Traer's 13th Annual Winding Stairs Festival, August 6 to 8, kicks off Thursday evening, continues on Friday evening, and climaxes with a full day of events on Saturday. Just in case you missed all the announcements run in the Traer Star-Clipper over the last few weeks, here's a recap of festival events:
Thursday, all events at the North Tama Athletic Complex on Highway 8 just east of Traer.
4:00 - 5:30 pm Best Tailgating Set-Up Contest - First Prize: 32 inch flat screen TV.
4:00 - 6:00 pm Punt, Pass, Kick Competition.
4:00 - 4:45 pm Baseball Fun Time Games & Instruction 5-8 year olds.
4:45 - 5:30 pm Baseball Fun Time Games & Instruction 9-11 year olds.
5:00 - 5:30 pm Redhawks Football Team Football Signing.
5:30 - 6:00 pm Run with Sara Stoakes.
5:30 - 6:30 pm Home Run Derby 12-14 year olds.
6:15 pm North Tama Sports Awards.
6:15 - 8:00 pm Football Camp Wrap-Up.
6:30 - 9:00 pm Kids' Games Run by Girl Scouts Between Softball Game Innings.
6:30 - 7:30 pm Softball Game - North Tama Softball Team vs Family.
7:30 - 9:00 pm Slow Pitch Softball Game - Old Timers.
9:00 pm Movie Under the Stars - "The Sandlot" - Bring your own chair.
Friday, events on Second Street and at Taylor Park
3:30 pm Free Movie and Treats "Space Jam" at Traer Theatre.
4:00-6:00pm Etched Glass Craft Project for Kids at Dreamland Productions.
6:00 pm Kids Parade - Line-Up at North End of Second and Walnut Streets.
6:00 - 10:00 pm Kid Again Inflatable Fun Show (6 fun inflatables).
6:00 - 10:00 pm TMU Bucket Rides.
6:30 pm Ecumenical Vacation Bible School Sing-Along on Main Stage.
7:00 - 8:00 pm Ed Vos, Comedy Productions, on the Main Stage.
7:00 - 9:00 pm Junior High Pool Party - Games & Prizes - Taylor Park Pool.
For those entering Jr. High thru 8th grade
9:00 pm - 1:00 am Kerosene Rock Band, Main Stage.
Saturday, events on Second Street, at North Tama Schools, and at Taylor Park.
8:00 am FCCLA 5K Run/Walk North Tama Schools.
8:00 - 11:00 am Free Pancake Breakfast at Memorial Building.
8:00 - 11:00 am High School Sand Volleyball Tournament.
8:00 - 11:30 am Etched Glass Craft Project for Kids at Dreamland Productions.
10:00 am Little Miss or Mister Winding Stairs Talent Contest on Main Stage - Ages 8 and under.
11:00 am Kids' Contests and Games - Hula Hoops, Treasure Hunt, Frog Jumping, Diaper Derby, Big Wheels.
12:00 pm Wheel Chair Races - Adult & 10-13 year old.
"To Follow Wheel Chair Races - Adult & 14-17 year old
12:00 pm Tailgating Entree or Appetizer Cooking Contest - Memorial Building.
Drop-off 12:00 pm, Judging 12:30 pm, 1:00 pm Public Tasting.
12:00 - 3:00 pm Junior High School Sand Volleyball Tournament.
12:00 - 10:00 pm Kid Again Inflatable Fun Show.
1:00 pm Scavenger Hunt - Adult and 5-14 year old.
2:00 pm Advice from a Pro - Doug Zmolek guest speaker on Main Stage.
3:00 - 5:00 pm Beer Tasting in Beer Garden - Sample over 18 Foreign and Domestic Beers.
3:30 - 5:00 pm Texting Contest - Main Stage.
5:00 pm Grand Parade - Line-Up at North Tama School.
Grand Marshals: Past and Present North Tama Athletic Coaches
7:00 pm Hot Dog Eating Contest - Adults Only, Main Stage.
7:00 - 10:00 pm Smiley Face Train.
8:00 - 10:00 pm High School Pool Party - Games & Prizes - Taylor Park Pool.
For those entering High School thru 12th grade.
8:00 pm - 12:00 am Stampede - High Energy Country and Rock Band - Main Stage.
Other things to see and do include enjoying the delicious food and refreshments that will be offered by various food vendors and at the festival beer garden, bingo, visiting the Sprinklers Union Burn Trailer, signing up for raffle prizes, digging in sand for prize filled balls, cow-chip bingo. There will be something for everyone at Traer's Winding Stairs "Tailgating on Second Street" Festival. Don't miss the fun!