Royalton invites everyone to enjoy the fun and games at Platte River Day, Saturday, Aug. 5. The event, sponsored by the Royalton Lions Club, is held annually on the first Saturday in August and offers fun from 8:30 a.m. until midnight.
Platte River Day starts with the 11th annual Platte River 5K Run/Walk, which begins at 8:30 a.m. Those interested can contact Leah at (320) 584-5900.
The popular Platte River Day Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. The parade route begins at the Royalton High School and meanders through town ending at Holy Trinity Church.
Russ Gerads, chair of the event for the past four years, said they expect about 70 parade floats.
“It’s a good parade. We enjoy it,” he said.
The food court and beer garden opens at 11 a.m. The Food Court features a variety of food including cheeseburgers, brats, hot dogs, french fries, mini-doughnuts, ice cream, popcorn and much more.
A silent and live auction starts at noon and includes unique items donated by Lions members and area business.
Gerads said all money raised during the event is used by the Royalton Lions to benefit the community.
“Lions use the money raised to invest right back in the community,” he said.
The Lions have used the money to build a shelter at the splash park, put a boat access and dock at Blanchard dam, and a dock at Memorial Park in Royalton.
The school has also benefitted from the event. “We’ve donated time and money to the school to build some of the dugouts and bleachers,” Gerads said.
Also beginning at noon is an open house at the new school facilities. Until 2 p.m., guests are welcome to take a guided tour of the early childhood development center, district office, new gymnasium and fitness center. Refreshments will be served and Royalton’s new superintendent, John Phelps will be on hand to meet the community.
The afternoon is filled with a wide variety of activities including turtle races, a youth tractor pull, the kids games, petting zoo, inflatables and an egg toss.
A macaroni and cheese eating contest, which begins at 5 p.m., should be interesting to watch. Participants do not get utensils — nor can they use their hands — they will have to go face down into the mac and cheese.
Gerads said his favorite event is the turtle racing for the kids.
“It’s just so fun. The kids get to pick their turtle and it’s a race,” he said. “It’s a fun thing the kids enjoy doing. Very simple.”
A grilled chicken dinner special begins at 5:30 p.m.
At 6 p.m., a polka Mass featuring the Waltzateer Band will be held at Holy Trinity Church. Guests are asked to bring their own lawn chair.
The street dance kicks off at 8 p.m. with live music from area favorite, The Gregory James Band.
Gerads and the rest of the Royalton Lions invite everyone to their city to celebrate along with them.