SHERIDAN — Memorial Day weekend is considered the official start of summer, but for the members of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Lester J. Sitts VFW Post 5065 in Sheridan it begins in January.
Auxiliary members and Springfest committee volunteers Sue Mocherman and Jean Petersen have been planning this weekend’s events since the beginning of the year. Mocherman and Petersen and other countless volunteers have had the honor and a privilege to recognize the efforts of America’s veterans and active duty along with stressing this Memorial Day weekend event is geared toward family.
“It is on the theme of Memorial Day,” Mocherman said. “I know it is called Sheridan Springfest, but each year it is mainly remembering your loved ones, deceased ones, veterans and just being with your family during the long weekend.”
Many events during Springfest are designed around the idea of fun for everyone with the hope people come out and take part of the many activities planned all weekend.
“We want people come out to relax, we want the community to remember and enjoy being outside together,” Mocherman said.
There will be plenty of activities and food and don’t forget on Sunday all those homemade goodies for those looking to sit back and enjoy a cool treat.
“Sunday we have our ice cream social,” Petersen said. “You can enjoy our homemade ice cream we just finished making yesterday along with our cakes and pies, which are all homemade.”
The events start at 7 p.m. Thursdaywith the annual Springfest Queen pageant. On Friday, the flea and crafters market opens and runs all weekend, along with the carnival and pony rides. On Saturday, many events begin around 9 a.m. The car show, burn out and stereo competition is 3 p.m. Saturday.
“The burn out competition is awesome,” Mocherman said. “If you have not seen the burn out competition that is the thing to see.”
The fun on Saturday winds down with the fireman’s parade at 9 p.m.
“There is free hotdogs in the VFW parking lot,” Petersen said. “People can see the fire trucks before the parade, enjoy a hotdog and kid’s can ask questions.”
On Memorial Day at 11 a.m., the grand parade will take place. This year’s parade theme is “Remember the POWs-MIAs.”
“We want to welcome everyone to our Sheridan Springfest,” Mocherman said. “Come out enjoy the activities and hopefully the beautiful weather.”
For many years, Springfest has been part of the village of Sheridan. Mocherman said she has been planning Springfest for 15 years and wants the public to know you do not need to be part of the Ladies Auxiliary to be on the planning committee.
“If they want to help in the future or even help improve future Sheridan Springfest we are open for suggestions and volunteers,” Mocherman said. “Contact Jean or I here at the VFW post if anyone is interested.”
Call the Sheridan VFW Post at (989) 291-9680 for more information.