What's in, what's out at Genoa City Days
August 03, 2011 | 08:48 AMThe basic difference between this year's Genoa City Days and ones in previous years is this — more musical entertainment, no fishing.
The Genoa City Lions Club's major fundraising annual event enters its 29th year this weekend, Friday through Sunday, Aug. 5 to 7.
Chuck and Barb Schuren, who have co-chaired the event for 28 of its 29 years, said there are seven musical acts this year, which together provide a variety of styles and eras.
"We have more musical entertainment than we ever had before," Barb said. "That was one of the criticisms from before, so this year, we stacked it with performers."
They said the fishing tournament didn't come together, but the other mainstays of Genoa City Days — the parade, the fireworks and the Mud Bogs — remain as much a part of the long-running event as ever.
It's an event Barb said couldn't occur without the Genoa City Lions Club and the help of several people who make it possible.
Chuck said many people don't realize what the club does for the community, a club which not only helps provide sight to the blind but gives Genoa City and the rest of the public three days of music, mud and merriment.
"It's an event in a small community, to try to get people to come back for a day or two, to see their friends or relatives," Chuck said.
"If you don't celebrate your own hometown, no one else will," Barb said.
She said there was some minor schedule tweaking so the "loud" musical acts would play at night, than during the day, the lighter musical entertainment would take place so people could enjoy music and have conversations.
Friday and Saturday
The event kicks off Friday at 5 p.m., with food, drinks, inflatables, kids games and live music taking place in Veterans Park, where most of Genoa City Days will be. Ruthie the Singing DJ will play "hits of yesteryear," according to the event schedule. At 6 p.m., bingo with cash prizes will be at the park's north shelter.
The David Marshall Band is scheduled to play old and new country hits from 8 p.m. to midnight.
On Saturday, the Lions Club's annual blood drive is set from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For an appointment, call Lee Swenson at (262) 279-3316.
Contestants for the ATV Mud Bog event will register at 10 a.m. Lake 96.1 WLKG will broadcast from the event from 10 a.m. to noon.
At noon is the parade.
As in previous years, the parade is expected to begin at Prime Park, travel down Walworth to Freeman streets, to Highway H, to Fellows Road, to Veterans Park. According to the event schedule, the ATV Mud Bog event also begins at noon.
Then it's more live music, from 2 to 4 p.m., courtesy of the Eddie Cash Show, which specializes in music from the 1950s and 60s.
Chuck said Cash, like the other acts on the event schedule, was approached to play Genoa City Days because he "puts on a good show."
"We went to the McHenry Moose Lodge to see Eddie Cash," Chuck said. "I'll tell you, that guy can sing and sing and sing — and tell the stories that go along with each song."
Frankie Miglio, a Vegas-style entertainer, will perform from 5 to 7 p.m. Another game of bingo begins at the north shelter at 7 p.m.
From 8 p.m. to midnight, it's possibly the only band with local ties to the area — Chasing Amy.
Chuck said the band performed at Genoa City Days before.
"I didn't realize until last year how big a crowd they draw," he said.
At dark, it's another performance — but not a musical one.
The fireworks are set to take place over Veterans Park, courtesy of American Fireworks.
Chuck said last year he received several compliments about American's display.
"People kept talking about it last year," he said. "They kept thinking it would be over. The display would die down, then it would go up again. (The fireworks operators) kept doing that. They'd stop, then start, stop, then start. People were in awe. This guy just wanted to put on a really good show."
At 9 a.m., an ecumenical church service will be provided by the First Congregational-United Church of Christ in the park. Registration for the first Pauline Parker Memorial Mud Bogs begins at 9:30 a.m.
Parker, who died earlier this year, was a Walworth County Board supervisor and well-known throughout the community.
One of her sons, Ken, is a village trustee and is organizing this part of the event.
Chuck said the day before Pauline's funeral, he and Barb brought some soup to the Parker family.
He said he planted the seed with Ken of having a memorial Mud Bog event for Pauline.
"I was afraid they were going to pull out of Genoa City Days, (and) we miss her," Chuck said.
The Mud Bog event in her memory will occur at 1 p.m.
Prior to that, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Elvis Presley impersonator Peter Guerin will perform.
A German band, the Happy Dutchman, will perform from 1 to 2 p.m.
At 2 p.m., the Lions Club will honor the Genoa City Retirement Home with a special salute for the business and its 75th year of operations.
At 3 p.m., the Happy Dutchman will resume its performance until 6:30 p.m.
Another staple of Genoa City Days, the Harley raffle, will culminate at 7 p.m. Raffle winners will be announced, with the grand prize being a 2011 FLHX Street Glide Harley and display trailer, with a $500 Kutter gift certificate.