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Forreston hosts annual Sauerkraut Days Aug. 2-4

Evan Boettner, 11, of Forreston, munches his way through a piece of watermelon during the kids eating contest last year during Forreston Sauerkraut Days. Photo by Earleen Hinton
Evan Boettner, 11, of Forreston, munches his way through a piece of watermelon during the kids eating contest last year during Forreston Sauerkraut Days. Photo by Earleen Hinton

The Forreston community welcomes visitors and residents alike this weekend to its annual Sauerkraut Days celebration.

“The weekend festivities are a combined effort of the Hometown Days Committee and the American Legion Families,” said committee member Jane Koeller. “The combined effort guarantees a fun weekend for all.”

The weekend kicks off on Friday, Aug. 2 with a beer garden opening at 6 p.m. and DJ Tyler providing the music until 11 p.m.

The second annual Kraut Kids 1 Mile Fun Run starts at 6:30 p.m. and the 5K Fun Run/Walk is at 7:30. Both races will start and end at Memorial Park.

Registration forms for the races can be picked up at Green’s Motors or Koeller Forreston Hardware.

Bingo is back this year and the fun begins at 6 p.m.

Capping off Friday night is a Movie in the Park. This year “Legos 2” will be shown on a huge inflatable screen on the east side of the grade school.

Saturday, Aug. 3 starts bright and early at 7 a.m. with Sunrise Yoga at Warnken Park.

The 3 on 3 Drew Crase Memorial Basketball tournament starts at 8 a.m. at the outdoor basketball courts at the high school.

Registration forms and more information can be found at 3on3forrestonhd.com.

Saturday is filled with a lot of favorite activities — the American Legion Car Show, bingo, Craft and Vendor Fair, Faith Lutheran Bake Sale, Co-ed Softball Tournament, Lions Cheese Sales, Sauerkraut Lunch, and the Lion’s Pork Chop Dinner.

The Forreston Firemen’s Association will sponsor water fights. The fun starts at 10 a.m. for the kids and noon for area firefighters.

Face painting is planned from 1 to 4 p.m., and the Lion’s Pork Chop Dinner will start at 4 p.m. at Memorial Park.

JJ & BO will be on the stage in the beer garden from 4 to 7 p.m. Back Country Roads will take over at 8 p.m. in the beer garden.

Also at 8 p.m. is a new event for the kids — Kids After Dark at the grade school.

Finally, on Sunday a Community Breakfast will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. at the fire station, and the Community Church Service is at 9:30 a.m. at Memorial Park.

The Lion’s Club is sponsoring a blood drive from 8 to 11 a.m.

The final event for the weekend is the parade. The theme is Small Town, Big Pride.

The parade steps off at 1 p.m. and will travel from the high school to the grade school.

Go https://www.facebook.com/forrestonhometowndays/.