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Festival returns with new, old events Four-day event undergoes rebranding

Why is it ‘Hometown Days?’

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For some, the start of summer comes on Memorial Day, or as the school bell rings for the final time until September. For Verona, it’s easy to point to an event falling in between: The Hometown Days festival, running from Thursday, May 30, to Sunday, June 2. The weekend is filled with events for people of all ages. Organizers will bring back a Thursday evening event with the idea of offering something for people in the age gap between children and adults who attend because they have families, or are looking to listen to local bands cover decades-old classic songs. That gap is being filled by “Club HTD,” a 21-and-up evening that will bring new attractions, such as a laser light show, a trivia contest and food trucks – all things that organizers heard as suggestions when they asked for feedback, said Verona Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Le Jordan, who oversees festival planning. That specific night, Jordan said, will look to raise half of the money necessary for the Verona Area School District’s upcoming Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools program at the high school, carrying on the tradition of the festival being a community fundraiser.

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Chuck Meyers, and his wife Kim behind him, give high-fives to his granddaughter Morgan Carl and one of her friends. Thursday night isn’t the only activity getting a rebrand this year – the 5K, which has traditionally been held on Sunday morning prior to the race, will be held on Friday night. Now being called the

“Hometown Hustle,” the twilight helicopter rides from the fourrun will begin at 7 p.m. as the sun day event – to no fault of the sets, and participants will run the organizers, Jordan said, who 3.1-mile course on the Military Ridge State Trail. Turn to Festival/Page 11 G o n e , h ow eve r, a r e t h e

Verona earned its nickname a few years before its annual festival began, but the name didn’t stick right away. “Hometown U.S.A.” was the titled bestowed on Verona in 1966 by members of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division serving in Vietnam after the Verona Press printed a letter to the editor from one of its servicemen, Donald Schmidt. Because of the free subscription sent to him (partially paid by the American Legion Auxiliary), the printing of his letter and other nostalgic things his fellow servicemen noticed in Schmidt’s description, the unit declared Verona “the perfect example of Hometown U.S.A.” The asked to adopt it as their honorary hometown. The title was informal until the Verona Area Chamber of Commerce adopted it in 1985 and created a logo. That year the city designated June 9 as Hometown U.S.A. Day. The annual festival started in 1972 as a quasquicentennial, and a parade was held annually. Eventually, the two were tied together and Hometown U.S.A. Days became shortened by most people to be known as “Hometown Days.”

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Thursday returns with a new twist Event geared for an ages 21-and-up crowd

Evolution of a community fundraiser

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Verona Hometown Days organizers are trying something new for the festival this year. After canceling the traditional first night of the festival last year after years of spotty attendance, organizers have rebranded the night as an event for a 21-and-older crowd. Verona Area Chamber of Commerce director Le Jordan told the Press the event was built based off of feedback from young adults. It will include food trucks, a trivia tournament, a live DJ and an electric laser light show. “We would like for Hometown Days to be an event where there’s something for everyone,” she said. “During that brainstorming, we thought, ‘What about making it a 21-and-up event … something where we attracted a little bit different of a demographic, a younger crowd that was maybe in between wanting to hear the oldies like my age group and enjoyed the carnival but didn’t have families yet.’ “We talked to a lot of younger people,” Jordan added. Food truck options will include Soho Gourmet, Pots & Tots, Smokin’ Dragons B.B.Q., Chocolate Shoppe and Sugar River Kettle Corn. The trivia tournament will begin at 6

Hometown Days has evolved over many years, from a historical celebration run by the city to a community party run by a nonprofit and eventually an opportunity for community groups to raise money – now run by the Verona Area Chamber of Commerce. Several community groups depend on sales of food or beverages at the festival to assist with their projects each year. Among the nonprofits who benefit from the festival each year are the American Legion and Fitchburg/Verona Rotary (beer tent), the Verona Optimists (hamburger stand), Lions Club (spin the wheel) and local sports club boosters (food sales, beer tent and setup).

