SOLDIERS GROVE - The pandemic may have disguised the fact that Soldiers Grove’s beloved event, Dairy Days, hasn’t been happening for the last few years. The truth is that the event’s traditional sponsor, the Soldiers Grove Lions Club, does not have the funds or volunteers to continue to hold the event.
According to Village President Paul Nicholson, the board did not come to agreement at a special board meeting on April 19 about using the Village’s Community Development Corporation’s (CDC) funds to make the first year investment to resurrect or replace the event.
“There was no question that the event probably would not have made the village money in the first year or even broken even,” Nicholson said. “I think we all knew that it would be more in the form of an investment, in an effort not to just let the village tradition die out.”
The Soldiers Grove Village Park had been booked for the event on June 18-19, according to village clerk Kaitlynn Ott. A group of village citizens, including trustees Steve George and Jerry Miller, who both are members of the Big Buck Rod & Gun Club, asked Ott not to cancel the plans already in motion. That group became an informal planning committee that has birthed the events new name, ‘Soldiers Grove Fun Days.’
“We envision it as a day where the community can come together and have fun,” Nicholson explained. “We have vendors signed up to provide food, 14 softball teams so far, and it’s all coming together very nicely.”
The Big Buck Rod & Gun Club, and the Soldiers Grove Fire Department are the official event sponsors.
Planned events for the Fun Day include:
Saturday, June 18
• Sports: softball, volleyball, and bean bag tournaments at 10 a.m.
• Music from the Pat Watters Band will play from 8 to 11p.m.
• Food: Country Gardens. Desperados, possibly North Crawford 4-H Club, and more
• Beverages: served by the Big Buck Rod & Gun Club
• Raffles: there will be 50/50 raffles throughout the day
Sunday, June 19
• Breakfast: starting at 8 a.m.
• Car Show: 8 a.m. registration, and show begins at 9 a.m.• Parade: beginning at 1 p.m.