Cambridge Main Street plans summer full of events

Sandy Hull
Cambridge Main Street

    Cambridge Main Street is gearing up for its summer festivities.

    The group will continue to hold its monthly bingo evening for individuals 50 and over during the summer months at Bella Pizza in downtown Cambridge. The evening includes a supper and a night of bingo from 5 to 7 p.m. Upcoming dates include June 23, July 28, August 25 and Sept. 22.

    On Saturday, May 7, Main Street sponsored Sidewalk Sale Days in downtown Cambridge. Approximately 20 vendors were on hand to greet customers.

    More Sidewalk Sale Days are scheduled for June 4, July 2, Aug. 6 and Sept. 3.

    Individuals do not have to have a business downtown to participate. Individuals are welcome to set up a booth displaying crafts, home party items and more.

    A community hog roast and movie in the park will be held Saturday, June 18, beginning 4 p.m. at College Square Park.

    “This old fashioned picnic is a great way to bring people together for a day,” stated Deb VanDeWoestyne, Cambridge Main Street director. “It offers an occasion for friends and family to enjoy a great meal and games for the children.”

    The Cambridge High School band will perform following the meal. In case of rain, the meal will be served at the Cambridge Community Hall.

    On Saturday, July 9, Cambridge Main Street will have a garden walk and possibly a chair decorating contest.

    Currently Main Street has three gardens and Munson Cemetery on their tour line up. Anyone interested in being on the garden tour can contact the Main Street office. A garden doesn’t have to feature a waterfall or any other specific attraction in order to be on the tour. Being on the tour doesn’t require anything from the garden owner other than being on hand so when people come through on the tour if they have questions regarding flower types or ideas, they may ask.

    Gardens lined up include Dale and Linda Doubler’s, Randy and Wanda Hepner’s and Larry and Maxine McKinley’s. George and Mary Bowman’s garden is usually open every year for the walk as well, featuring a wide variety of hostas and perennials.

    Saturday, Aug. 20, will be the 9th annual Car Show and Family Fest in downtown Cambridge. While the car show is still months away Main Street is currently accepting car show entry fees as well as vendor registrations.

    Robbie’s Service Station is the featured business this year and will be featured on this year’s t-shirt design.

    “We’re rounding up the best cars, trucks and motorcycles for the annual fest and auto show to be held in downtown Cambridge,” said VanDeWoestyne. “We will also hold a ‘Just for Fun Dog Show,’ in conjunction with the event.”

    There will be 24 different classes from original restored stock before 1949 through the present, street rods, modified, pro street, original restored two wheel-drive trucks, modified two wheel-drive trucks, four wheel-drive trucks, motorcycles, special interest, teens, imports, under construction, 4-door models and 'Vettes.

    For more information about the dog show or car show, phone the Main Street office at (309) 937-2633.

    New to the line up this year is a Wapsi Wranglers Old West Re-enactment Show which will be held at Heritage Village.

    Other activities during the day include a three-on-three basketball tournament, sand volleyball tournament and a mush ball tournament, all sponsored by the Cambridge Youth Sports League. Anyone wishing to sign up for one of the tournaments should call (309) 937-2425.

    The Cambridge Junior High School dance teams and Ridgewood dance team will perform throughout the day. The dance teams will also host a talent contest, cow chip bingo and a bake sale.

    The Cambridge Historical Park will be open during the day and also serving food to those attending.

    The Old, Odd and Unusual Museum will also be open for individuals to tour.

    The Cambridge Public Library will host a used book sale during the day and N and G Scale Train Show is also slated.

    Dee Dee’s Acrosports will also perform.

    “We are now accepting registrations for crafters and vendors for the fest and car show,” said VanDeWoestyne. “Booth sizes are approximately 10 by 10. Limited electricity is available, but we will need to know in advance.”

    Vendors will be located in and around Memorial Park.

    “I want to encourage people to come out and enjoy these local events,” said VanDeWoestyne. “We are trying to listen to what people want for activities and events.”

   For more information about these events, call VanDeWoestyne at (309) 937-2633, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon.