Welsh Days celebrates ‘where the strong reside’

Welsh Days celebrates ‘where the strong reside’


By Linda Petersen

Staff writer



WALES—Welsh Days this year on June 29 and 30 will feature many of the much-loved favorites. A Wales Tradition, the StrongMan competition, is just one of two such competitions in the state. It’s particularly fitting since the town’s motto is “Wales— where the strong reside.”

The two-day festival begins at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow with the Dutch oven cook-off at the park (150 S. State). Contact is Carol Jensen at 851-4599.

Afternoon activities include DUP bake sale at 3 p.m. and Jr. Strongman registration at 4 p.m. and competition at 4:30 p.m., with evening events of town raffle and Dutch oven judging beginning at 6:30 p.m. followed at 7 p.m. by the potluck dinner (meat provided, Dutch oven cook-off items included) so bring chairs and a dish to share. Live entertainment is from 8:30-11 p.m.

Saturday’s Fun Run registration at the park begins at 6:30 a.m. Contact is Lora Roberts at 469-1894. Half-mile fun run for children is at 7 a.m.; 5K Fun Run at 7:15 a.m. Flag ceremony is at 7:45 a.m. followed at 8 a.m. with Strongman registration and city breakfast in the park. A horseshoe tournament is at 9 a.m., with the Mammoth Parade at 10 a.m. Contact is Liz Brotherson at 469-0165.

Grand Marshals John and Wendy Taylor will lead the Mammoth Parade on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. (Organizers say they are happy to welcome last-minute entries. Just line up at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday).

Tickets for the traditional town raffle (which funds Welsh Days) are $1 each or six for $5. The raffle includes many prizes but the most coveted is the quilt made each year by Connie Lamb and the Quiltkeepers Quilt Guild.