The annual Galva Old Empire Days will kick off at 7 p.m. Tuesday with a worship service conducted by Park Henry and a potluck dessert event.

The annual Galva Old Empire Days will kick off at 7 p.m. Tuesday with a worship service conducted by Park Henry and a potluck dessert event.
On Wednesday, a variety of community events will be conducted in downtown Galva. Some of the activities for children include games, an inflatable, pedal pull, an identification program and a tricycle obstacle course.
For adults, there will be a car and motorcycle show at 2 p.m. downtown, a car bash from 2 to 8 p.m. and the annual “There She Blows” car event between 3 and 6 p.m.
The car bash is a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. People donate funds to Habitat for the chance to beat up an old car. In “There She Blows,” the oil is drained from a vehicle, and spectators try to estimate how long the vehicle will run before the engine ceases to run.
In some cases, the engine has stopped immediately. However, the car has lasted for as long as 20 minutes.
Events new to this year’s festival are a rope-making demonstration, a bike rodeo and the Empire Days 5K run.
For more information on the run, email
Most of the events will take place in downtown Galva and are at no cost.
A raffle will be conducted for a variety of items, including quilts, gift certificates, and gift packages for children, men and women.
In conjunction with Empire Days, the Galva Friends of the Sunflower/Santa Fe Trail and the Central Kansas Conservancy invites the public to a ribbon cutting at noon at the west trailhead in Galva.
The groups are celebrating the opening of the first mile of trail in the Galva area.
The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place north on McPherson Street, just south of the railroad tracks, then west to the edge of town, or just north of the school.
The following is a schedule of Empire Days events on the Fourth of July:
7:30 a.m. — Empire Days 5K Run
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Walking tacos at the senior center
Noon to 7:45 p.m. — Raffle tickets sold at the Galva Museum
1 to 11:30 p.m. —Concessions and refreshments at the Galva Community Room (Fundraiser for the Immanuel Lutheran Group)
1 to 1:15 p.m. — Patriotic Decorated Bike Parade/Contest at the fire station
1 to 6 p.m. — Duck pond/disc drop game
1 to 7 p.m. — Train show, 100 W. Second St.
1:30 to 5:30 p.m. — Face painting at 100 W. Second St.
1:15 to 2 p.m. — Bicycle rodeo, 100 W. Second St.
1:15 p.m. — Kid’s pedal pull, 100 W. Second St.
2 to 7 p.m. Cruise-In Down-Town Galva, 100 block of North Main (All cars and motorcycles are welcome.)
2 to 8 p.m. — Car bash (Habitat for Humanity fundraiser)
3 to 6 p.m. — Great Treasure Hunt — Main Street
Tricycle obstacle course
“There She Blows” car blowout
3:30 to 5 p.m. — Rope making, 100 W. Second St.
3:30 to 6 p.m. — McPherson Black Belt Academy Tae Kwon Do (Free five-minute lessons) 100 W. Second St.
4 to 6 p.m. — I-DENT-A-KID, Galva City Hall
Bubble gum and cookie stacking
4 to 8 p.m. — Dunk tank on Main Street
5 to 7 p.m. — Cookout barbecue on Main Street (Galva Historical Society fundraiser)
6:30 p.m. — Future Fireman’s competition — Main Street — Galva Fire Department
7:45 p.m. — Candy hunt for 3- to 8-year-olds, inside city building
8 p.m. — Drawing for prizes
Dusk — Fireworks on North Main Street
A street dance will follow the fireworks DJ’d by Todd Vogts of The Lucky Se7en DJ Services.