Bluffton families hit the ground running with a soaking wet kickball event on Friday night.

With a light rain at the start of the game, about 20 kids played on through the pouring rain. And when the heavy rain continued, they ran the bases and slid in the puddles and mud at the baseball field.

Through the soaking rain, Bluffton Braves team member Dustin Geiser pitches for the kids kickball game during Bluffton Hometown Days on Aug. 20, 2021.
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Through the soaking rain, Bluffton Braves team member Dustin Geiser pitches for the kids kickball game during Bluffton Hometown Days on Aug. 20, 2021. Rebecca Mitchell / Pioneer Journal

Families enjoyed watching the kickball game in the dugout and from their cars on Aug. 20, 2021.
Rebecca Mitchell / Pioneer Journal
Families enjoyed watching the kickball game in the dugout and from their cars on Aug. 20, 2021. Rebecca Mitchell / Pioneer Journal

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Charlie Brauckmann soaks in the fun of the rain at the Bluffton baseball field home plate on Aug. 20, 2021.
Rebecca Mitchell / Pioneer Journal
Charlie Brauckmann soaks in the fun of the rain at the Bluffton baseball field home plate on Aug. 20, 2021. Rebecca Mitchell / Pioneer Journal

The car show and band at DJ's Powerhouse were canceled, though people could still enjoy burgers, brats and potato salad.

In Wadena, the amazing amount of rain brought flooded streets.

Along SW Bryant Avenue, huge puddles cover the road on Aug. 20, 2021. Streets along Hwy 10 and throughout town looked like this as storm sewer drains had a difficult time draining the large amount of rain.
Rebecca Mitchell / Pioneer Journal
Along SW Bryant Avenue, huge puddles cover the road on Aug. 20, 2021. Streets along Hwy 10 and throughout town looked like this as storm sewer drains had a difficult time draining the large amount of rain. Rebecca Mitchell / Pioneer Journal

Here’s the Bluffton Hometown Days schedule for Saturday:

7 a.m. to noon Wings & Wheels over Wadena at the airport

9 a.m. Bluffton 5K Eagle Run/Walk, meet at Saint John’s Catholic Church

9 a.m. Sand Volleyball Tournament

Noon First mosquito hunt clue posted at the community center

1-6 p.m. Kids activities including inflatables, coin scramble, pedal pull, sidewalk chalk art contest and bike giveaway

3 p.m. Parade

4 p.m. Bean Bag Tournament

4 p.m. Eric’s Dance Band in the community center

7 p.m. Raffle Drawing

7:30-9:30 p.m. United States Axe throwing in benefit of Bluffton Fire Department

8 p.m. to midnight Street Dance with Junk FM