Crazy Days become 'Discovery'
Madison's end-of-July celebration has been renamed from Crazy Days to Madison Discovery Day.|
The traditional two-day event featuring citywide sales and activities has been condensed to one day filled with many of the same events, along with some new additions.
"We want to make this as full and active a day to experience retail options and day-long activities," said Chamber of Commerce Director Rosie Jamison.
Some of the new additions include large inflatables for all ages; a mini tennis activity sponsored by the Madison Tennis Association; an evolution demonstration by the Madison Fire Department; an evening grill-out; Lazertag opportunities; a country showdown sponsored by KJAM; and open bowling at Cherry Lanes.
Second Street Diner is sponsoring a Cruise Night; Rustic AxeCents, LLC will give a sawmill wood-cutting demonstration in the morning; and local artist John Green will have a painting demonstration. Organizers hope to include musical entertainment throughout the day on Egan Avenue.
"There's a lot of additions," Jamison said.
Volunteers and groups interested in helping or sponsoring an activity are still welcome.
Montgomery's Furniture will bring back the Hitchin' Post Petting Zoo, and free swimming and games will be taking place at the Madison Aquatics Center. In order to bring all of those events together, Jamison said, the Lebahn Family Train will be providing free rides from downtown Madison to Washington Ave. and the Aquatics Center.
A pizza-eating contest takes place at noon; the South Dakota Association of Rural Water Systems is hosting a water carnival at 3 p.m.; and the annual ping pong drop will be held at 4 p.m.
The day kicks off with Saturday sidewalk sales at 7 a.m., the annual road races at 8 a.m. and the Kids Fun Run at 9 a.m. Participants in the road races register at www.allsport.com. There is no fee for participation in the Kid's Fun Run, but registration is encouraged. Jamison said participants receive a complimentary T-shirt while supplies last, so those who register the day of the race are not guaranteed a T-shirt.
Mart in the Park is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Library Park.
"We want people to come and experience this," Jamison said. "We've compressed the days but hopefully enhanced the experience for retail stores."
Jamison said retail bargains may start in advance of the Saturday event and shoppers are encouraged to watch for advertisements.
Woven into the Saturday event is also the grand opening celebration for the new owners at Madison Discount Liquor.
The annual event is co-sponsored by the Chamber's Rec and Tournament Committee and the Community Promotions Committee.
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