Heritage students are Broadlands Festival's big winners

Heritage students are Broadlands Festival's big winners

BROADLANDS — Saturday's annual Broadlands Festival will offer numerous chances for attendees to help raise money for Heritage students.

The Heritage Performing Arts program will put on a 5K race during the festival, with participants starting at the high school, then running through town and into the country before finishing back at the school.

Runners can sign up on race day at the high school at 7:30 a.m. The race is scheduled to start at 8 a.m.

Other highlights of the village celebration:

— The Villa Grove/Heritage cheerleaders will hold a car wash from 8 to 10 a.m. at the high school.

The cheerleaders are asking for a $5 donation for each vehicle. Tickets are being sold before Saturday; holders will be entered into a drawing to win a VGH conference athletic pass and a Hawkwear T-shirt.

All of the proceeds will go toward the purchase of apparel and to help pay off any remaining summer-camp balances.

— Proceeds from the festival's softball tournament will fund scholarships for Heritage softball players.

The co-ed tournament is being held in memory of Myron Luth, who coached the ABL Recreational League Softball and Heritage High School teams for many years.

The tournament starts at 9 a.m. Teams must have at least 11 players — including five women — and all players must be high school age or older.

For more information on the tournament, send an email to mluthmemorial@gmail.com.

— At 10:30 a.m., the festival will feature its annual kiddie bike parade. Children can bring their bikes already decorated or go to the Broadlands Community Building at 6 p.m. Friday for help sprucing up their wheels.

— The tractor show will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with awards being handed out for rustiest tractor, dirtiest tractor, prettiest tractor and the tractor most likely not to make it home.

— A parade will take place at 11 a.m., followed by kids games in the afternoon, a bags tournament and Bingo.

— Also on tap: more traditional activities, including a breakfast at Lincoln Street Lounge (5-10 a.m.), bounce houses (starting at 9 a.m.) and street vendors (starting at 9:30 a.m.).

— The festival will finish with two musical performances — Britt Black at 5 p.m. and the Caleb Cook Band at 7:30 p.m.