Colman’s Looney Days parade Saturday will take a different route this year.
The parade will start at 10 a.m. in the school parking lot and go north on Loban Street two blocks to NE Second Street, west to Main Street and south two blocks to SE First Street. From there, the parade will go back to the school.
Because of COVID-19, organizers wanted the parade route to be longer this year so those who attend can spread out, avoiding being close together.
The Colman City Council voted to allow the event to be held this year, during a pandemic. Some events are not being held, while others are being scaled back.
Candy will be thrown during the parade, but those who throw it are asked to put fresh gloves on at the start of the parade. Anyone distributing literature or other items directly to people along the route must wear a mask, according to the event’s rules.
Organizers want to remind people to practice safety precautions, including social distancing and good hygiene. People who have any symptoms of being sick are asked to stay home.
“We want to make sure people enjoy the weekend, but also be sure they are being safe and washing their hands regularly,” said Emily Voelker, one of the organizers.
On Friday, Looney Days will kick off with Summer Skip Day, a 3-man scramble at the Sunrise Ridge Golf Course. Outside entertainment will begin at 9 p.m. at Greg’s Place.
On Saturday, runners will gather for an 8 a.m. 5K and an 8:45 a.m. one-mile walk or run starting in front of the community center.
After the parade, beginning at 11 a.m., Colman firefighters will serve a pork loin feed at the station.
For the kids, a free kids tractor pull has signups beginning at 11 a.m. on Main Street across from Greg’s Place, and the pool will be open for free swimming in the afternoon.
At noon, a beanbag tournament will begin at the golf course.
In the evening, outdoor entertainment will begin at 9 p.m. at Greg’s Place.