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Wells ready for Kernel Days

By Staff | Aug 10, 2009

Wells is the place to go Aug. 14-16, when the city hosts its annual Kernel Days celebration at Half Moon Park.

The weekend celebration will kick-off on Wednesday at 11 a.m. with the Library Foundation’s annual Salad Luncheon.

Friday, Aug. 14, will be filled with carnival rides, food stands, the Jaycees Beer Garden and Lions Bingo at 5 p.m. Those events will be followed by a volleyball tournament at 6:30 p.m. and tractor races. Live music will be presented by DW3, while a fireworks display will close out the night at 9:45 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 15, will begin with a Methodist Youth Group breakfast at 8 a.m. The local Farmer’s Market will also begin at 8 a.m. and will run until noon. The annual Maple Valley Classic Car Show also begins this morning in downtown Wells. The Junior Miss contestants will be hosting a run/walk as a fundraiser for their program. Food stands, Lion Bingo and Jaycees Beer Garden all kick-off at 10 a.m., as well as the Johnson Seeds sponsored Pedal Pull. A petting zoo will be available for children throughout the day. Carnival rides and games begin at noon on Saturday.

Also, Kernel Days’ participants will enjoy a ventriloquist and entertainer of Gator Alley & Co. Featured speaker Al Batt will also be joining the Kernel Days line-up as well as the Little Miss Kernel Pageant. The firemen’s street dance will begin at 8:30 p.m.

Kernel Days will also host four tournaments, including a softball tournament beginning at 8 a.m., volleyball at 9 a.m., Bocce ball at 11 a.m. and cribbage at 1 p.m.

The final day of the event, Sunday, Aug. 16, begins with the VFW pancake breakfast. Food stands and the Jaycees Beer Garden will open at 10 a.m. Continuing from Saturday, the softball tournament will begin at 8 a.m. and volleyball will begin at 9 a.m.

The city’s giant parade will begin on Sunday at noon, with carnival rides and games following. After the parade, visitors may attend various performances and enjoy a petting zoo. The community church service will also be held after the parade.