A preview of 2019’s Granville Days
GRANVILLE — After a very wet, cool spring that delayed summer’s beginning, it can be hard to believe summer is already on the wane. But, one of the best parts of this time of year is the annual celebration of Granville Days.
This year there are a variety of family friendly events scheduled throughout the village on Friday, Aug. 2, and Saturday, Aug. 3.
“Granville Days is a great two-day community event, and there will be lots of free activities for kids on both Friday and Saturday. It’s going to be great fun for the whole family, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to a local charity,” Granville Village President Jared Baker said.
Friday, Aug. 2
Cruise Night is the signature event on Granville’s event calendar. From 5 to 8 p.m., there will be a wide variety of beautiful classic cars, trucks and motorcycles lining both sides of McCoy Street. Music will be provided by 3D Sound.
There will also be many local food and drink vendors offering to quench your thirst and fill your belly. Children will enjoy the free petting zoo from 5 to 7 p.m., as well as the creations of a balloon artist.
There’s a $5 entry fee per vehicle participating in the cruise, which will be held rain or shine. Proceeds will benefit the Putnam County Community Center.
A “Presentation of the Flags” will be held at 6 p.m., and the Little Panteras will perform at 6:30 p.m. Following the cruise, there will be a street dance, with music from the Higgins Bros. Band.
Saturday, Aug. 3
Saturday’s fun gets off to an early start with the second annual Granville Days 5K Run/Walk. Early registration can be completed by visiting the village website at www.villageofgranville.org. Race-day registration will be from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. in Hopkins Park. The starting gun goes off at 8 a.m.
The course will take participants through the village, and those streets will be closed to traffic during the race.
It begins on East Main Street by Hopkins Park. Racers will head east to Elm Street and then south to Hopkins Street. The course then turns west to Shafer Street and then north back to Main Street. From there, the course runs west to Turner Street and then north into and through the Granville Cemetery.
As entrants come out of the cemetery, they’ll turn west onto Hennepin Street, and then south onto Division Street. One block later, the course heads back onto Main Street, where the eastbound route will lead everyone to the McCoy Street finish line.
At 9 a.m., everyone can start to register for the kickball games that will begin soon afterward.
At 11 a.m., bingo games will be played.
The Granville Fire Department will sponsor water fights at 2 p.m., with registration starting an hour earlier at 1 p.m.
From 3 to 5 p.m., there will be a utility vehicle display featuring the Pink Heals Sauk Valley Chapter fire truck. Cancer survivors can sign the truck, or loved ones can leave “in memory of” tributes.
From 4 to 8 p.m., children can enjoy a variety of inflatables.
At dusk, there will be a “Movie in the Park,” with free popcorn provided by Axline Pharmacy.
The 50/50 raffle drawing will take place at 8 p.m., and winners need not be present. Tickets are available at Axline Pharmacy, The Corner Store, GPS Gaming, Kaddywampus, Mother’s, or from any village hall or committee members.