Spoon River Days gears up for June 10 celebration

For The Prairie News

WYOMING – The revived Spoon River Days event returns Saturday, June 10.

This is the second year for the revived celebration and organizer Jon Knoblauch said this year the Shriners’ Cars will be a part of the parade downtown, as they were in the past.

The parade will start at 11 a.m. from Thomas Park, travel north to Route 17/Williams Street and turn right to continue to the four-way stop downtown. From there it will turn right and head south to Smith Street where it will turn right again and return to Thomas Park. There will be local entries as well as others Saturday.

Before the parade, the Wyoming Fire Department will hold a pancake breakfast at the firehouse from 7-10 a.m. Vendors will be set up on Williams Street to sell items and food from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Williams Street is the center for childrens’ activities, one of which will be a noon start for a 5,000-balloon water-balloon fight, held just beyond the Country Company Insurance building.

Along Williams Street an axe-throwing competition will start at 11 a.m. and run all day.
Williams Street is also the site of a bags tournament at 1 p.m. and a Dunk Tank at 11 a.m., where rumor has it Stark County Chief Deputy Chuck Demetreon and Stark County School superintendent Brett Elliott will be on the seat to be “dunked.”

From 4-7 p.m. the Barn Door Burners music group will perform on Williams Street to close out the festivities.