p.m. and go until 8 p.m., when the live DJ will take the stage. The laser light show will run from 8:45-9:30 p.m. The carnival will be open from 5 p.m. to midnight as well. Jordan said the Thursday night event will benefit the Verona Area High School Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools program. A portion of the money spent in the beer tent and at the food trucks will go toward the program, and Jordan said the district will match what the festival raises. Unified Champion schools have programming that unites students with and without intellectual disabilities together as members of one sports team. According to the Special Olympics

If you go What: Club HTD When: 5 p.m. to midnight Thursday, May 30 Where: Hometown Days Festival Park, 111 Lincoln St. Info: veronahometowndays.com

website, the goal of the program is to increase social inclusivity and reducing stereotypes for students with disabilities. “We feel like with this one evening, this is going to be a huge benefit and asset to the high school,” Jordan said.

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Rhys Hellenbrand, 5, sits on his father Derek’s shoulders to watch the Friday night fireworks at the 2018 festival.

Fireworks to light up Friday night sky Get ready for an “Epic” fireworks show. Sponsored by Epic Systems, the annual Friday fireworks show will start at 9:30 p.m. The light display is shot off on the park’s southern side, with the best viewing of the show on the hill behind the carnival. The fireworks used to be held on Thursday night, but were switched to Friday night a few years ago so the show was not taking place on a school night. In the case of inclement weather, the fireworks will be held at 9:30 p.m. Saturday night.

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Keep the beat with 7 performances Acts from many genres to entertain Verona Hometown Days audiences EMILIE HEIDEMANN Unified Newspaper Group

Verona Hometown Days wouldn’t be complete without its yearly blend of musical entertainment. From Thursday, May 30, through Sunday, June 2, Verona Area Chamber of Commerce office manager Molly Solie said this year, with performers who are more “current” than who has been featured in the past. Whether it’s electronic dance music and laser light shows, indie folk concerts or glam metal performances, Hometown Days will have something for everybody. For more information about the musical acts, visit veronahometowndays.com/ music or call the chamber at 845-5777.

DJ Scott Mueller DJ Scott Mueller will begin the festival with his performance at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 30, on the Wisconsin Brewing Company stage underneath the tent in the middle of the festival grounds. According to the Hometown Days website, Mueller’s music library “spans all styles, genres and eras, including clean-edits of Top 40 hits.” The website states the dance and electronic DJ

reads the crowd and puts together sets of music to “keep everyone dancing the night away.” He also plays requests, including everyone’s “must plays and don’t plays,” the website states.

The Rotation The Rotation – rock, funk, pop and R&B group – will perform at 5 p.m. Friday, May 31, on the Hometown Days stage. “The Rotation plays a variety of lyrically progressed originals as well as a vase selection of danceable covers spanning many decades and styles,” the Hometown Days website states. “The saxophones put a new twist on classic favorites.” The group can perform at “any venue big or small” including weddings, conferences, reunions and parties, according to the festival website. The Rotation has two fulllength studio albums out. They’ve also won a Madison Area Music Award and have performed at the Taste of Madison and Milwaukee’s Summerfest.

Madison County Madison County, a Hometown Days headliner and country group, will put on a concert at 8 p.m. Friday, The band Madison County performs during a 2016 Hometown Days performance. May 31, on the Wisconsin Brewing Company stage. The Madison seven-piece country band has “evolved its high-energy, engaging show over the years to stay fresh and unique,” the Hometown Days website said. The band has been voted Local Group of the Year nine years in a row at the Q106 Madison Country Music Awards, Favorite Local Group at the 96.3 Star Country Awards, Country Artist of the Year at the Madison Area Music Association Awards and People’s Choice Award winner for six years at the Wisconsin Area Music Industry Awards, among more honors, according to the website.

