Country entertainment for all has been promised at Madison, often referred to as “The Hidden Valley of the Flint Hills.”
“We have three days of family fun events for every age group, scheduled June 10-11-12 at Madison Days 2016 in our northern Greenwood County farming-ranching community of Madison,” according to Nathan DeWitt, Chamber of Commerce official, who’s again been instrumental in coordination.
Festivities kick off Friday morning, June 10, at 10 o’clock, with children’s car decorating for Drive-In Movie Night. At noon, there’ll be free hot dogs and soda pop, along with a free afternoon swim at the City Park.
Highlight of the diligently coordinated activities will be free programs presented by Bob Robison on the history of Madison. They’re set for Friday, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, at 10 a.m., and 2 p.m., at the First Christian Church, according to DeWitt.
The Madison Historical Society plans to have the Depot Museum open Friday and Sunday afternoons, and most of Saturday. A jewelry exhibit will be open at the Madison Public Library, Friday afternoon, and all day Saturday.
Classic cars from many miles around are expected for the Cruise Night beginning at 6 o’clock, Friday, with a complimentary supper, and ice cream social, followed by the outdoor movie, “The Never Ending Story.”
A five-K run is scheduled at 8 o’clock, Saturday morning, June 11, with a Chris Cakes “all you can eat pancakes” breakfast from 8 to 10, and a three-on-three basketball tournament, beginning at 9 o’clock. A crafts show will be open throughout the day at the Sauder Center.
Kids’ activities Saturday are to feature face painting, petting zoo, inflatables, dunk tank, and turtle races. Bingo is planned throughout the day, and Pete’s Magic Show is to be presented downtown.
Noon hour will offer a variety of lunch options, sponsored as fundraisers for different groups, with a four-on-four coed sand volleyball tournament getting underway at 1 o’clock. Carriage Rides will operate during the afternoon.
Most anticipated affair at Madison Days is the parade, open to the public with entries anticipated from a large area, getting underway at 4 o’clock, followed by a most entertaining show presented by the Drum Line.
A pig roast supper is at 6 o’clock, along with the cow plop bingo. Drawings for special prizes are to be conducted at 6:30. The Madison High School Alumni Banquet is at 7 o’clock, in addition to entertainment by the Czech Republicans.
The twilight street dance will feature Moreland & Arbuckle, with fireworks set to climax the evening.
A Madison Days Golf Tournament is Sunday morning, June 12, with Community Church Services, sponsored by the Madison Ministerial Alliance, open to the public at 11 o’clock.
“Make sure to bring your lawn chairs for the movie on Friday, and for the dance on Saturday,” DeWitt reminded.
Information is available at www.madisondays.org.