At first, Colman’s idea for a summer party might have been a little crazy.
But these days, Looney Days is a chance for a weekend of fun before everyone gets serious and heads back to a school schedule later this month.
“It’s a fantastic event. I know the kids look forward to it along with the adults,” said Emily Voelker, chairman of the committee that organizes the annual event. “We really pride ourselves being able to offer a lot of the free activities for families.”
New this year is a show and shine car show that will take place at the school parking lot after the 10 a.m. parade on Saturday. While there won’t be prizes, it’s a chance for people to see close up the cars that were in the parade or other vehicles that people bring to town, she said.
On Friday, there will be a string art event instead of a dessert bake off that was held in the past. The art event, which costs $20 to participate, is to have fun being creative, Voelker said.
Other events for Looney Days includes a movie at the Rescue Church at 7 p.m. Thursday, and a four-person golf scramble at Sunrise Ridge Golf Course Friday and a live band at Greg’s Place beginning at 9 p.m.
On Saturday, a 5K run begins with signups at 7 a.m. in front of the community center. Other activities include a vendor fair, bake sale and used book sale from 8 a.m. to noon at the community center; a pork feed beginning at 11 a.m. with a children’s carnival and games south of the post office; free swimming; street games at 1 p.m., including a water balloon toss and pop drinking contest; a kiddie tractor pull at 2 p.m., and live music beginning at 9 p.m. at Greg’s Place.
The pork feed is a fundraiser for the Colman Volunteer Fire Department.
The weekend in Colman is often a time for reunions, too, Voelker said. “It’s a good time for everyone to come back.”
A group of women started Looney Days in the mid-1980s because they wanted a community celebration, she said. “They were talking about some of the things they could do. Somebody said, ‘You are looney.’ They said, ‘There you go. We’re going to call it Looney Days.’”