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The Briana Patrice Band, a variety group, will perform Saturday, June 1, on the Hometown Days stage. Patrice is also the lead in another performing group that shares her moniker, called the Briana Patrice Trio, of Madison. The band’s Facebook page states Patrice is the vocalist, Tracy Jane Comer plays the guitar, keys and sings vocals, Alan Maslowski plays drums, Joe Iaquinto plays electric guitar, bass and sings vocals. The group perform covers from “multiple eras and genres.”

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• 1 p.m., Wheelhouse folk group, will perform at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 1, on the Hometown Days stage. The five-person band, based out of Madison, draws its influences from The Lumineers, Head and the Heart, The Avett Brothers, The Decemberists and Gregory Alan Isakov, the Hometown Days website states. The band performs original music and is soon to release its debut EP, “Free.”

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performance at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 1 on the Wisconsin Brewing Company stage. According to the Hometown Days website, this ‘80s rock, pop and glam metal group “plays all the biggest hits and ballads” from that decade’s rock genre along with some classic rock songs from the ‘70s. The set list includes “some of the biggest artists of the era,” like Bon Jovi, Journey, Def Leppard, Poison, Motley Crue, Boston, Styx and others.

Wheelhouse Wheelhouse, the final Hometown Days headliner and Americana/Bluegrass band, will perform at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 2, on the Wisconsin Brewing Company stage. Wheelhouse tours nationally and are based out of Madison. According to the website, the band works fulltime and performs over 220 shows per year. They’ve gained attention from multiple labels through this, according to the website. “Featuring three and four part harmonies, fiddle and guitar leads, the driving rhythm of the upright bass WheelHouse brings and energy and attitude unique to themselves,” the website states.

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Route, acts remain largely unchanged JUSTIN LOEWEN Press Correspondent

Attendees of last year’s Hometown Days parade will be familiar with this year’s procession. The parade, set for noon Sunday, June 2, will follow the same route as last year and won’t feature any new acts, Molly Sollie, office manager for the Verona Area Chamber of Commerce, said in a phone interview to the Press. The route will begin at the corner of Paoli Street and Nine Mound Road, and will progress northward on Paoli where it will turn onto South Main Street, and make one final turn onto West Verona Avenue, ending at the Legion Street intersection. Favorite paid acts such as The Jolly Giant Stilt Walkers, The Cripple Creek Cloggers and The Taiko Drummers will perform again at the parade. The Verona Area Community Theater will also return, giving a preview of its upcoming June production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. For more information about the parade or the acts or organizations featured, call 845-5777.

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The Mudsliders 4-H group hands out cartons of milk to attendees during the 2018 Sunday parade.

If you go What: Verona Hometown Days parade When: Noon Sunday, June 2 Where: Nine Mound Road to Paoli Street, then onto South Main Street to West Verona Avenue Info: 845-5777

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Meloney Linder, of Verona, waits for the wheel to determine her fate in the Spin the Wheel tent during the 2018 festival. Kyle Lease of the Verona Lions Club is helping Linder, who eventually won 45 tickets. Play the odds at Hometown Days with the return of Spin the Wheel – and you might take home a raffle prize at the end of the festival. Starting Friday, May 31, the Spin the Wheel booth will open near the food stand in Hometown U.S.A. Festival Park, where festivalgoers can spin for different amounts of raffle tickets. Participants can buy spin attempts and can put tickets

At right, child with Good Shepherd Lutheran Church runs down Main Street to catch up with the rest of her group during the 2018 Sunday parade.

earned towards a variety of raffle prizes. Spin the Wheel will be available from 5-10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and a final appearance from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday. The raffle drawing for the tickets will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 2. – Justin Loewen

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‘Safe Ride Home’ offered Friday, Saturday nights Hometown Days organizers would like to see visitors at the festival all weekend. To ensure those consuming alcohol Friday and Saturday nights make it back safely the next day, “Safe Ride Home” will be back again on for the rest of the festival. From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., a bus will shuttle festival-goers who live within five miles of the Hometown Days grounds back home after spending a night at the beer tent. The shuttle will pick up riders in the City Hall parking lot just to the

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Helicopters won’t return to festival this year The highest views of the festival this year will come from the tallest carnival rides, not the helicopters that usually take people up in the air. Verona Area Chamber of Commerce director Le Jordan said organizers were “disappointed” to see the end of the helicopter rides. The service will end because the company the Chamber had contracted for the rides had lost its lease for the aircrafts, Jordan said.

