Hammond ready to show its Heart
Hammond residents are getting ready for a weekend of fun. Heartland Days begins today and goes through Sunday.
Throughout the weekend there will be food stands and a beer garden.
Area garage sales start on Thursday and continue through Friday. Maps are available at the Hammond Bank, Amoco and the Village Hall.
New to Thursday's festivities is a Carnival at the Library from 4-8 p.m. There will be a clown, face painting, a water balloon throw, Henna painting, digging for bones and lots more. For sale will be hot dogs, chips and pop.
Other events tonight include a free appreciation dinner sponsored by Associated Bank at 5 p.m., a pie and ice cream social at 5:30 and performances by the SCC Pep Band and Bifocal Band. This is the Bifocal Band's debut performance.
At 6:30, the Wisconsin State Kids' Pedal tractor pull will wail off, as well as the ever popular baby show.
The pageant to crown this year's Miss Hammond starts at 7 in the Middle School. Nine girls have spent months preparing for the competition.
Music by Trigger Happy closes out Thursday's festivities.
Crabfest Weekend at Hammond Hotel starts on Friday along with the men's softball tournament.
The Little Miss Heartland Days pageant is back for its second year. Coronation begins at 6 p.m. in the park.
Tree-O and the Dweebs start rocking the town at 7:30 p.m. and go until 1:30 a.m. While the bands play, mechanical bull rides will be at the park. Northern Skies will play at the Doll House as well.
Saturday's events begin early: a breakfast buffet starts at 6:30 a.m. at the Doll House and a pancake breakfast at Trinity Lutheran Church opens at 7 a.m.
New to Saturday are three events held at the Library. First in the day is a Cookie Contest at 10 a.m. Cookies can be old family recipes or new creations. They will be judged on appearance, taste and texture. All ages are welcome to enter; a recipe must be provided. Extra cookies will be for sale at the food stand.
The next new event is the talent show at noon. Auditions have already taken place for performers. Ages 5 and up may participate and performances will range between three and five minutes.
A pet show at 2 p.m. is also hosted by the Library. The pets must be stuffed animals. They may be dressed in costume or come as they are. Registration is at 1:30 p.m. at the Library. There is a one pet per person limit and all ages are welcome.
The 21st annual United Fire and Rescue Car Show starts at 8 a.m. on Saturday on Davis Street.
The horseshoes and Texas Hold 'Em tournaments begin at noon. Euchre play starts at 1 p.m.
The Gopher State Garden Tractor Pull begins at 1 p.m. at the Village Park. Admission is free.
Live music will feature two bands, Round 2 and Hairball, from 7:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at the Village Park. The Grand Fireworks Display will be ignited at dusk.
Sunday's events include the Grand Parade at 12:30 p.m. sponsored by the Doll House, Hammond Hotel, Ras' on Main and Pheasant Hills Golf Course.
A petting zoo, Auggie the Clown and Boondoggle begin after the parade at 2 p.m.
New to Heartland Days but not to Hammond is the Knights of Columbus Football Punt-Pass-Kick and Soccer Challenge. The event is usually held in September but has been moved to Sunday at 3 p.m. Registration for boys and girls ages 8-14 begins at 2:30 p.m.
The final event of the weekend is the Tractor Pull, which starts at 3:30 p.m. This is the first time in about three years that there has been a tractor pull at Heartland Days. The St. Croix Valley Pullers Association and the Track Patrol of Independence, Wis. will run the pull with the assistance of the Village of Hammond Public Works Department. Proceeds will go to enhancement projects, like banners and welcome signs, for Hammond.