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A control panel dating back to the 1960s at Spring Valley Public Utilities will not be part of the tour, but plant foreman Stu Smith remarked that it will someday have digital controls instead of buttons and levers.   
GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
A control panel dating back to the 1960s at Spring Valley Public Utilities will not be part of the tour, but plant foreman Stu Smith remarked that it will someday have digital controls instead of buttons and levers. GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017 11:19 AM
Spring Valley Public Utilities (SVPU) is hosting guided tours of Spring Valley’s power plant Friday, Aug. 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., during Ag Days, and it’s a rare opportunity to see how the electricity used in homes from north to south and east to west is produced. SVPU Superintendent Stu Smith said tours aren’t usually given, but SVPU decided to open up the plant for one day only so people could see what they do.
  • The Spring Valley Garden Club, founded in 1960, will be celebrating another longtime community organization — Brave Community Theatre, formed 12 years after the garden club — during the annual Ag Days flower show Friday, Aug. 18, at Spring Valley Estates.
  • Kids lining up for annual fishing contest

    S&S Bait Shop proprietor Steve Volkart is again holding the annual Ag Days children’s fishing contest, this year slated for Saturday, Aug. 19, on Spring Valley Creek. The contest is for children up to 12 years old.

  • Contest expanded to include all cocktails

    Cocktails are much more than bloody Marys. That’s why the Ag Days Committee decided to change the previous bloody Mary contest to a general cocktail contest at the South Park Sunday, Aug. 20, starting at 1 p.m.   The committee members decided to open it up to any kind of cocktail “to try to get more people interested, because not everybody likes bloody Marys,” explained Carrie Beckendorf, organizer of this year’s Ag Days cocktail contest.

  • Caricature artist to set up in South Park Sunday

    Chris Rommel, a Eau Claire, Wisconsin, caricature artist will be at South Park on Sunday, Aug. 20, to stretch the likenesses of individuals across a sheet of paper, perhaps also drawing giggles out of people. He will be set up with an easel and paper by the pavilions at South Park from noon to 3 p.m. drawing caricatures free of charge.  

  • “The softball contest…it’s kind of like golfing.  You get someone to pitch, and you get three balls, hit them and see how close to the pin that’s in the field, and each time, if you get close, you want to see if you can get the ball closer.  At the end, we tally up the distances, and whoever is the winner is the winner,” said softball contest and home run derby organizer Brett Oeltjen, explaining how the softball tournament works as each batter takes the plate and a swing at winning. 
  • Zip overhead or stick to a wall at South Park Sunday
    “The zip line is for anyone who wants to be a little adventurous and go on a thrill ride, and the Velcro wall is a fun challenge to see how high you can jump…and the fun of being stuck to a wall,” said Spring Valley Chamber of Commerce member Stacey Rath, inviting anyone who wants to learn to fly or experience levitation to stop at South Park on Sunday, Aug. 20, to try out the inflatable Velcro wall and zip line.      
  • Electrifying tour of power plant set for Friday
    Spring Valley Public Utilities (SVPU) is hosting guided tours of Spring Valley’s power plant Friday, Aug. 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., during Ag Days, and it’s a rare opportunity to see how the electricity used in homes from north to south and east to west is produced. SVPU Superintendent Stu Smith said tours aren’t usually given, but SVPU decided to open up the plant for one day only so people could see what they do.
  • Pirates to hit stage for 45th anniversary of local theater
    The Brave Community Theatre (BCT) production of “Pirates of Penzance” will debut at the Spring Valley Community Center during Ag Days, Wednesday, Aug. 16, through Saturday, Aug. 19, as BCT marks its 45th anniversary in Spring Valley. 
  • Big inflatables to test climbing, pitching skills
    People will be able to see how high they can climb or track their fastest baseball pitch Sunday in South Park during Ag Days.
  • Hometown ball on a Saturday afternoon…
    Some of the Spring Valley and Wykoff area’s best hometown ballplayers will be on the field at South Park on Saturday, Aug. 20, to pitch and bat with all their might. 
  • Bluff Country will be in bloom Friday, Aug. 19.  
  • Free pie, free ice cream and free tunes have combined to make a popular event Sunday afternoon during Ag Days.
  • ‘Dracula, the Musical,’ features humor, not chills
    It’s a musical you can sink your fangs into.  
  • Cruise night marks 20th year of nostalgia at local A & W
    Spring Valley’s A&W Drive-In is not only celebrating its 60th anniversary of operation this year, it is also marking the 20th anniversary of its annual A&W “End of Summer Cruise Night” Thursday evening during the 2016 Ag Days celebration.
  • Women dominate Ag Days 6k race

    Women dominated the annual Ag Days 6k run on Spring Valley’s paved trail Saturday morning as the first four places were all females. It also helped to be young as four teens were among the top six places.

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