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Entering the ‘Kid’s Zone’ Hometown Days to host events that entertain youngsters EMILIE HEIDEMANN Unified Newspaper Group


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Verona Hometown Days weekend festivities will offer something for the youngsters from Friday, May 31, through Sunday, June 2. From a petting farm, to magic and musical performances to balloon sculptures, kids of all ages will likely be entertained from dawn until dusk. For more information about events for kids, contact the Verona Area Chamber of Commerce at 8455777 or visit veronahometowndays.com.

Haven’s Petting Farm/ pony rides T h e H ave n ’s P e t t i n g Farm and pony rides will take place at Hometown Days from 5-8 p.m. Friday, May 31, 12-8 p.m. Saturday, June 1 and 12-5 p.m. Sunday, June 2. The main attraction is likely to be Zeezee the Zebra, whose donkey best friend will be joining them, Verona Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Le Jordan told the Press earlier this month.

Voted 2016 Children’s Performer of the Year by the Madison Area Music Association, singer David Landau will put on concerts throughout the weekend. Landau will perform at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 1, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 2 in the Kids Tent. Landau is also a Parents’ Choice award winner.

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Mr. Magic will perform at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 31, 4 p.m. Saturday, June 1, and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 2. The performer offers “high-quality” magic for all ages, creating an atmosphere where everyone is

part of the show, according to the Hometown Days website. He’s the winner of Madison’s NBC15 “Best Magic Trick” video contest, the website states.

Balloon sculptures Youngsters can delight as “simple” balloons will be transformed into “magical creations” over Hometown Days weekend. Sculpting will take place from 5-7 p.m. Friday, May 31, 12-5 p.m. Saturday, June 1, and 1-4 p.m. Sunday, June 2. The balloons will be changed with a “combination of professional technical skills and gifted silliness,” the Hometown Days website states. For more information about the different child r e n ’s e n t e r t a i n m e n t options available throughout the Hometown Days festival weekend, call the Chamber at 845-5777 or visit veronahometowndays. com.

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Kids will again be able to drive shiny metallic cars, fly in hot air balloons and climb a few stories to the top of the big slide at Hometown Days this year, with Wenzel Amazements returning. Filling up Festival Park just to the east of the Optimists Food stand, the carnival features rides and prize games. The carnival will be open each night during the festival; however, Thursday night’s events are limited to a 21-andover crowd. For the remainder of Hometown Days, the carnival is open to all patrons. Wristbands for the carnival will be available for use from 5-10 p.m. on Friday, and from noon to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. The wristbands can be purchased during these times on the festival grounds, and are only good for the day of purchase. Festivalgoers will also be able to purchase single tickets for the carnival rides, and can buy them in advance at Miller and Sons Supermarket, 210 S. Main St., or JNJ Craftworks, 1051 N. Edge Trail. Tickets are $10 for 14 when purchased File photo by Kimberly Wethal in advance; otherwise, they are $1 a ticket, or 22 for $20 when purchased the Emma Frick, 9, throws the ball at the rows of fish bowls on Friday night at the 2018 festival. day-of on festival grounds.

If you go What: Wenzel Amazements carnival When: 5 p.m. to midnight May 30 (ages 21 and up); 5-10 p.m. May 31; noon to 5 p.m. June 1, and June 2 Where: Hometown Festival Park, 111 Lincoln St. Cost: Day-of wristbands $20; tickets sold for $1 each

‘Food Truck Night’ highlights revamped Thursday night Food is always a favorite part of Hometown Days, and the return of Thursday nights to this year’s event means even more to choose from. New this year, with the rebranding of Thursday night for a 21+ young adult crowd, the first night of the festival will be “Food Truck Night.” The food truck selection will include Smokin’

