Batavia Days begin Friday

Batavia will be the site of fun and games this weekend during Batavia Days.

The event begins Friday night and runs all day Saturday.



The Ryan Brewington Memorial Slow Pitch Softball Tournament starts Friday and ends Saturday at the Batavia City Ball Park and Playground. The entry fee is $125 per team, and players can buy unlimited homerun bands for $10 each prior to the first game. ASA-approved bats only.

The event is a fundraiser that also honors the late Ryan Brewington. For more information, contact Kyle Brewington at 641-777-0688.

A painting class will begin at 6 p.m. in the community center. The fee is $20. Pre-registration is required, and can be done by contacting Tycene Weber at 919-4442.



The Batavia Masonic Lodge Breakfast will be from 6-9 a.m. in the Masonic Lodge. Public is welcome with a free will donation.

The silent auction bake sale will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the old Legion building, with items picked up at 6 p.m. All proceeds go to the Jefferson County Lord?s Cupboard in Fairfield. The public is invited to bring its best cookies, pies, cakes, jellies and jams.

The parade will begin at 10 a.m. The grand marshals this year are Mark and Tycene Weber. The Batavia Fire Department will host its annual brat-pork sandwich lunch immediately following the parade.

The Fairfield Shrine Club is hosting its second Annual Back Yard BBQ. Participants will meet at 7:30 a.m. in front of the pavilion, and begin cooking after the meeting. Items will include ribs, chicken, mystery meat and homemade ice cream. Judging will start at 3 p.m. A free will dinner will follow from 4-6 p.m. in the community building, and the ice cream will be donated to TTT for its social at the same time and place.

It costs $60 to enter. First and second places will be paid, with a $500 grand prize. A plaque will be given to the best ice cream. Register by calling Mike Davison at 919-4145 or Dennis Davison at 451-1429.

The Batavia Library will hold an open house and have a used book sale.

Signup for the baby contest begins after the parade, and the contest starts at noon in the community building.

The Kids? Pedal Pulls start at noon in the pavilion. Signup also begins after the parade. Kids? games such as the nickel scramble, candy dash and the pop walk start after the pedal pull in the pavilion.

The kids? painting class for ages 5-15 starts at 2 p.m. in the community building. Pre-registration is required by calling Weber.

Hypnotist Cheryl Shagen performs at 5:30 p.m. in the pavilion.


Weber?s last year

Weber said this will be her last year of organizing Batavia Days, and is hopeful other volunteers will come forward to carry the torch. She said one of the staples of the event, the tractor and garden tractor pull, had to be canceled because there were not enough volunteers to run it. She mentioned that there is also a lack of volunteers lined up for the annual Haunted House fundraiser in the fall, so there probably won?t be one.

Batavia Days has often had a band, but will not this year. Weber said that the committee that puts it on decided that spending money on kids, such as through its scholarship program, was more important.

Weber said this is her 10th year of helping put on Batavia Days. Years ago, the festival was known as Happy Days and included a carnival. She said it has become prohibitively expensive for small towns like Batavia to hire a carnival because of insurance rates.