A twenty-six year tradition has come to an end. Hayfield Hey Days had its final hurrah in 2013 - unless some new volunteers agree to take the reigns.
Due to long time volunteers wanting off the board for various reasons and no one stepping up to take their places, Hey Days of 2014 will be cut back to a one-day event.
The fire department has decided to host some of the Hey Days Celebration activities and use it as a fundraiser. They will continue their chicken fry, handle the parade, host a dance and provide fireworks.
The softball and volleyball tournaments will not be held. Fire Chief Paul O'Brien said if anyone is willing to run the tournaments they are more than welcome to do so and it will be added to their flyer of events. The Hayfield American Legion has decided to still hold the Field of Flags.
Deb Towey, former Hey Days committee member, spoke at the Hayfield Chamber annual dinner on Saturday and made an appeal for volunteers. She shared what will continue by the fire department and what will be lost.
She said the wiffleball tournaments and the Viking Pride Golf Tournament probably are to continue as these have been run independently.
No Miss Hey Days pageant.
Unless something changes, the Miss Hey Days scholarship pageant will not be held.. Towey said she hopes a new committee will form to carry on this wonderful tradition. The pageant not only provides scholarships but also offers life skills training and opportunities for community service. It was noted how the Hayfield pageant is a stand out in the area and many young women try for the honor. "They ride in five parades, if we could just get a five volunteers to drive for each parade, even that would be a big help." She said there are past committee members that could offer help and guidance.
Towey listed other events that will not happen this year.
There will be no:
Karaoke contest (The Voice),
Kids' pedal pull,
Saturday afternoon kids' activities,
Hayfield Lions food wagon, "This is a huge fundraiser for them," Towey said. "And they give it right back to the community."
Another important fundraiser for the American Legion Auxiliary, bingo won't happen.
Towey said she will handle the money, which others in the past have been concerned about.
She repeated that there are former committee members who will offer direction and guidance to any new comers that want to keep Hey Days alive and bring people to town.
Earlier in the week Greg Demmer said the Hey Days corporation is still active, so if anyone in the future wishes to resume the Hey Days Celebration, they can do so.
"We've had a really hard time the past couple of years getting volunteers," he said. "It's sad to not be able to keep it going."
The Hayfield fire fighter's chicken fry will take place on Saturday July 26. The fire department is still in the planning stages, but they are considering starting the parade at 2 p.m., having the chicken fry after the parade and the dance run from 8 to midnight, with fireworks at dusk.