The big prize for the Gold Digger Day drawing sits in front of the Way Station. The annual fundraiser features limited tickets and great odds. Photo by Meg Upton

The 57th Gold Diggers Day gets underway on July 20

It wouldn’t be summer in Greenville without the annual Gold Digger Day! This year’s festivities dig in this Saturday,  July 20, and this year’s event marks its 57th year.

The annual event kicks off at 7 a.m. with rare breakfast options in Greenville. Participants have a choice of Jose’s for breakfast burritos, GHS Boosters for pancakes and sausage or the American Legion Hall for biscuits and gravy. The softball tournament also begins at this time at the Greenville Park.

The downtown Greenville street faire begins at 9 a.m. and event-goers are encouraged to get there early to find a choice spot to watch the Gold Digger Day parade at 10 a.m., with Judy Dolphin as this year’s parade grand marshal.

Immediately following the parade is the Greenville Methodists Church Ice Cream Social at 11 a.m.; Kids’ Corner adjacent to the Masonic Lodge will begin at that time if it runs this year. It may be closed due to illness of organizers.

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Noon finds more kid activities happening with a bounce house and water slide at the American Legion Hall parking lot and a judo tournament at the Indian Valley Community Center (along with a barbeque).

If the ice cream and barbeque aren’t enough to sate your appetite there’s always the annual watermelon eating contest in front of the stage by the Way Station at 1 p.m.

There’s “duck” races in the Masonic Lodge side yard at 2 p.m. to wrap up the afternoon activities downtown.

Meanwhile at 3 p.m., at Mohawk Trading Company and Gas, the annual Hot Rod and Classic Car Show gets underway where attendees can chose their favorite cars and pose for a photo op with them while sampling barbeque sponsored by American Legion Post 568.

The Gold Diggers Day grand drawing prize is a 2019 Ranger Side x Side 570 with power steering. Only 750 tickets are available for sale at $20 each for the annual fundraiser. Taxes are already paid on the Dupont Power Tool purchase (Dupont Power Tool is also a sponsor of the giveaway). According to organizer Bev Hardesty, two-thirds of the tickets have already been sold; they are available at Village Drug. The drawing is at 8 p.m., but ticket holders do not have to be present to win.

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To wrap up the day in the sun is the annual street dance in front of the Way Station from 9 p.m. to midnight, with Reno-based band Psychedelic Six.