Council approves Summer Classic events

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


With the 175th Anniversary of Washington event having extended itself to the 180th anniversary of Washington?s charter, the Washington City Council during its regular meeting Tuesday approved allowing the event to continue in the summer of 2018.

Alisha Davis, Washington Chamber of Commerce event director, asked the council to approve street closures and other needs for the event to take place. According to the council packet, Summer Classic 2018 is scheduled for May 31 through June 3. Events include two parades, family games and entertainment, food and concerts at the Washington Airport.

?The activities that will be offered as part of this year?s schedule will be very similar to last year, with a few minor changes,? Davis said. ?We are just requesting what we have gotten in the past for street closures and parking, so nothing is really changing that we know of. It is the same as we have done in the past.?

Davis said there are a few new attractions. Main Street Washington will celebrate its 10-year anniversary with a Mardi Gras-style event on Friday night in conjunction with a Movie on Main Street. There also will be six class reunions during Saturday of the event.

Summer Classic, which is entering its fifth year, is an extension of the 175th Anniversary Celebration held in 2013. it includes four days of events to kick off summer and each day has its own theme to highlight things in the Washington Community. In a memo to the council, Chamber director Michelle Redlinger said the chamber looks forward to hosting the event for years to come.

Events start with AG Day, which will include the tractor parade through Washington. There also will be a display of agriculture equipment on the square. Davis said that organizer Jerome Vittetoe has already cleared all the closures with the police.

Family Day will be held on Friday of the week. Davis said there will be a little less parking on the square.

The 71st running of Ridiculous Day will be held Saturday, and will include a parade and many special deals at local retailers. During the 175th Anniversary celebration, the Saturday evening concerts had been moved from Central Park to a hangar at the airport due to inclement weather. It has been held at the airport ever since with a new name ? Flightline Live! The event is returning this year.

Latino Night also will continue this year on Sunday of Summer Classic week. Latino food, vendors and activities will be held in Central Park.

Davis said a letter will be sent to businesses and residents around the square letting them know about the events of Summer Classic and the closures.