The Cedar Bluffs community will see sports, dancing and family fun this weekend with Cedar Days.
The annual festival, which runs from this Friday to Sunday, will return after its cancelation last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, said Jeff Beckman, director of the Cedar Bluffs Education Foundation Board.
“Last year in May, we decided not to go through with this just with everything going on,” he said. “You don’t want to start planning something with people counting on it and then have it canceled.”
But with the current trend of COVID-19 cases and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Three Rivers Public Health Department, Beckman said the festival is in a much better spot.
“A lot of our events, if not all of the events are all held outdoors, so we feel real comfortable this year with it,” he said. “There won’t be a mask mandate or anything like that, but people, if they feel more comfortable wearing a mask, they absolutely can do that.”
This year’s festivities will be begin on Friday with a 12U baseball game at Legion Field at 6 p.m., beer pong at the Cedar Bluffs Auditorium at 7 p.m. and a performance by The Radio Ecletric Band at Den Saloon at 8 p.m.
Following the baseball game, Beckman said an outdoor movie will be screened for the public.
“We’re playing ‘The Sandlot’ starting sometime between 9 and 9:15, kind of whenever it gets dark enough out for that movie to start,” he said. “We’ll also have a couple of food trucks down there.”
Saturday’s events includes alumni golf at 8:30 a.m. for $60 a person, as well as a street dance that night with a variety of music performed by The Fools.
On Sunday, Cedar Days will have corn hole at the Den Saloon at 1 p.m. At the same time, the festival will host its first parade going down Main Street. Participants can sign up on the event’s Facebook page.
‘”It’s got a “Driving Through the Decades’ theme,” Beckman said. “So hopefully we have some people with some older vehicles and tractors and stuff.”
At 2 p.m., a Family Fun Day event with a slip-n-slide, carnival and inflatables will be hosted at Village Park, with a lift-a-thon at 2:30 p.m.
As many residents have not been able to congregate for more than a year, Beckman said he’s looking forward to seeing people come together, socialize and just have fun in Cedar Bluffs.
“You couldn’t get together, you couldn’t play with your friends,” he said. “So I think more than anything this year, it’s just going to be seeing people out and about and socializing with each other.”