Valley City has some new businesses downtown, and the owners are excited for their first Crazy Day Wednesday. The event is an annual street fair and sale hosted by the Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce held on Central Avenue in downtown Valley City.
Some long-time businesses will continue traditions they’ve had at previous Crazy Day sales, while new businesses hope to start new traditions.
The fair starts at 7 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m.
Dutton’s Valley Gallery will have a photo booth outside their business. Fair visitors can have their photo taken with their friends or pets and will receive free prints. The options include two 3 inch by 5 inch prints, a 5 inch by 7 inch print, or four wallet-size prints. The booth will open at 10 a.m.
Dutton’s will also host a watermelon-eating contest at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Long-time Valley City business Bong’s Bootery will have a sale outside on athletic shoes and summer sandles. Special selections will be reduced 40 to 50 percent.
New business Dancing Wildflowers Salon will be having a product sale outside in front of their salon. Salon owner Jessi Winter said they’re also “going to pull people out of the crowd and do mini-makovers for free,” adding that they might also do hair feathers. New stylist Jamie St. Denis and nail technician Jane Anderson will be there too so the public can meet them.
Professional Eye Care has a new downtown location at the Straus Mall, and they will be having a sale on eyewear. Non-prescription eyewear will be discounted 20 percent, and prescription eyewear will be discounted 25 percent. The sale excludes contact lenses.
The fair will also feature activities and food vendors. Valley City Parks and Recreation will have inflatable bounce houses set up outside all day.
Bank Forward will serve ice cream floats, and Trinity Lutheran Ladies will serve walking tacos and have a bake sale.
The Valley City-Barnes County Public Library will serve coffee and rolls. Library director Mary Fischer invites the public to attend.
Downtown restaurant Vicky’s Viking Room will have a stand set up outside where they’ll serve Idaho beer balls, chips and water. Owner Vicky Jones said they’ll have an inside lunch special too along with root beer floats and serve coffee, donuts and cookies at 7 a.m.
The Chamber will sell raffle tickets during the fair, and the drawing will be held in front of Sanford Eye Clinic at 5:10. The first place prize is an IBM Think Pad computer, and there are several other prizes.
“Please visit retailers for sidewalk sales throughout the day,” the Chamber encourages.