by Adam Gruenewald
In relying on traditional events mixed in with some new ideas, Cologne Glad Days organizers are preparing for yet another successful event.
Organizers Betsy Pysick and Paula Gort updated the council on ongoing plans for the 3-day festival during their regular meeting on April 3.
“We’re doing great and our Glad Days committee is really strong,” said Pysick.
Held July 27 to 29, the 16th annual Cologne Glad Days will feature a “Backyard Bash” theme.
Pysick said the theme arose from the success and positive responses of last year’s farm theme.
“People are liking the hometown theme, so we were trying to stick with something that would be similar to that,” she said.
In addition to familiar growing events such as a Glad You’re My Neighbor contest and wine tasting on Thursday.
Friday’s kid fest activities will feature a concert as well as tent, vehicle and truck events.
“It’s takes less manpower to do and kids seem to really like that,” said Pysick, adding they are looking for people with different connections to vehicles. “We have some pretty big tractors coming in. We’ll still do some games as well.”
The festival also includes men’s and women’s softball tournaments, bounce houses, numerous games, fire truck rides, 5K and a kids run with a costume theme this year. An annual BBQ contest will be coming back as well.
“Everyone is pretty much loving what we’re doing,” said Pysick, eager for this year’s tractor cruise as well. “And the new things that we tried last year really were inexpensive for us to do.”
Dueling DJ’s Iceman and Ratchet Jaws will be the highlighted bands for Saturday.
In their request to council, Pysick and Gort asked the city to continue to donate funds for the tent and stage as well as garbage cleanup and portable restrooms, which will likely be approved by the council at their next meeting.
In other news, council members discussed a pair of lighting projects for the city.
The first item was the approval of base replacement for three original trail light poles from 2011 at the cost of $500 from Xcel Energy,
Council member Kyle Evenski said the trail lights replacement project is a necessity, but they also need to look and preventative measures for future damage to the bases.
“If we’re looking at ways to revitalize Cologne and make it look it pretty, this has got to be done in my opinion,” he said. “With as often as the trail is being used, it’s a visible thing.”
Cologne City Administrator Jesse Dickson also suggested that additional lights around the trail around the lake could improve illumination, a concept which was discussed by council but not officially decided upon.
The second light project, involving solar lights for the welcome signs on the west and east ends of town was approved at the cost of $1,556.98 from Fort Myers, Florida-based Solar Illuminations.
Council members also OK’d temporary liquor licenses for the Cologne Lions on May 30 and Oct. 28, an exempt gambling permit for the Cologne Lions on Oct. 28, a summer liquor license for the Cologne Baseball Association, and a water treatment facility pay request #6 in the amount of $285,054.22 to DiMar Construction and approved part-time summer hires Alex Logelin and Andrew Zeisel and approved a payment of $8,650 to New Prague-based Quality Flow Systems, Inc. for a return activated sludge pump replacement.
The Cologne Council will next meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 17.
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