OCONTO–Let the fun begin! The annual Oconto Fun Days weekend kicks off with a mystery scavenger hunt and movie on Friday, ends with a golf scramble on Sunday, and is packed with plenty of festivities for the whole family all day on Saturday.
Dani Eggleston has been involved with the Colton’s Crusaders 5K Run/Walk since her son Colton passed away six years ago from leukemia at the age of seven. She said it means so much to the family to see the community remembering Colton and joining the fight against childhood cancer.
“That’s the biggest part is that they’re [people in the community] so kind and they just keep remembering Colton because that’s the biggest thing for us is that everybody just remembers him and says his name,” Dani Eggleston told KCNI/KBBN.
The theme for this year’s race and parade, according to Dani, is red, white, and blue “America strong!”
Oconto grows by leaps and bounds during the Fun Day weekend and Dani said she loves seeing friends, family, and all the “small town vibes.”
“We’re such a small town but everybody is a great support and they come out and support all these great things that get put on,” Dani Eggleston said.
Friday, July 1
5:30 p.m. Mystery Scavenger Hunt (Register at Oconto Public Library)
9:30 p.m. Movie Shown south of the Oconto school building “The Sandlot.” Bring your own lawn chair and drink. Sponsored by Kevin Gates.
Saturday, July 2
8/8:30 a.m. Registration for the race ($20 for adults, $15 for children)
9 a.m. Colton’s Crusaders 5K Fun Run/Walk
Contact Dani Eggleston for more information at 308-293-5195
9 a.m. Homemade Ice Cream (Farmer’s Bank Building) Served by the American Legion Auxiliary
10 a.m. Parade Line Up (At the school ball field) Contact Sandy Eggleston at 308-858-4400 or 308-858-4878
11 a.m. Parade. Theme “United We Stand”
12 p.m. Free Lunch (Community Building) Served & provided by the Oconto Boosters
After Lunch Corn Hole Tournament. Contact Karen Dockweiler at 308-870-3458 to register or show up by the bleachers along Grand Avenue.
1 p.m. Critter Races–Turtles, Toads, & Salamanders (Grand Avenue Downtown) Sponsored by First Interstate Bank of Callaway
2 p.m. Races, Egg & Balloon Toss, Ping Pong Ball Drop. Prizes–Money!
6 to 6:30 p.m. Alumni Banquet Registration (Community Building)
6:30 p.m. Alumni Banquet (Community Building) The public is invited to attend!
9 p.m. Fireworks (Downtown Oconto)
Sunday, July 3
4-Person Golf Scramble (Location TBA) Lunch available–call ahead to register. Contact Amy (Shea) Oxford at 308-870-0885 to register your team.