Vergas will get a little “Looney” this weekend for the annual Looney Days celebration. The theme for this year’s event will be “It’s a Vergas Thing” and will feature a wide variety of events from Thursday through Sunday.
Among the highlights on Thursday will be the Vergas Got Talent event at Loonie’s Pub at 7 p.m., while downtown Vergas will be hopping on Friday with everything from sidewalk chalk near Natalie’s Serendipity from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., kids fishing from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and the first of two water ski shows from 5-6 p.m. A second water ski show will be held from 5-6 p.m. on Saturday night.
Other events on Friday include the Battle of the Businesses Loon Calling Contest, an Alabama Tribute Show and plenty of food with the food trucks and beer wagon at Loon Park.
Saturday will feature a jam-packed line up with everything from horse wagon rides, the petting zoo, Little Miss and Mr. Vergas pageant, the all ages loon calling contest, puppy plunge, bean bag tourney, a second water ski show and the street dance among others.
The 12th annual Wiener Dog races will begin at 9 a.m., with registration at 8 a.m. Up to 50 dogs are expected with thousands of spectators creating a roar from the ball field. Pre-registration is available at the www.cityofvergas.com.
Forest Edge Gallery will again be providing handcrafted trophies for the wiener winners.
The street fair also begins at 9 a.m. and runs to 4 p.m., along with the Vergas Fire and Rescue Open House up the street from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The Lions Looney Egg Hunt clues will be posted beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, at the info center and on Facebook at two-hour intervals.
Looney Days will come to a close on Sunday with the classic car show beginning at 9 a.m., a Mona LaValley concert from 12-1:30 p.m. and the grand day parade with grand marshal Krissy Barten beginning at 2 p.m.
Water fights will take center stage following the parade in downtown Vergas, while live music under the tent at Skal and Tip Bingo will be held at Billy’s Corner Bar following the parade.
This year’s Looney Days will feature a number of new events including a paint and sip, Vergas Got Talent and dedication of the Vergas Post Office.
For a complete list of events check out page 3 of this week’s Frazee-Vergas Forum.
Paint and Sip
Paint and Sip nights are nothing new at Billy’s Corner Bar and Grill, but this will be a first time for the event during Looney Days.
At Paint and Sip, participants are given painting instructions and supplies to create their masterpiece, while enjoying a beverage with friends.
It is one of the first events of Looney Days, Thursday, August 10, at 1 p.m.
True Blue Flower Co., is bringing U-Pick Bouquets to Looney Days all day Thursday through Saturday. The True Blue Flower Field will be open for self-serve U-Pick bouquets until sundown
Stop by the flower cottage to begin. Flowers are available by the pitcher for $30 or by the stem for $2 or kids jars for $10.
Jars, snips, and fresh water are provided. Jars can be taken home, snips must stay.
Pay at the field with cash (through cashbox), Venmo (@trueblueflowerco). No appointment needed. No pets except service animals. The flower fields are located at 35191 Co. Hwy 4, Frazee.
Vergas Got Talent
On the other end of town Thursday night, Loonies Pub & Campground is hosting “Vergas Got Talent” at 7 p.m., where contestants can win big prizes for performing.
First place is $150.
Participating acts can sign up on the Loonies Pub & Campground Facebook page, by texting the name of the performer or act to (612) 207-0533 or prior to the event at Loonies.
Local musician Damien Anderson has been running successful Monday night open mics at Loonies and Anderson will be running the Looney Days event as well.
Post Office dedication
Congresswoman Michelle Fischbach and other officials will be downtown on Friday, Aug. 11 from 1-2 p.m. to dedicate the Jon Glawe Post Office.
Fischbach sponsored a bill last September to honor Glawe, who was a Vergas mail carrier for 36 years.
Glawe passed away in 2016.
Vergas Bank Night
Friday night is Vergas Bank Night at the beach with the Water Ski Show from 5-6 p.m. Food trucks and a Beer Wagon will be available beginning at 5 p.m. There will be a “Battle of the Businesses” during the Loon Calling contest at 6 p.m., and an Alabama Tribute concert from 7-9:30 p.m.