Downtown Hamilton is a great place to be for celebrating Daly Days, July 30 and 31.
Hamilton Downtown Association President Andrew Kilian said HDA members are incredibly excited about bringing back Daly Days, July 30 and 31.
“Taking a year off and starting late this year was challenging, but everyone, from the City, the Main Street businesses, to the people themselves, has been incredibly supportive in helping us get the event going again,” Kilian said. “We're excited to have the Bitterroot Bouncers bring back their rock-climbing wall and Zorb Balls (giant human hamster balls).”
On Friday, a myriad of vendors will fill the second block of main beginning at 9 a.m., and Bitterroot Warrior Arts on will give a Jiu-Jitsu demonstration in the center of it all at 10 a.m. This year a beer garden will start earlier in the day, around 2 p.m., to help people more easily transition into the weekend's festivities. Hamilton Mayor Dominic Farrenkopf will bring out his dunk tank with proceeds going to a new Fire Hall.
“This may be your only and best chance to address a municipal official in a manner that is appropriate and deserving,” Kilian said.
The Friday night Street Dance will feature the New Orleans style of the Who Dat band until 11 p.m.
Saturday morning begins with the Kiwanis’ traditional pancake breakfast under Bell McCall's Main Street storefront. On the first block of Main Street, The Bitterrodders will put on their Car Show for everyone to check out vintage and classic American muscle at its finest. At 9 a.m., on a stage provided by Lakeland Feed and located by River Rising near Fourth and Main Streets, the National Guard will present the colors for the National Anthem. Everyone is invited to join a session of Zumba by Groovz led by Claire Kemp.
“If you want to join in on the fun, that's a good place to do it,” Kilian said.
Bitterroot Warrior Arts will reprise their Jiu-Jitsu demonstration at 10 a.m.
At 11 a.m. is the Musical Chairs challenge where contestants can win a recliner from Bitterroot Furniture.
At noon is the valley-wide famous Weiner Dog Race with a rousing chorus of the Oscar Mayer Weiner song.
Kilian said the song is sung for two reasons.
“One, it is the unofficial anthem of Weiner Dog races everywhere and two, is hilarious to get about 200 plus people to sing how they ‘wish they were an Oscar Mayer Weiner’ in broad daylight,” he said. “If you don't know the words you can just hum along.”
Then the races will commence, with stadium seating provided by the Ravalli County Fairgrounds.
“If you've never seen it before you gotta check it out,” Kilian said. “It's a bucket list item for sure. Some dogs come down to the track in full regalia like professional wrestlers.”
Contestants can download a form from the Hamilton Downtown Association Facebook page and submit it in advance at the HDA office, 217 Main St.
Right after Weiner Dog races is the newest event, the Main Street "Bike, Bat, Board" Mini Triathlon.
Kilian described the event as “hilarious.”
The competition happens in “heats” or several rounds to determine finalists. Contestants compete against each other by racing up the Weiner dog track atop a tiny child-sized bike, then spinning around many times with their forehead touching a baseball bat and running back to the start. Then with their belly on a skateboard, the contestants "swim" to the finish line.
“This is first this year, but we did some dry runs at the Grizzly Broadband Customer Appreciation Day and the results were hilarious,” Kilian said. “This year's Daly Days is sure to be the crown jewel of the big weekend's events. I’ll post a video showing the contest on the Facebook page.”
Sign up for the few remaining vendor slots, the “Weiner Dog Races” and the “Bike, Bat, Board" Mini Triathlon through the HDA website on the Event section where it says “Daly Days” at www.hamiltondowntownassociation.org.
“There's sure to be fun for the whole family so don't miss out,” Kilian said. “Everything downtown wraps up then we all will head to the Daly Mansion for the Brewfest.”
Also, Saturday is the Hamilton Farmers Market with fresh locally grown produce and products from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. by the Ravalli County Museum.
“Each year, we are thrilled to showcase the many tremendous artisans, food vendors and community businesses that make Daly Days one of Hamilton's treasured traditions,” said Erin Steuer, Executive Director of Hamilton Downtown Association. “It's great to be back after a hiatus last year and we are thrilled to bring everyone back downtown to celebrate our vibrant community."