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Columbus will celebrate spring with Redbud Days

Columbus will celebrate spring with Redbud Days

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Dean Adams, Quinn Adams and Abbi Adams were among the entrants in the 2016 Chalk Walk. This year's event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 13.

Redbud Days will get a little bigger again this year, with business displays featuring some of the products that drive the local economy being set up alongside all of the traditional activities that will be going on on Dickason Boulevard, in front of the City Hall and Columbus Area Senior Center, on Saturday, May 13.

The business displays, which are being coordinated by the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, the Fall River Chamber of Commerce and the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, will show off some of the products that are made locally and let people know about the employment opportunities that are available.

In addition to the business displays, Redbud Days will include all of the old favorites: a citywide garage sale, sales and promotions at local stores, a chance to win a redbud tree, the crowning of the Redbud Prince and Princess, the Chalk Walk, a vintage auto show and a brat fry.

Sales and specials: Garage sales will be held throughout town Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13, and a number of local retailers and restaurants will be hosting special Mothers’ Day sales. Shoppers can also enter for a chance to win a redbud tree at participating businesses. Each business will pick one winner whose name will be put into a drawing on Sunday, May 14, in which 10 winners will be selected to receive redbud trees.

Redbud royalty: The Columbus Chamber of Commerce will crown a new Redbud Prince and Princess at a ceremony at the Columbus Area Senior Center, beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 13. The contest is open to kids who are in kindergarten and first grade in the Columbus School District who registered prior to the April 28 deadline.

The winners will represent the city at events including the Fourth of July parade and Christmas parade. The public is welcome to watch the contest and see the city’s new royalty be crowned.

Chalk Walk: The Chalk Walk, sponsored by Root for Columbus and the Columbus Public Library, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, on the sidewalks on both sides of the boulevard. The event, which is open to both kids and adults, has no entry fee. Registration will be done on site. Chalk will be handed out to everyone who signs up for a square, but people are welcome to bring along their own brushes, chalks and any other supplies they want to use. (Hint: An old toothbrush is handy for working the chalk into the concrete.)

Participants can draw until 1 p.m., when the squares will be judged. Winners will be notified by phone or email, with prizes being awarded in several age categories.

Vintage auto show: Members of the local Badger Antique Auto Club will be displaying some of their classic cars on the boulevard throughout the day on Saturday, May 13.

Brat fry: The Columbus Kiwanis Club will once again have its brat stand open for business on Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the 100 block of North Dickason Boulevard.

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