“We want to put on a show” – Austin Daily Herald

The town of Hayfield turns 150 this weekend

When the community of Hayfield decides on something, it’s 100% forward.

This determination to volunteer will be on full display this weekend when the community’s sesquicentennial celebration kicks off on Thursday evening.

The celebration will span the four days and will include over 40 events with just about everything.

“We want to put on a show,” said Deb Towey, treasurer of the Celebrate Hayfield committee.

Like any small community, Hayfield was not going to let the 150th anniversary pass quietly, and that’s why a core group of volunteers came together about three years ago to begin the process.

Although the community has always had the Hayfield Fire Department’s fried chicken, there hasn’t been a real town party for just under 10 years when Hey Days shut it down.

It was the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere of the city, at least for a weekend.

“We put together or coordinated a committee that put on Hayfield Hey Days and the Firefighters Fried Chicken and tried to get some of the leaders who ran those events together and get them involved,” Towey said. “With the concept we wanted to bring a lot more people on board. A lot of people could do one thing and have a great weekend.

Once assembled, the committee looked back to its 100th celebration for inspiration, however, since those early days of planning, Towey said the 150th had probably grown bigger than anyone had really anticipated.

This is largely thanks to the large number of volunteers who came on board to help make the 150th a reality.

“At one of our meetings, 24 volunteers showed up and it was wonderful. And then we listened to the ideas,” Towey said. “The original organizational part of the meeting was, what does everyone want to see happen? And a lot of it was about what happened. What has happened in the last 50 years? What was entertainment 50 years ago?Was it sack races, was it horseshoe tournaments?So we want to bring back a lot of old family entertainment type activities.

It was a noble task. The 150th falls on a very busy weekend with several communities in the area hosting their own celebrations. This means competition for vendors, groups, and entertainment opportunities.

It’s definitely not something a group can put together in a short time.

“Because there are so many things that you put in place a year ago,” Towey said. “You want to get your parade units, you want to get your marching bands. We want a strong flea market. If you want concussion wagons, you must have reserved them a long time ago. You can’t do it a month before.

And right in the middle of all this planning came the COVID-19 pandemic and suddenly everything changed. During this time, the committee and its subcommittees even struggled to meet and continue planning.

Down south they saw what happened to Lyle when he had to postpone his 150th birthday by a full year to 2021

“All we can do is try to see…we’ve put a lot more effort into solid planning over the past eight months,” Towey said.

This planning resulted in a very long list of activities. Beginning with a teen dance, a children’s theater presentation and a family movie on Thursday evening, the celebration takes place over four days with an abundance of activities and events.

Every day is filled with things that appeal to all ages.

Simply put: if you’re not having fun at Hayfield this weekend, you’re not trying hard enough.

Of the more than 40 events, Towey said a few stood out. The first will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Pool Park Field where the Rochester Roosters will face a team from Hayfield for some old-school baseball.

How old? Really old times.

The game will be played without gloves and will be very different from what Hayfield Vikings baseball fans are used to seeing.

“They’re going to come in their old school uniforms and there will be a community team to play them in old school uniforms,” ​​Towey said. “Right at the park, from 11 a.m. to noon there will be an explanation of what they are doing and from noon to 2 p.m. they have the game.”

There’s also a pair of Friday and Saturday night street dances with County Line Drive and Time Machine.

The anchor of it all is the Grand Parade at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

“We’re still working on it,” Towey said. “If anyone still wants to come in and be an entry in the parade, we’d be happy to take them. We’re hoping for a parade of around 100 units.

Underlying all of this, organizers hope to showcase the Hayfield Community like never before with a celebration that will leave people with a lasting impression of what it and its people have to offer.

Especially coming out of COVID and with a mountain of other concerns weighing heavily on people these days.

