MIKADO - Following last year's celebration of its 125th birthday, Mikado Township will hold a "Mikado Days" event again this year with food, games, sports, demonstrations, and other activities to draw area residents together for a day of summer entertainment.
The event starts with an 8 a.m. 5K walk/run, with 7 a.m. registrations and donations in memory of Mike Glore, who died of melanoma in April and whose niece organized the walk as a fundraiser in his memory. A craft show and flea market will follow at 9 a.m. at Mikado Civic Center, and participants for the parade will start lining up by Tait Road at 10 a.m. Fire trucks, floats, classic cars, and representatives of several organizations will march at 11 a.m. from Tait Road to F-41 South to F-30 East, and the rest of the day's activities will begin at noon. These will include children's carnival games, kid races, a space walk, child ID registration, Bob and Jackie Reed's classic car cruise, a dunk tank, and food courtesy of the Order of the Eastern Star Lincoln Chapter 184. Township Supervisor Yogi Yruegas also plugged a "wilderness" presentation by outdoor expert and writer Jim Miller.
"He builds canoes, he builds a lot of stuff from wood for trapping, hunting, stuff like that," said Yruegas. "He'll have a teepee, maybe some small canoes, bow-and-arrows that he makes, some furs. Pretty interesting."
A series of contests will pick up in the afternoon, including a 1 p.m. horseshoe tournament at the pavilion, a 2 p.m. 1860s-style baseball game between the Mikado Clubbers and the Midland River Hogs - no gloves, a special ball, era-appropriate rules and dress - followed by a "Jaws of Life" demonstration, and a 4 p.m. raffle for $50, $150, and $300 cash prizes.
The once-annual event had been discontinued for several years until Yruegas revived it in 2011 with the help of volunteers, who he credits with making it possible to sustain the tradition. He said the exact event times and other details are subject to change, but he was glad to be able to bring people together in the common interest of summer fun.
"Like I said last year, times are hard for people. I think they need to remove some of the stress, come out here and enjoy themselves, and possibly bring some business to our businesses, because times are hard," he said. "Relaxation time, fun, and see if they'll bring some traffic into our town."
What: Mikado Days
When: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. July 14
Where: Mikado Civic Center
Andrew Westrope can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 358-5693.