New London celebrates Water Days with parades, races and plenty of enjoyable within the solar – West Central Tribune

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NEW LONDON — Hundreds of people converged on Saturday in downtown New London for the penultimate day of the annual New London Water Days community celebration. On a warm and sunny summer’s day, a variety of activities offered family fun for young and old.

Eliyanah Lewis tries to grab a bit of candy during the New London Water Days Grand Parade on July 16, 2022.

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The Lions Pancake Feed and Mill Pond Mile Run opened the day, with the Grand Day Parade proving to be the highlight of the celebrations. Dozens of floats meandered through the parade route, offering not only sights and sounds but also a whole lot of candy.

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It was jungle on the Girl Scout float at the New London Water Days Grand Parade on Saturday 16th July 2022.

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Jionny Samuelson and Veyda Sanchez fly down the bouncing water slide at the New London Water Days on July 16, 2022.JPG

Through a jet of water and towards the plunge pool below, Jionny Samuelson and Veyda Sanchez cling together on the inflatable water slide at the New London Water Days carnival on July 16, 2022.

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After the parade, the New London Fire Department held their roast pork. The more energetic kids ran, jumped and slid through various bouncy castles at the Water Days Carnival.

During the third week of July there were various activities and events from medallion hunting, an ice cream social with the New London-Spicer Community Band, other outdoor concerts, tennis, bean bag and fishing tournaments, street vendors, a Little Crow Ski Team show and a firework.

A Kiyaker glides past swimmers in the pond of New London on July 16, 2022.JPG

The Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center provided kayak rentals at Mill Pond as part of the New London Water Days celebrations. The pond was also the location for the fishing tournament and provided a nice cooling off for the people.

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