“I think one of the things I think about is how the last two years have been affected by COVID,” said fellow Celebrate Hayfield committee member Jen Hegna. “First of all, it’s monumental; it’s 150 years, but it’s a way for all of us to come together and celebrate our city in different ways. It’s for children, adults, families, teenagers — there really is something for everyone thanks to all our volunteers and our committees who have created the various events. That’s all in a nutshell. To have something like this after what we’ve been through as a community is pretty awesome.

The celebration can also serve as a means of attracting people to the community itself.

“I think the number one theme is a city celebrating a community,” Towey said. “Saying that we wanted to bring in as many people as possible from out of town so they could see what we’re made of. They can see our city. They can see how nice it is to be here. Especially the economy as it is, people are looking for small towns in many ways.

While the celebration is one for the history books, organizers also hope it will send a message to both the citizens of Hayfield and those returning for a visit.

That great things can come from small places.

“There’s something to be said for a small town,” Hegna said. “A small town where the majority of people know our neighbors, we know our local businesses, we know the school district.”

“The community that comes together for this stuff warms my heart,” she continued. “We are not just anonymous. If you want to connect with your community, you will find a way to do it and they are more than welcoming to you.”

For more information on events at the Hayfield Sesquicentennial or to try to get a spot in the parade, visit the Celebrate Hayfield website at: www.celebratehayfield.com/ or visit their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/ CelebrateHayfield.

Event calendar

All times and events are subject to change.

Thursday June 23

• Teen Dance, main stage, 7pm-10pm

• Children’s Theater – “Rainbow Fish” at Trinity Lutheran Church, 7:00 p.m.

• Family movie, Himle Park, 9:00 am

friday june 24

• Viking Pride Golf Tournament, Oaks Golf Course, 9:00 a.m.

• Quilt show at the Senior Center, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

• School Tours, Hayfield Public Schools, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

• Family Bingo at the American Legion, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

• Variety show on the Center Avenue stage, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

• Campfire, games and S’more! at Trinity Lutheran Church, 8 p.m.

• Street dancing for adults with County Line Drive on the main stage, from 9:00 p.m. to midnight

Saturday June 24

• 5,000km Heart Healthy Walk/Run from Himle Park, 7:30am

• Pancake Food for Boy Scouts at Hayfield Fire Station, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

• Mixed Volleyball Tournament at Himle Park, 8:00 a.m.

• Mush Softball Tourney at Himle Park, 8:00 a.m.

• Garden tour at 73524 200th Avenue, Hayfield, 8:30 a.m.

• Hayfield History Exhibit at Hayfield Town Hall, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

• Quilt Show at the Senior Center, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Bean Bag Tournament at Himle Park, 9:30 a.m.

• Flea and Farmer’s Market on Center Avenue, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Field of Flags Ceremony at Fieldcrest, 11 a.m.

• Roosters Baseball at Pool Park Field, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• City Carnival at the downtown parking lot, from noon to 8 p.m.

• Jim Jayes Magic Show, downtown, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

• Historical panel on the Center Avenue stage, 2:30 p.m.

• Ray Sands & The Polka Dots on the Center Avenue stage, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

• Hayfield Fire Department Fried Chicken at the Fire Hall, 4-8 p.m.

• Family Bingo at the American Legion, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

• Fireworks at Himle Park, dusk

• Street dancing for adults, Time Machine, from 9 p.m. to midnight.

Sunday June 26

• Omelettes and Bloody Marys at the American Legion, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Worship Service at Veterans Park, 9:30 a.m.

• Horseshoe Tournament at Himle Park, 9:30 a.m.

• Auto Show on Main Street, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

• Flea and Farmer’s Market on Center Avenue, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Vintage Fashion Show at Trinity Lutheran Church, 11:00 a.m.

• Tour of the Hayfield Pantry at Cedar Creek Church, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Hayfield Community Photo at Veterans Park, 12:30 p.m.

• Kiddie Parade at Veterans Park, 1:30 p.m.

• Grand Parade, 2 p.m.

• Red Barn Petting Zoo in Himle Park, after the parade

• Jim Jayes Magic Show at Himle Park, after the parade.

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