A community tradition that spans more than 50 years returns this weekend in Middleton. The Good Neighbor Festival runs from Aug. 25-27 at Fireman's Park, featuring plenty of food, fun and music for the whole family to enjoy.
"The Year of the Volunteer" is meant to honor and appreciate all individuals and volunteer groups who dedicate their time, talents and resources to give back to their community. The theme is fitting for an event that's the biggest fundraiser for many of Middleton's nonprofits and charities, which rely and thrive on volunteers.
Some of the groups that will be represented include Boy Scouts, Kiwanis, Lions, Optimists and local VFW Posts. They are working together to provide a food court in the park shelter featuring burgers, brats, pizza and chicken tenders rather than multiple food stands.
As summer winds down and school starts up, be sure to spend some time outside with family. And with a carnival, craft fair, 5K run/walk and parades, what better place to do so than Middleton this weekend.
Friday: 5 p.m. to midnight
The festival kicks off Friday at 5:30 p.m. with a Kiddie Parade for youngsters to walk or ride decorated bikes around the Middleton High School area.
Stick around for balloon making, face painting, magic acts, laser tag and a musical tribute to the greats, like Elvis and Sinatra.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to midnight
Get your heart pumping during the 5K run/walk Saturday morning. Then browse over 100 vendors at the craft fair until 5 p.m., with live music throughout the day.
Around lunchtime, bring the family down to the park to watch a martial arts demonstration, participate in a trivia contest and meet animals from Patrick's Funny Farm. Later in the afternoon is a basketball contest and performance from a local teen comedian.
Several bands will play in the evening, including Madison County from 8 p.m. to midnight.
Sunday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The festival culminates with the big Good Neighbor Festival Parade at noon Sunday along University Avenue.
Be sure to get there early to claim your prime parade-watching spot, and head over to the festival grounds afterwards to take another look at the craft fair.
Kids can take another spin on the rides and try old-fashioned games like sack races and bean bag toss from 2-4 p.m., while parents can relax and listen to Red Hot Horn Dawgs and Pacific Coast Highway.