SHERIDAN — It’s going to be a busy Memorial Day weekend in Sheridan. That’s when the Sheridan VFW Ladies Auxiliary hosts the annual Springfest celebration.
In addition to the carnival and parade, this year’s event offers a variety of new activities for adults and children.
Event organizer Jean Peterson is especially excited about the addition of a pie contest.
“It’s for anyone who wants to bring a pie in,” Peterson said. “This is the first year for that and we don’t know how it’s going to go. You never know, it’s kind of trial and error. Anyone who wants to try their hand and make a pie can bring it in and join us.”
The pies will be judged on taste and appearance and then auctioned off. Peterson said it “would be nice” if those entering the contest were to call ahead, but last minute entries also will be welcome.
Though Peterson has served as co-chairwoman of the Springfest for two years and has been involved with the project for six, this is her first year leading the effort.
“I’m still kind of winging it,” she admitted. “But so far we’re doing pretty good.”
As far as activities geared specifically toward children, the festival offers a kiddie parade and kid’s games behind the VFW Hall.
The traditional quilt raffle, a longtime favorite with Springfest attendees, will this year offer a handmade quilt from Patricia Popma, who died in February after completing the quilt.
“We bought it from her husband,” said Peterson, noting that was Popma’s wish. “I felt a little awkward calling him about it, but he agreed it was a good idea.”
Second prize in the raffle is $100 and third is $50. Tickets are on sale now at the VFW and from VFW members for $1 each.
Of course, no Springfest is complete without a pageant. This year’s — organized by Lori Braman — fields four girls running for the queen’s crown, along with princess and junior princess categories for younger contestants.
“We’re a real small town so it’s not a huge pageant,” Braman said. “The winners are determined by three judges. We also have a Miss Congeniality award and First Runner-Up.”
On Thursday, the contestants met at the VFW Hall for a pre-contest tea, open only to contestants and their mothers or significant female friends.
Pageant winners will represent the village in five different area parades and be available throughout the festival. Also, the winners will make a few appearances at elementary schools.
A complete, regularly-updated list of Springfest events is available online at sheridanspringfest.com/modules/schedule/