SIX LAKES — This year’s Dizzi Daze celebration in Six Lakes is shaping up to be one of the best held there in years, according to Dizzi Daze Committee President Gina Kotenko. In addition to many longstanding favorites, several new offerings — including a street dance — have been added to the mix.
The festival runs Friday and Saturday.
The car show, held for the first time last year, will be back again by popular demand.
“Last year went over so well we’re having a second car show,” Kotenko said. “Also, though it’s not on the official schedule, we’re also having antique tractors by the flea market.”
Kotenko also said she is excited by the addition of a 6K run — not a 5K.
“I’ve always wanted to add a run/walk,” Kotenko added. “We’re having a 6K because we’re Six Lakes. We wanted it to be unique.”
The street dance, set for 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, is the committee’s nod to residents who have been suggesting the addition of a beer tent. Though there will be no beer, a DJ will be on hand to provide music for the evening.
Kotenko said the compromise is intended to provide entertainment without the liability issues inherent in producing a beer tent.
“I guess we’ll see if things are still like they were in the ‘60s,” Kotenko said. “There’s been talk for years about bringing the beer tent back. The street dance is a sort of ‘meeting in the middle’ kind of thing.”
Another new event this year is a tribute to armed services personnel. Robin Smith, owner of The Bird’s Nest Floral in Six Lakes, is distributing — at a cost of $3 each — paper lanterns in the colors of red, white and blue. At 10 p.m. Saturday evening, the lanterns will be launched from G-con Church (the old Six Lakes Elementary School).
According to Smith, the lantern launch is intended to honor the many soldiers who have served, been injured or died while serving in the military. She got the idea while purchasing fireworks to sell from her store.
“I saw a whole box of (the lanterns) in red, white and blue with a star on them,” Smith explained. “I thought it would make a nice tribute to our soldiers, living or passed.”
Smith added that it isn’t necessary to be at the G-con Church for the launch. Residents may also launch their lanterns from anywhere in town. The point is to do it at 10 p.m. as part of the tribute.
Multi-colored lanterns also are available for those who would like to take part in the “wish, hope or prayer” launch, scheduled for the same time and location.
“We have flyers around town explaining it all,” Smith said.
The lanterns are available at The Bird’s Nest as well as Haircuts Plus in Six Lakes.
Other favorites, such as the Parade and Fireman’s Parade, are again on the schedule this year, along with a host of other activities.
The 50/50 Duck Race is back again, with ducks going for $3 each and profits from the event going toward financing the festival.
More information about any Dizzi Daze event is available by calling Six Lakes Hardware at (989) 365-3000.