Wild West Days about ready for weekend thrill ride

by Nathan Warner
Contributing writer

Wild West Days is rearing to rumble into Zimmerman next week from Thursday, May 24 through Monday, May 28, with events to cheer the entire family. “Bigger and better,” Bill Potrament, president of the Zimmerman Civic Club, said concerning this year’s event. “There’s plenty of great new stuff and old favorites to entertain people of all ages.” The famous Wild West Days parade starts at noon at Zimmerman High School, routing down Fremont Avenue and Main Street and promises to be as engaging as ever. This year, children of military families, dressed in patriotic regalia, will be honored by participating in the parade as apart of the Grand Marshal Tribute to military families.

Featuring a slower pace, a camel offered the crowd plenty of entertainment while making its way along the parade route.

Among the new events this year are the bungee cord trampolines, Rain Gutter Regatta and the turtle races. Also promising to be rousing this year is the second annual Zimmerman’s Got Talent Show contest that will take place at the Zimmerman Civic Building by the ball field and promises incredible local talents to compete.

“We are hoping to have a couple amazing seventh- and eighth-grader singers from Zimmerman Middle School participating,” Denice Johnson, treasurer for the Zimmerman Civic Club, said, “so if it’s even remotely close to last time’s event, it should be amazing.”

Also new this year, the ancient and genuine ethnic Dance Caravan Dance Company is offering their services at no charge for the event and will be performing in the food court after the parade on Saturday.

Classic cars were a hit at last year’s Wild West Days parade.

If you like music, Zimmerman Bowl will feature DJ Tuck & J-mon on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and Shane Martin Band on Friday with Blackout on Saturday, while the Zimmerman Bar and Grill will have a street dance on Friday with the Shawn Brothers Band and a street dance on Saturday with Roy Dawson & The Bootleggers. There will also be musical events at the Lions Beer Garden and The American Legion.

Sunday evening will see Wild West Days beginning to wind down with a bang — fireworks are at 10 p.m., sponsored by the American Legion, the American Legion Auxiliary and The Bank of Elk River.

“I just want to thank everyone in advance for their incredible work and dedication making this event possible,” Potrament said. “Wild West Days 2012 is going to be nothing short of amazing, so come and see.”

Visit the Zimmerman Civic Club for more information, including entry forms and directions, at www.zimmermancivicclub.org.