Dragons B.B.Q., Pots & Tots, Soho Gourmet, Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream and Sugar River Kettle Corn. Event organizer Molly Solie said similar food options to years past will be available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, including the Optimist’s Club dining hall with brats, hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, sodas and water, AJ’s Pizzeria with pizza and pork sandwiches, Sugar River Kettle Corn and the Knights of Columbus’ Strawberry Cart. – Scott De Laruelle

Where to purchase tickets Tickets for the carnival can be purchased in advance at Miller and Sons Supermarket, 210 S. Main St., or JNJ Craftworks, 1051 N. Edge Trail. Tickets purchased in advance are cheaper than when purchased on the festival grounds, and are $10 for 14 tickets. Wristbands cannot be purchased in advance and must be bought the day-of on the festival grounds.


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‘For the love of cars’ Hometown Rumble car show set for June 1 ALEXANDER CRAMER Unified Newspaper Group

The first car Jim Bach bought was a “Caspian Blue” 1965 Ford Mustang. Even as a kid, the man had good taste. Now he owns a car restoration business and is helping others show off their prized possessions at the sixth annual Hometown Rumble car show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1. Bach and his neighbor in the Verona industrial park, Steen Traxler will again hosting the event near their shops at the corner of Legion Street and Commerce Parkway. It’s a little off the beaten track, but as Bach pointed out, that makes it all the easier to find a parking spot. Fitchburg-based Bavaria Sausage will be running a brat stand, and Bach said the grill will probably be open around 10 a.m. There’s no registration fee and Bach said they invite anyone who wants to show off their classic ride to show up around 9 a.m. Saturday morning. The organizers ask that cars be 2000s or older to be featured in the show. There’s no admittance fee for spectators, so people are free to head over from the Hometown Days midway to check out the cars. Their best year had about 80-85 cars in the show, Bach said, with many from the 1950s

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Cars line the street during the Hometown Rumble Car Show near Commerce Parkway and Legion Street. and 60s. He’s not sure whether the show really promotes his business, and doesn’t think he’s gotten any clients directly from it. The real reason he and Traxler put the time in to organize the show, he said, besides bringing something different to Hometown Days, is

simply “for the love of cars.” The event will go on rain or shine. For more information about the Hometown Rumble car show, call the Verona Area Chamber of Commerce at 845-5777, or visit veronahometowndays.com.

If you go What: Hometown Rumble car show When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1 Where: Corner of Legion Street and Commerce Parkway Info: veronahometowndays.com


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were “disappointed” that the company who provided the service in prior years lost its license to the aircrafts. Also absent from the festival is the pancake breakfast and the Saturday marketplace, which Jordan said had the potential of returning in future years as organizers look for “a good fit” for both events. The event will still feature many of the same attractions as years prior, including the Kid’s Zone, Friday night fireworks, several musical acts throughout the festival on two separate stages, the carnival and the Sunday parade through Verona’s downtown just west of the festival grounds. T h e K i d ’s Z o n e w i l l feature Haven’s Petting Farm for the second year in a row, complete with a zebra-donkey best friend duo. Multiple shows will be put on for children throughout the weekend, and a balloon artist will be on hand.


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The festival will also showcase seven musical acts, with five of those playing on the Wisconsin Brewing Company stage during the day, and three, Madison County, Cherry Pie and Wheelhouse, headlining the festival at night, with a $5 cover charge to get into each performance. The Friday night fireworks are set to go off at 9:30 p.m. Friday, just south of the Wenzel Amazements carnival, which will run all weekend and feature wristband specials so that children can zip through the air to their heart’s delight. The weekend will finish off with its traditional Sunday parade, which will feature all of the same organizations as the last year, along the same route, and the Spin the Wheel drawing at 4 p.m., where spinners who have been eyeing up raffle prizes during the four days prior will see if luck is in their favor. For information about the Hometown Days festival, call the Chamber at 845-5777, or visit veronahometowndays.com.

