By LeAnn R. Ralph
COLFAX — You know what they say — time flies …
After months of planning by members of the Colfax Commercial Club, the Colfax Founder’s Day Main Street Block Party is almost here and will feature live music on Main Street from noon until midnight this Saturday.
The event begins Saturday morning, August 15, at 7:30 a.m. with a pancake breakfast at Colfax Lutheran, located at the corner of Balsam and River Street in Colfax.
Actually, let’s back up a step.
The Block Party begins Thursday evening at 7 p.m. with Music in the Park at Tower Park next to the Colfax Municipal building with Jim Herrick and Friends.
The August 13 concert is the culmination of the summer music series at the park sponsored by the Colfax Woman’s Club and also features the annual pie sale by the Colfax Municipal Building Restoration Group.
The festival weekend continues with a pig roast at Colfax Health and Rehabilitation Center Friday evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with food, games, raffles and music. You can dine in or take out.
Colfax Health and Rehab is located at 110 Park Drive in Colfax. (Look for the Big Yellow House on the south side of town.)
Saturday morning, the Colfax Lutheran pancake breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. and runs until 10:30 a.m.
Either before or after your pancake breakfast, stop by the craft fair at the Commercial Testing Lab’s parking lot on River Street. The craft fair begins at 9 a.m. and goes until 2 p.m.
As of August 7, 14 of the 16 vendor spots had been spoken for and included pallet crafts, wool mittens, scarves, walker pockets, clothespin bags and pottery.
The Colfax Arts and Antique Mall will be open for business on Saturday, too, along with Flowers 2 Go and Cafe II Coffee Shop and Bakery.
Main Street in Colfax will be detoured beginning around 9 a.m. Saturday morning, which means the Block Party gets to take up all of Main Street all day until 2 a.m. Sunday morning.
The Colfax Sno Drifters will be sponsoring a car show on Main Street from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The entry fee for the car show is $10, and trophies will be awarded to Best of Show and to second and third places.
Public voting slips will be available at the registration table.
Register in the Karl’s Chevrolet parking lot.
If you have questions, please contact Greg Larson (715-456-9210) or Mike Buchner (715-704-9331).
The Visit Eau Claire Fun Patrol will be at the Block Party from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with games, prizes and a bean bag toss.
According to Visit Eau Claire’s website, “Our Fun Finders are always revved up and ready to roll!”
The Colfax Railroad Museum will be open for tours from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday.
The museum features more than 400 sets of dining car china.
Every railroad had its own unique set of china to serve guests in the dining car.
If you have ever wondered what the inside of the stone depot looks like or a caboose or a passenger car or a grain car, here’s your chance.
Colfax Kiwanis will be serving hamburgers and bratwurst on Main Street from noon until 6 p.m.
The Buck Snort will be open for business and will be serving food inside and outside.
A Little Slice of Italy and Mom’s on Main will be open for business too.
Mom’s on Main will set up as a street vendor downtown and plans to begin serving a variety of food at noon, such as hot dogs, tacos, french fries, and potato wedges with melted cheese.
Little Italy will be set up as a street vendor in the evening serving foot-long hotdogs.
During the day, the Colfax Lutheran Youth Group will be holding a pie and ice cream social that will include root beer floats.
And Chris Olson will be selling funnel cakes and popcorn to support the Colfax Lutheran Youth Group.
The Colfax Commercial Club will be sponsoring a beer tent on Main Street. Tickets will go on sale at 11 a.m. and can be “spent” at the beer tent on beverages, candy and for the 50-50 raffle.
The music will start at the Block Party with the Top Notchmen polka band playing on Main Street from noon to 4 p.m.
A polka dance-off is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. with prizes for age categories of up to 20, 21 to 39, 40 to 60 and 61 and older. Registration for the event is at 2 p.m.
The Top Notchmen features Dave and Lois Melgaard of Chippewa Falls, and they play country classics, swing music and a variety of polka selections.
“Hickory” will play the next set from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Main Street.
Hickory is a “revival” band that was first formed in 1979 and features several of the original band members. The group plays a variety of music, older and contemporary, country and rock.
Hickory includes Craig Peterson on guitar; Jeff DeMoe on drums; Keith Luer on guitar and Mike Shepherd on base. Angie Anderson plays the keyboard and adds a strong, vibrant voice to the band’s selections.
Hickory played to a packed crowd in Tower Park for the opening concert in the Colfax Woman’s Club Music in the Park series June 18 and also played to a sizable crowd at the Colfax Free Fair.
The band “Stimulus Package” from the Twin Cities will play from 8 p.m. until midnight.
According to the band’s website, “no genre is off limits from classic rock to rockin’ country and everything in between.”
Stimulus Package plays a variety of venues, including casinos, weddings and community events.
The band’s extensive playlist includes “All About That Bass,” “Brick in the Wall,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “Fishing in the Dark,” “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” “Keep Your Hands to Yourself,” “Let it Go,” “Never Been Any Reason,” and “Proud Mary.”