The “Summer Spotlight” section runs weekly and features upcoming festivals going on around the area.

Today: Polska Kielbasa Days.

Polska Kielbasa days is this weekend

IVANHOE – Polska Kielbasa Days returns to Ivanhoe for its 42nd anniversary on Friday.

The weekend will be filled with tournaments and many other activities like water fights, kid’s games and a firework display.

Softball tournaments start on Friday and continue through the next two days. Laser tag, a new event, will take place on Friday night in Gilson Field.

There will be plenty to eat during the weekend, including chili, pancakes, pie and ice cream. Lunch stands open at 6 p.m. on Friday, 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. on Sunday.


10-11 a.m. Mr. Twister, Ivanhoe community

11 a.m.-noon Sidewalk chalk contest

1-3 p.m. Kids game day, Ivanhoe Pool

5-7 p.m. Pork chop feed, Gilson Field

6 p.m. Lunch stand opens, Gilson Field

6:30 p.m. Softball tournament begins

7 p.m. Distinguished Young Women program, Lincoln Elementary gym

8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Karaoke by Kim Wolf, Ivanhoe Liquor Store

9 p.m.-1 a.m. Free dance by More Cowbell Production, Gilson Field


7 a.m. Pancake feed, Ol’ Time Cafe

7:30 a.m. Fun Run (5K/1 mile run/walk), Ivanhoe Medical Center

9 a.m.-4 p.m. Vendors downtown

10 a.m. Volleyball tournament

10 a.m. Kiddie races, Lincoln Elementary

10 a.m. Bingo, Gilson Field

10:30 a.m. Lunch stand opens, Gilson Field

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Ethnic Polish food served, VFW

11 a.m.-6 p.m. Cold Stone Creamery

Noon Kiddie tractor pull and water fights, Ivanhoe Fire Department

Noon-3 p.m. Anything of Interest show, Main Street

Noon Chili cook off, Gilson Field

Noon Bean bag tourney, small diamond

1-7 p.m. Inflatable activities, Gilson Field

3-8 p.m. Whopper feed, small diamond

3 p.m. Adult water fights, Ivanhoe Fire Hall on Main Street

8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Working Class Hero, Ivanhoe Liquor Store

9 p.m.-1 a.m. Free dance by More Cowbell Productions, Gilson Field

10 p.m. (dusk) Fireworks, Gilson Field


8 a.m. Lunch stand opens, Gilson Field

10:30 a.m. Tacos in a bag, Gilson Field

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Cold Stone Creamery

12:30 Parade followed by pie and ice cream social

1:30 p.m. Antique and classic tractor pull, west of Gilson Field

2-5 p.m. Inflatable activities, Gilson Field