GALVA — There is a full slate of activities and entertainment set for this year’s Old Empire Days in Galva, which will take place Aug. 25 and 26.

“People who haven’t been here for a while just can’t believe how we’ve grown,” said Naomi Ford, who is organizing much of the event.

The traditional worship service and dessert potluck will start at 7 p.m. Aug. 25 at Park Henry. Participants should bring a dessert, table service and lawn chairs.

The “Cruise In Down Town” will start at 9 a.m. Aug. 26, with car owners able to come and go as they please. Other local antique vehicles will also be on display.

“It’s not just cars and trucks, motorcycles and semis can come, too,” Ford said. “It’s open to any kind of vehicle.”

Tom Nester will host a Santa Fe Trail Exhibit with a tipi beginning at 9 a.m. on Main Street.

Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and other concessions and refreshments will be sold at the Galva Community Building from 1 to 11 p.m. as a fundraiser for the Canton-Galva Band Department.

New to the event this year is homemade ice cream made by Austin and Tamika Koehn, available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 100 W. Second St. Flavors offered will include coffee caramel, peach crisp, sweet corn and blueberry, s’mores and peanut butter chocolate chunk.

Wolvespride Crafts will have a booth with face painting, sand art and other handmade soaps, candles and jewelry available from noon to 5 p.m. at 100 W. Second St.

A kids’ parade will take place from 1 to 1:15 p.m., starting in front of the fire station, 220 S. Main St.

“They can come and bring any kind of wheels — wagon, skateboard, bicycle, tricycle, whatever — or even just walk,” Ford said.

Carnival games will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. at 100 W. Second St., with the kid’s pedal pull starting at 2 p.m. at the same location.

Kasey the Clown will be entertaining audiences from 2 to 5 p.m. at 100 W. Second St., with a candy hunt for ages 3 through 8 held from 3 to 4 p.m. there as well.

A presentation about Empire life and early Galva history will be given by Emma Perera at 3 p.m. at the Galva Fire Department. Perera will give a first-person talk as Empire pioneer Mary Drum.

“Emma lives on the property that she lived on, so she feels like she has a connection with Mary Drum,” said Linda Andersen, a volunteer at the Galva Historical Museum.

The Canton-Galva football team will host rope making, rope a calf and a card game from 3 to 5 p.m. at 100 W. Second St.

The Great Treasure Hunt will be held from 3 to 6 p.m.

A tricycle obstacle course will be open from 3 to 6 p.m. on Main Street, along with an inflatable alligator slide at 100 W. Second St.

The popular bubble gum blowing and cookie stacking contests will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Main Street.

A car bash from 4 to 8 p.m. will raise funds for Nicole Nightingale, with participants able to make three hits for $1 (if under age 16) or $5 (for those 16 and older). Other contests and chances to win prizes will also benefit Nightingale, who is fighting breast cancer.

Attendees can take a ride on a vintage fire truck from 4 to 8 p.m., with pickup and drop off happening at the Galva Fire Station. A dunk tank open at the same time will benefit the Canton-Galva High School prom.

A barbecue with brisket, pulled pork, hot dogs and brats will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. as a fundraiser for the Galva Historical Museum. Pie and coffee will also be available; donations for those items will benefit the Galva Senior Center.

The future firemen’s competition for students in fourth, fifth and sixth grades will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Galva Fire Station.

A taekwondo presentation by the Black Belt Academy will start at 7:30 p.m. on Main Street.

Raffle tickets will be sold at the Galva Historical Museum, 204 S. Main St., from noon to 7:45 p.m., with drawings for the winners taking place at 8 p.m. on Main Street. Prizes include a quilt, cedar bench, car wash kits, corn hole set, home decor items and assorted gift baskets.

A fireworks display will take place at 9:30 p.m. at the ball park on North Main Street, after which a family-friendly street dance with music from Triple Play will be held in front of city hall.

For more information about Old Empire Days, contact Galva City Hall at 620-654-3561.

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