7/1/2014 4:04:00 PM Hayfield Hey Days (lite) Fire department to host one-day event last weekend in July; community pitches in to keep some Hey Days events going.
By Tara Lindquist
The Hayfield Hey Days Committee made the decision early this year that they would not be putting on the annual town celebration in 2014.
The Hayfield Fire Department has stepped in and is putting on a one day town celebration called the 2014 Hayfield Fire Department Chicken Fry and Street Dance. Don't let the name fool you though, there is a lot more to offered than just chicken and dancing on Saturday, July 26.
"A lot of groups are still continuing to have the same activities as they did when it was Hey Days," explained Fire Chief Paul O'Brien.
To jump-start the day, the Miss Hey Days pageant will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday night, June 25, at Trinity Lutheran Church.
Saturday morning the boy scouts will be putting on pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m.
The Hayfield American Legion will again host the Field of Flags at the Field Crest Care Center, from July 24-27, with a ceremony on July 26 at 4 p.m. Flags can be dedicated in memory of someone or to someone that is living. To sponsor a flag you can stop into the American Legion or there will be a table set up during the Field of Flags and you can dedicate one at that time. The American Legion is asking for a $20 donation to dedicate a flag, the money is used for several of the community programs the American Legion sponsors throughout the year. Information and a donation check can also be sent to PO Box 412, Hayfield, MN 55940 or you can contact Stan Arendts at 507-477-3166.
Megan Olive is running the volleyball tournament at the park this year and it will only be a one-day tournament on July 26.
Larry Moreno is running the men's softball tournament. which will be a two-day tournament.
Healthy Hearts in Hayfield, an organization of all four churches in Hayfield will be hosting their 11th Annual Walk-Run. The Miss Hey Days candidates will start the race at 8 a.m.; registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at Himley Park.
The Lions Club will be sponsoring a beanbag tournament at Himley Park as well. Registration for the tournament will start at 10 a.m. and the tournament will begin at 11. There is $20 registration fee per team and the tournament will run in the double elimination format. There will be a 50% payout for first, second and third place. The Lions Club will also be having their normal food stand at the park.
The Fire Department will still be hosting the parade this year; which will start at 2 p.m.
Some of the favorite attractions will return this year, the smoke-breathing dragon, and the Shriners motorcycles. So far there are thirty floats registered for the parade and registration will remain open until July 21. There is no registration fee for the parade but a donation to the Fire Department would be appreciated.
"All of the money that we make during this day will go directly back to the community and supporting the fire department," O'Brien said. "If we're not successful during our fundraisers then the taxes in town could go up in order to support the fire department, we don't want that to happen."
The fire department has also sent letters to local businesses asking for sponsorship. They have received donations from the Chamber of Commerce to help with up front costs.
The fire department's chicken fry will start at 4 p.m. and run until 8. Home deliveries are available in the city of Hayfield as well. At 8 p.m. the band Hitchville will take the stage in front of the fire hall.