Sam Crisler, The Waverly News
EAGLE – Tracey Masek has never had to participate in the Water Wars during Eagle Fun Day. The event, which sees firefighters battling with powerful hoses, is the talk of the town during the annual community celebration. But there’s so much going on every year that it’s impossible to cover everything.
Masek is president of Eagle Vision, a local non-profit organization that hosts Eagle Fun Day on June 25 this year.
Masek’s duties for the day include overseeing the Rev Up Eagle car and bike show, which occupies a piece of land near the Eagle’s public pool and features luxury vehicles of all kinds, from roadsters to racing cars.
“We’ve had everything from motorcycles that have been upgraded and look great, to old trucks and new Corvettes,” Masek said.
The Automobile and Motorcycle Show awards awards based on the opinions of motorists, but perhaps even more prestigious is the Kids’ Choice Award. Children who participate receive a sticker that says “I was a junior referee,” Masek said.
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Other Eagle Fun Day morning activities include a Boy Scout Breakfast fundraiser at Eagle United Methodist Church from 7 am to 11 am, a charity silent auction from 9 am to 3 pm, and an all-day sand volleyball tournament, first serve at 8 am
According to Masek, even the bingo at Eagle Legion Hall from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm is not to be missed. The competition is getting competitive and breaking down the misconceptions that bingo is the game most enjoyed by older people.
“You do what you want,” Masek said. “A few years ago, before COVID, me and a whole bunch of ladies walked in and we were just hooting and screaming and having a good time.”
In the afternoon there is a Kids’ Mini Carnival (at Eagle Park from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm), which in years past included games for the kids, a magician and face painting. Members can earn tickets by playing games and redeem tickets for prizes.
“Looks like Chuck E. Cheese, but on the outside,” Masek said.
At 2:30 pm, the centerpiece of the Day of Fun with the eagle and Masek’s favorite will be a parade that this year will be themed “Welcome to the Jungle” and the Eagle Vision platform will be adorned with vines, leaves and jungle animals.
“Every year we do something fun and encourage all parade participants to support this theme,” Masek said.
She clarified that the theme has little to do with the classic Guns N’ Roses song, although Axl Rose’s “We’ve got fun and games” would make a good mantra for Eagle Fun Day.
There will also be plenty of food options, with several Lincoln and Eagle food trucks opening stores throughout the day, including The Bean Box (coffee, pastries), FlyDogz (gourmet hot dogs), and Crepe Café (French pancakes). However, Masek is most excited about Paco’s Tacos, which is owned by Eagle Vision board member Paco Rodriguez.
“You smell the tacos and you just have to eat them,” Masek said.
As Eagle Fun Day fades into night, it will be crowned by a beer garden near Bailey’s Local and nearby street dancing to the music of Omaha band 4 On The Floor. Fireworks will begin at Eagle Park starting at 22:00. It’s a climactic way for the village to end another year of celebrating its neighbors and people who make the Eagle unique.
“It’s really just a community gathering,” Masek said. “We want the community to get outside and enjoy each other’s company. Eagle is a great place to live, so we just want to enjoy it.”
A full list of Eagle Fun Day events can be found in the Market Weekly insert.
Sam Crisler is a reporter for The Waverly News. Contact him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.