BATAVIA — Batavia Days are will be celebrated July 11-12.
The event kicks off Friday with a softball tournament. It begins at 6 p.m. and runs all weekend. Proceeds from the concession stand will go toward the Ottumwa Hillbilly Shrine Unit. For more information, call Andy Pearson at 641-919-2319.
Friday will also bring a garden tractor pull behind the BP station with weigh-in at 6 p.m. Vending will be by the Fairfield Kiwanis. An eight-ball tournament will kick off at 7 p.m. at Still Ned's Place.
On Saturday, the Batavia Masonic Lodge breakfast will be held from 6-9 a.m. at the Masonic Lodge for a freewill offering. A vendor fair/craft show will follow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call Tycene at 641-919-4442.
The parade will step off at 10 a.m. with Grand Marshals Marvin and Tillie Whitmore. Immediately following the parade, the Batavia Fire Department will serve the annual brat-pork sandwiches. A car show, presented by Bill and Gerri Allen, will be downtown, and the Batavia Library will be hosting an open house and used book sale. A tractor pull will begin at noon behind the BP station with weigh-in at 11:30 a.m.
Noon events include a baby contest at the community center, kids' games, kids' pedal pulls in the Pavilion and a demonstration by the Fairfield Police Department K9 Unit. A horseshoe tournament is scheduled for 2 p.m. downtown.
The Batavia Days Meal, provided by Cargill, will be served free of charge from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Community Center. The Batavia TTT ice cream social will be held from 4:30-7 p.m. in the Pavilion. The evening will conclude with a performance by Diana Upton-Hill from 5-8 p.m. at the Pavilion. Bring you lawn chairs.