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It’s time to get your hustle on. The annual Hometown Days 5K race, newly rebranded as the “Hometown Hustle,” will move from Sunday morning prior to the parade to a Friday night twilight run. The run will start at 7 p.m. May 31 on the Military Ridge State Trail, between the Hometown USA Festival Park, 111 Lincoln St., and the Verona Ice Arena. There won’t be a 10K run this year, unlike years prior. As in previous years, a portion of race proceeds will go toward the Verona Area High School boys Cross Country team, Verona Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Le Jordan told the Press last month. “We’re hoping that racers from all over the surrounding areas will come and run it, because it’s kind of a unique concept to do this at one of these festiFile photo by Scott Girard vals, and then bringing them into town Kids run down the hill on West Verona Avenue during the fun run that precedes will show them what Verona has to the parade during the 2016 parade. offer,” Jordan said. After the race, participants 21 and older will be able to redeem a free beer token at the Hometown Days beer tent. Packets for the race can be picked up Despite the 5K run being moved to Friday night, the Kids’ Fun Run will still from 3-7:30 p.m. the day prior at the take place on Sunday morning. Hometown Days beer tent, or at 6 p.m. the day of the race at the starting line. Registration for the event will begin at 11:15 a.m. at Sugar River United For more information about the race, Methodist Church, at 415 W. Verona Ave. The race itself, which goes down visit veronahometowndays.com or call the parade route the opposite way, will begin at 11:40 a.m., giving children Race Day Events at 316-5755.

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Ben Gottbeheut, 8, holds on to a chick at the Havens Petting Farm on Friday during the 2018 event.


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5:00 PM “Club HTD” open, one night only! Wenzel’s Amazements 5pm - 12 am Beer Tent, 5 pm-12:00 am 6:00 PM Trivia Tournament 6 pm - 8 pm 8:00 PM Live DJ 8:00 pm - 12 am 9:00 PM Electric Laser Light Show Presented by SOSONIC 9:00 pm - 9:30 pm


5:00 pm Live Music by The Rotation Hometown Days Stage Food Court Opens Beer Tent, 5 pm-12:30 am Wenzel Amazement’s Carnival (Wristbands 5-10 pm) Balloon Sculpting 5-7 pm Spin-the-Wheel 5-10 pm Havens Petting Farm 5-8 pm Havens Pony Rides 5-8 pm 6:30 pm Hometown Hustle Twilight Run “Mr. Magic” Magic Show 7:00 pm Hometown Hustle - Inaugural 5K Twilight Run Softball Game 8:00 pm Live Music by Madison County 8 pm -12:30 am, $5 cover 9:30 pm ✮ Epic Fireworks Show ✮


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12:00 pm Live Music by Briana Patrice Hometown Days Stage Food Court Opens Wenzel Amazement’s Carnival Wristbands, 12-5 pm Beer Tent 12pm-12:30 am Spin-the-Wheel 12 - 10 pm Havens Petting Farm 12 -8 pm Havens Pony Rides 12-8 pm Funny Faces Balloons - 12 - 5 pm 2:30 pm Live Music by The North Code Hometown Days Stage 4:00 pm “Mr. Magic” Magic Show 5:30 pm David Landau - Kids’ Tent 8:00 pm Live Music by Cherry Pie 8:00 pm - 12:30 am -$5 cover


11:15 am Kids’ Fun Run Registration Sugar River UMC 11:40 am Kids’ Fun Run - Parade Route 12:00 pm Verona Hometown Days Parade Wenzel Amazement’s Carnival Wristbands, 12-5 pm Food Court & Beer Tent, 12-5 pm Spin-the-Wheel 12 - 3 pm Havens Petting Farm 12 - 5 pm Havens Pony Rides 12 - 5 pm Funny Faces Balloons 1-4 pm 1:00 pm Live Music by Wheelhouse 1 - 5 pm 2:30 pm David Landau - Kids’ Tent 3:30 pm “Mr. Magic” Magic Show 4:00 pm Spin the Wheel Drawing


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