There are going to be a few new spins on a longstanding Six Lakes tradition when Dizzi Daze gets under way Friday. This year’s three-day festival also features many long-standing favorites, including the ever-popular duck race.
One of the new offerings is a classic car show, slated for Saturday, immediately following the Dizzi Daze Parade at 11 a.m. Organized by volunteer Dan VanderVeen, the show is free to anyone with a classic or souped-up car or truck.
According to VanderVeen, organizers are not expecting participation to be particularly high this first year; the event is being held on a “let’s see what happens” basis.
“This is my first time doing this kind of show,” VanderVeen said. “I’ve been to a lot of car shows, but never run one. I didn’t ask for pre-entries; folks can just sign up when they show up. I know eight or 10 guyswith cars that are going to be there, above that I’ve got no idea. If I have 25 turn up I’ll be tickled, but we’re ready for up to 100.”
Despite the lack of an entry fee, VanderVeen is still offering three trophies to the top-showing cars, though the categories for those trophies are being kept a secret until show day. VanderVeen also has managed to line up several door prizes to pass among contestants.
Those wishing to check out the classic cars will have to do so immediately following the parade, however VanderVeen plans to wrap the show by 12:30 p.m.
“I’ve been to a lot of cars shows that lasted way too long,” VanderVeen said. “At this one we’re going to award the trophies early. If they still want to sit around talking cars all afternoon, they can, if not, that’s good, too.”
VanderVeen added that, if the show is a success, he would consider hosting it again next year.
Two Dizzi Daze favorites, fireworks and the duck race, will be making a return appearance. The fireworks show, set for Friday night following the fireman’s parade, promises to be one of the best in years.
Volunteer Carol Bokache, whose daughter, Gina Kotenko, heads up the Dizzi Daze Committee, said this year’s fireworks will be spectacular.
“Everybody’s excited about it,” Bokache said. “We’re hoping for great weather. Belvidere Township sponsors the fireworks and we certainly appreciate that. They always have a very good display.”
Bokache added that many service groups and area businesses work together to make each year’s event a success.
“All the groups and organizations have their own things going on every year,” Bokache said. “Everything goes quite smoothly these days. Even so, we’re always keeping our eye out for some new activity or event we can add.”
It’s unlikely anything will top the Dizzy Daze duck race in popularity, however. A Six Lakes staple, the duck race features hundreds of small, plastic ducks, each with a number on the bottom. Ducks may be purchased for $3 each and entered in a race down the river, with the first three ducks to cross the line winning prizes for their owners.
“People tend to get really excited about the duck race,” Bokache said. “We usually sell about 200 ducks.”
The duck race is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday. Ducks are available for purchase at The Little Store and Six Lakes Hardware.
Also new this year is a fishing tournament, set for 4 p.m. Saturday, sponsored by Sadler’s Great Outdoors.
Other scheduled activities include a Lion’s Club fish fry, live music downtown, a pancake breakfast, church bake sale, a co-ed softball tournament, a horseshoes tournament, tractor pull, dance and more. A complete schedule of events is available on the Six Lakes Dizzi Daze Facebook page and at most Six Lakes businesses.
“There’s always fun for all of the people,” Bokache said. “There’s something new every year.”