From right to left are 2017-18 Miss Spring Valley Leigh Prudlow, and Princesses Taylor, Briana, and Karyn. Photo by Paul J. Seeling
From right to left are 2017-18 Miss Spring Valley Leigh Prudlow, and Princesses Taylor, Briana, and Karyn. Photo by Paul J. Seeling

SPRING VALLEY, WI – The Spring Valley Lions Club sponsored the 50th Annual Dam Days Celebration last weekend beginning on Friday, September 15 and finished with a rousing 5th Quarter – UW Marching Band performance on Sunday, September 17, 2017. Perfect weather made the 50th Dam Days Celebration perfect for all the numerous and various fun activities of this special Dam Days.

The Village and surrounding area bloomed with a proliferation of signs touting the multitude of bargains galore at neighborhood Garage Sales. Many began on Thursday and continued through the weekend to help clean out cluttered closets and garages and bring in some nice extra spending money to purchase those “world famous” Lions hamburgers.

On Friday, the Spring Valley Area EMS held their annual Blood Drive and had great participation from the community with 41 units donated. For every unit of blood donated, potentially three lives can be saved. If that is the case then 123 lives may have been saved from this one afternoon of giving in Spring Valley.

Also on Friday the Spring Valley Trivia contest began sponsored by the Lions. The winners are: Michael Laffin and Nate Hannack. The annual Garden Tractor Pull had many exciting (and loud) races that brought out a good crowd to witness the “heavy” competition. In addition to the fun and musical attractions at many of the local establishments the renowned Whitesidewalls Rock ‘n Roll Revue had a big crowd swinging and swaying in the old Ford garage on Friday night.

Saturday morning was perfect for running in either the 6th Annual SV Community Cancer Fund Poker Walk/Run or the 35th Annual 5 and 10 K Dam Days Family Fun Runs.

The day was chock full of family fun events too numerous to list here, but one of the notables was the overhead hum of the Helicopter Flyover by Combat Helicopters LLC with their vintage chopper from the Vietnam War era. The sound was reminiscent of the show M.A.S.H. as the chopper buzzed through the Valley going out over the dam and Lake George and beyond.

Also notable was the Friends of the SV Library full house area history presentation by Don Blegen that featured the home movies of Dr. Fast. Speaking of history there was the ever-popular Annual Classic Car/Truck/Tractor Show and Parade sponsored by the Spring Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center. There was bingo and euchre to play and the infamous Folliez Performance at the Stagehands Theatre.

The rain on Saturday night didn’t keep people from putting on their dancing shoes and steppin’ out to the great sounds of the Still Runnin’ band.

Sunday dawned as a spectacular crisp fall day with robin’s egg blue skies and more wonderful 50th Dam Days activities to take in.

There were golden brown pancakes and sausage served by American Legion Post 227 at the elementary school to get your day started with a good hearty Dam Days breakfast. The U.S Army Corps of Engineers held an Open House and Ribbon Cutting for the newly renovated Interpretive Center in their Highland Ridge Campground above the dam. Doug Blegen’s daughter Laura Pommier and her son Henry helped Col. Sam Calkins, St. Paul District Commander and Eau Galle Recreation Area Park Ranger Brad Labadie cut the big red ribbon for this nice informative attraction.

All the Royalty “Sparkle Sisters” attended the Miss Spring Valley Queen’s Tea at the Brother Michael CC and had a wonderful time with lots of photo opps before mounting their floats for the Grande Parade at 2 p.m.

The curbs along the parade route in downtown Spring Valley were fully lined with excited throngs to watch the 78 plus units of all sorts come through the Village to help celebrate Dam Days.

The SV Lions Club commemorated the 50th Dam Days Celebration to the dedication of volunteerism as had been demonstrated by deceased 30-year Fire Chief Terry Shaffer. Several community volunteer organizations were recognized as “Grand Marshals” for the weekend and in the Grande Parade.

Spring Valley Chief of Police John Dubois led the parade followed by the Color Guard and Rifle Squad of American Legion Post 227, and then there was the 40 &8 bus, Firetrucks from Spring Valley and Elmwood. They were followed by all the rest of the units with marching bands from Spring Valley, Colfax and Glenwood City. And last but most exciting, were members of the University of Wisconsin Marching Band who thrilled parade goers and a packed SV Elementary School gym for a fantastic rousing 5th Quarter performance following the parade and the Miss Spring Valley Coronation.

Yes, there were four lovely young ladies: Candidate #1 Briana Link, #2 Karyn Wood, #3 Taylor Falde and #4 Leigha Prudlow who have been working hard as candidates for the title of 2017-18 Miss Spring Valley and Princess.

The 2015-16 Court did the honors of placing the crowns for the coronation this year.  The new Miss Spring Valley is Leigha Prudlow and the rest of the ladies are the Princesses in her 2017-18 Court.

Congratulations all on a great and memorable Spring Valley 50th Dam Days Celebration!