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Best Bets: Swisher Fun Days

Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27

LONESOME ROAD
LONESOME ROAD

Swisher has sweet treats planned for weekend festival fun. The beer tent, mechanical bull and DJ music begin at 5 p.m. Friday, followed by a human foosball tournament and kids’ tractor pull at 7 p.m. The Twang Gang will play from 8 p.m. to midnight. Then get up bright and early Saturday for a 5K at 7:30 p.m. and kids’ fun run at 8:30 a.m. The parade begins at 10 a.m. Activities continue with bags and horseshoe tournaments, food and drink, kids’ zone, petting zoo, music at 6 p.m., Lonesome Road from 8 p.m. to midnight and fireworks at dusk.

Swisher Fun Days

5 p.m. to midnight Friday (7/26) and 7:30 a.m. to midnight Saturday (7/27), Swisher; free admission; Facebook.com/events/557318238113581/

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