CORRECTION: A story titled "New London Park Days to offer weekend fun for all ages" published in the Wednesday, June 1 Courier-Post contained incorrect information about the registration for certain events during the New London Park Days event this weekend. Registration for the pageants have closed. Registration for the cornhole tournament, Human Hungry Hippos and 5K will be open up to the event. The Courier-Post apologizes for the error. The information has been corrected in this article.
As New London Park Days draws closer, event committee members are preparing for new events and traditional performances to appeal to visitors of all ages during the weekend festival.
Committee President Tiffany Coleman-Dade said registration will remain open until the day of the event for attractions like the cornhole tournament, Hungry Hippo and 5K. Crews are moving in and setting up some of the carnival rides, which will join new events for the weekend event in downtown New London. The celebration kicks off at 11 a.m. Friday, June 3.
Children particularly enjoy the parade that accompanies opening ceremonies and announcements, Coleman-Dade said.
"They all love the parade," she said.
Kids also enjoy the Kid's Area, which includes a kids-only raffle, on the Courthouse Lawn from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 4. Young visitors also enjoy cheering on friends and family during the pageants, which take center stage beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday. Registration is closed for the pageants.
A traditional favorite — the Mr. Lovely Legs contest — and new activities called Human Hungry Hippos and Political Pie in the Face will each offer new opportunities for fun during the festival. Human Hungry Hippos is "kind of a twist on an old favorite," Dade said.
Teams of two play instead of those little hippos. Registration for each team, consisting of one male and one female, is $10. The game will begin at 5 p.m. Friday, June 3, in the Ruth & Roy Wright Park.
Political Pie in the Face will begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday, offering Ralls County political candidates and audience members alike the chance for some light-hearted fun. As each candidate passes a pie down the line, a timer ticks away. When the time is up, the person holding the pie will be wearing it on their face.
Kiersi Wisecarver, who plays ukulele and harmonica at age eight, will perform music at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. The first time Coleman-Dade heard Wisecarver play, she "literally had goosebumps."
"She will blow your socks off," Coleman-Dade said.
The Food, Wine and Craft Beer Festival has remained a crowd favorite for the past four years, set to run from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday. The carnival, pet show, Classic Car Cruise-In, cornhole tournament, 5K Run and other attractions are set to fulfill committee members' mission to offer fun for the young and young at heart.
"We have something for everyone," Coleman-Dade said.
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