By Vinde Wells
Polo will roll out the red carpet this weekend for its annual Town & Country Days festival with fireworks, carnival rides, games, and food.
The four-day festival will start with a bang Thursday night with fireworks at dusk on the high school football field.
Festival committee chairman Jon Miller said the festival is a great way to reconnect with old friends and for families to have fun together.
“A lot of people who don’t live here come back every year just to see friends,” he said. “We get a lot of interaction from the community. The kids look forward to it all year.”
Prior to the fireworks, React helicopter will be at Aplington Middle School from 3 to 6 p.m.
Other Thursday events include a 5K run and walk that begins at 6:15 p.m. at the football field with the proceeds going to the Polo Kidz Cafe, a Little Miss & Mr. Contest at 6 p.m., and the Family Feud game at 7 p.m.
Kids Day will highlight Friday from 12 to 5 p.m. with armbands sold at the ticket booth at the carnival at a cost of $20 for unlimited rides. The armbands will also be available for Family Day on Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m.
The Amazing Race begins at 5:45 p.m. in the Bingo Tent with Twilight Bingo at 7 p.m.
County Line Live will perform in the Beer Garden on Friday night starting at 8 p.m.
Saturday activities begin with a pancake breakfast at the Polo Senior Center at 7 a.m.
Kids water fights are scheduled at the fire station at 10 a.m.
The afternoon will feature Sunflower the Clown, face painting and a petting zoo for kids.
A craft show will go on all day.
Lyle Grobe & the Rhythm Ramblers will play from 5 to 7 on Saturday evening at the beer garden, and Dwyer & Micheals will keep the entertainment going starting at 8 p.m.
Besides Family Day on Sunday, the Grand Parade begins at 12:30 p.m.
A new event — Pedal Tractor Races for those 12 and younger — begins at 2 p.m.
Miller said an old favorite event, Porta Potty Races, will return to the festival line-up this year on Sunday at 3 p.m.
For a complete listing of festival events can be found at www.polodays.org.