Finding a princess at the Sebeka Red Eye River Days was easy as the Miss Sebeka 2020 and 2021 royalty volunteered and enjoyed the day. The royalty helped at the 5K, served ice cream, ran kiddie games and played in the tug of war rounds all before the parade.
The weekend kicked off with a quick find of the medallion by Zoe and Gavin Kiser. The clues are posted each evening in the town square if you hope to win next year.
One of the popular new events of escape rooms brought a full line of reservations with spots only open during the parade, according to Escape Room Parties owner Tom Atwood. Tom and his wife Barb created 11 mobile escape rooms with nine scenarios. The rooms in Sebeka were themed after an Amazon expedition and a toy collector but people weren’t left to their own fate as the Atwoods provided clues when necessary.
“I just love the whole family weekend thing,” said Sheree Polman. “I think it’s so important for small towns to actually have that, where you can actually go out as a family and do things and enjoy the weather and just enjoy being with people from your town. I think that’s just awesome.”
With events in town again, community members promptly arrived for the free ice cream and bingo events.
"I love the crowd we have here (at bingo)," said organizer Melissa Koch. The new gym at Sebeka Public Schools was full along with added tables on the stage.
A group of eight teams competed in the Mölkky tournament for a chance to move onto the United States Mölkky tournament in Nimrod. Team Schwartz placed first, Brozerkerz second and Steinkopf Sisters third.
The first tug of war had no participants sign up, though several children gladly joined the fun in various boys versus girls rounds.
While Sunday’s triathlon included a small group of 12 instead of about 30, participants enjoyed the challenges and cheers. Participants competed in four different heats of individual and team rounds. The mini version of the Olympics included a short swim, a bike ride and different running lengths.
The Red Eye River Days were hosted in July for the first time after being in June for many years.