hatter would pop out and wave to the crowd. Pictured above is Sue Oelrich doing just that.
Platte River Day, like life, is like a box of chocolates according to the Royalton Red Hat “Bon Bons.” The Red Hat float featured its message at the 2014 Platte River Day parade with little surprises as the chocolates would open and a Red Hatter would pop out and wave to the crowd. Pictured above is Sue Oelrich doing just that.

For 21 years, the city of Royalton has invited everyone to enjoy the fun and games at the annual Platte River Day, sponsored by the Royalton Lions Club. Held the first Saturday in August, this year it falls on Saturday, Aug. 1.

The day’s events begin with an 8:30 a.m. 5K fun run. Those interested in taking part in the fun run can contact Monica Makela at (320) 584-6493.

Prior to the rest of the day’s activities, a groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m. for the Royalton School District building project. It will be held at the middle and high school football practice field. The ceremony will be finished before the parade winds through town, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

The food court and beer garden open at 11 a.m., featuring a variety of food including cheeseburgers, brats, hot dogs, french fries, mini-doughnuts, ice cream, popcorn and much more.

Silent and live auctions start at noon — both include unique items donated by Lions members and area businesses. Royalton Lions Club members will be passing out lists of items that day.

The city’s museum will be open following the parade so folks can peruse artifacts from Royalton’s long and storied history.

The afternoon is filled with a variety of activities including a petting zoo which opens at (1 p.m.), turtle races (1:30 p.m.), a youth tractor pull (2:30 p.m.), Royalton firefighters’ challenge (3:30 p.m.), an egg toss (6 p.m.), and kids’ games and inflatables all afternoon.

Those with youngsters who need a bit of cooling off can head to Royalton’s Splash Park, which is open from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

New this year, instead of the hot dog eating contest, the Lions have chosen to hold a spaghetti eating contest at 5 p.m. — contestants can sign up at Platte River Day.

Happy hour begins at 5 p.m. and includes food and drink specials. The street dance kicks off at 8 p.m., with live music from area favorite, “Chaser.”

For information about Platte River Day events, contact Russ Gerads at (320) 584-6493.

During the celebration, anyone with questions just needs to find someone wearing a Royalton Lions Club shirt.