SPRING VALLEY, Wis. -- Dam Days is all about community and the dam that makes Spring Valley possible. The celebration is Sept. 20-22.

“It's a time for family to get together,” Greg Dieckman, the person responsible for designing the Dam Days schedule poster, said. “To come home and visit, get together and just kind of bring a sense of community.”

According to Dieckman, most of this year’s activities are local traditions. There will be food stands, beer gardens, live music, bingo, bicycle races and fire truck rides among other activities.

The grand parade starts at 2 p.m. Sunday on North McKay Avenue traveling south. The celebration will end with the coronation of Miss Spring Valley -- right on the parade reviewing stand in front of the crowd.

“I’m just hoping we have good weather and that we get a good crowd,” Dieckman said.

On Saturday, a fundraiser for the Handy Andy Park project will run 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to dunk local “celebrities” such as their dentist and high school principal. The dunk tank will be set up next to the Handy Andy Park Project information booth outside of the municipal building. A schedule of the people in the dunk tank will be available the day of the event. Proceeds will go toward new playground equipment and a splash pad at Handy Andy Park.

The celebration will include:


  • Library book sale, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Red Cross blood drive, Spring Valley Fire Hall, noon to 6 p.m.

  • Garden tractor pull, Main Street/McKay Avenue, 6:30-9:30 p.m.


  • 5K and 10K family run, Vibrant Health Clinic on Main Street, registration at 7:30 a.m.

  • Spring Valley Community Cancer Fund Poker Run/Walk, Emmaus Church on South Third Street, registration at 7:30 a.m.

  • Library book sale, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Craft and vendor sales, McKay Avenue, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Classic car/truck/tractor show, Spring Valley Senior Living and Health Care, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Spring Valley Quilters Quilt Show, Community Center on Main Street, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Horseshoe tournament, Handy Andy Park, 10 a.m.

  • Radio Flyer Races, The Spillway on Main Street, 11 a.m.

  • Inflatable rides, foote/elementary field, noon to 5 p.m.

  • Bean bag toss contest, The Spillway on Main Street, 1 p.m.

  • Euchre tournament, Sneakers Pub and Eatery, 1 p.m.


  • Pancake breakfast and bake sale, Spring Valley Elementary School cafeteria, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

  • Grand parade, starts at North McKay Avenue and travels south, 2 p.m.

  • Miss Spring Valley Coronation, parade reviewing stand, following the parade