Bridgewater Roundup Day will be Saturday, June 19, in the Bridgewater City Park.
The Roundup Day goes way back in history for those who live in Bridgewater as a day they come together, share a meal and fun activities.
“It’s a good time for all of our community people to get together and see each other,” said event organizer Kristen Walker. “It’s been a long year, it will be good to be together.”
A highlight for this year’s Roundup Day is that children gathered will be able to enjoy new playground equipment that has been installed in the park. Although the project hasn’t culminated yet, a new tic-tac-toe board and merry-go-ground are installed or will be installed by Roundup Day. New swings have also been installed on the existing swing set. A new wheelchair swing is something organizers hope will be operation for the event.
Future plans for the city park include a new slide and two new shelter houses. The difficulty in getting lumber right now is being felt by the city council. They hope that the materials for building those shelters will be in soon, but they are currently on a waiting list.
Walker said that city clerk Mary Dunn has done an “outstanding job” in writing grants for Bridgewater to be able to make the improvements it has. Community support for these projects has also been strong.
“Hopefully by the end of summertime there will be quite a few things that are new there,” Walker said.
The Roundup Day will begin with a meal and accompanying kids games from 5 to 7 p.m. Doug Miller will play music from the “Music on Main” programs while attendees eat. At 7 p.m., attendees can play “Minute to Win it” games for prizes. Meals to-go are available for those not able to come to the park. Those interested should contact Walker directly.
“From what everyone’s told me, we’ve been doing this for a long time. It’s all with help from community members,” said Walker. “I grew up in Adair where we had Chuckwagon Days, and every year it’s something you have that makes memories forever. I feel it’s important we do this for our kids to keep them local and keep them interested in our community. That’s why I think it’s important we keep doing it.”