WALES— Running, dancing, eating and lifting all add up to Welsh Days, which will be celebrated at the Wales Town Park this coming Friday and Saturday.
The grand marshals will be Raymond and Dorothy Miller, who have lived in Wales since the early 1980s. Both have served on the town council, and Dorothy helped revive Welsh Days after the celebration stopped for several years. Kicking off the event on Friday at 5:30 p.m. will be a corn hole tournament. The cost is $10 per team. Teams can register at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A town raffle will follow at 6:30 p.m., in which attendees have a chance to win a quilt made by the QuiltKeepers Quilt Guild. The quilt is currently displayed in Wales Town Hall. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5.
Locals are encouraged to bring a can of food to donate to the food pantry to the town potluck, which will begin at 7 p.m.
Live entertainment from Junction 89, along with dancing, will close out the evening from 8:30 to 11 p.m.
Saturday will get off to an early start with Fun Run registration at the park at 6:30 a.m. and the half-mile children’s Fun Run at 7 a.m. The 5K Fun Run will start at 7:15 a.m.
A flag raising ceremony will follow at 7:45, with registration for the Strongman competition beginning at 8 a.m.
Also at 8 a.m. the Wales Town Council will serve breakfast for $5 per plate or $25 per family. The Mammoth Parade starts at 10 a.m.
As always, the centerpiece of the weekend, the Strongman Competition, where contestants compete in carrying or moving heavy objects such as logs, pipes and semi-truck tires will begin at 11 a.m. Participants must be present and registered by 8:30 a.m. Strongman hats and t-shirts will be available.
Children’s games will run from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the town park, while hamburgers and hot dogs will be sold from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.