It may be summer, but organizers of Arlington's Summer Sizzle celebration will be offering a prize that will keep you warm when winter hits.
As part of the annual Summer Sizzle Celebration, set for July 5-7, committee members are selling raffle tickets for the Arlington Sesquicentennial Quilt. The quilt was pieced together by Sue Arm and Michell Strom and quilted by Pat Cain Eskilsen.
The fundraiser will help fund the Summer Sizzle fireworks display set for July 6.
A past supporter of Summer Sizzle, Arp said she wanted to find a new way to give back to the community where she graduated from high school, along with her children, and where her grandchildren attend school.
She got involved with the quilt process after Strom, her daughter, mentioned the committee was looking at doing a quilt raffle.
"I said I think I have the perfect material," Arp said.
The red, white and blue color and print and pattern of the material are fitting for the 150th celebration, she said.
Arp said, as the quilt is pieced together from all different colors, shapes and sizes, Arlington has survived 150 years of change to remain a proud community.
She said the pathways and ribbons throughout the quilt connecting top to bottom could be representative of the Bell Creek and Elkhorn River, the railroad traveling past to bring the town to life.
Arrow material, she said, could represent the different directions the village has taken over the years and the stars represent all of the great people who touched Arlington's past, present and future.
A flannel backing, Arp said, makes the quilt nice and cozy.
"Some quilts are meant to be hung, but this one is meant to be used," she said, adding that the color also makes it a perfect for a Fourth of July holiday giveaway event.
Strom and other Summer Sizzle committee members are selling raffle tickets for the quilt. The quilt will be on display at the Arlington Auditorium throughout the Summer Sizzle/150 year celebration weekend. The winning raffle ticket will be drawn at the pancake feed on July 7.
In its sixth year, Summer Sizzle features events for everyone, from softball and horseshoe tournaments to a 5K run and games.
To celebrate Arlington's 150th year, the Summer Sizzle committee expanded the event to three days and, with the help of additional volunteers, have added events.
"We are really excited about all the additions we are having with the 150th year," said Joy Lauritsen, a Summer Sizzle committee member who has also served on the 150th committee. "It's taken a good group of volunteers to make these things happen."
The Arlington Summer Sizzle/150th Celebration will kick off at 6 p.m. July 5 with opening and veterans ceremonies, both at the auditorium. Birthday cake will be served after the ceremony.
Then, area residents' talent will be on full display starting at 7 p.m. when Arlington's Got Talent begins at 7 p.m. at the auditorium.
The Arlington Post Prom Committee will host a street dance beginning at 8:30 p.m in the downtown area.
Throughout the weekend, visitors can take a walk down memory lane at the "150 Years in the Making" museum at the Arlington Auditorium and during tours of the village. The museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Lauritsen said she's looking forward to the tour and seeing the items on display at the auditorium.
"I hope everybody takes a walk through the auditorium," she said. "It's a chance to learn about the past and see the artifacts."
Besides photos, news clippings and other artifacts, Lauritsen the contents of an old time capsule that surfaced during a flood and was recovered will be on display at the auditorium.
Other events set for the celebration include softball, basketball and horseshoe tournaments, a 5K run/walk, barbecue contest, lunch and dinner served by area organizations; a giant water slide; games, music and fireworks, all on July 6.
Events on July 7 will begin with a church service sponsored by St. Paul's Lutheran Church, which is also celebrating its 150th year, followed by a pancake feed; kiddie parade, train rides, wagon tours, human foosball, GaGa ball, a dunk tank, tug-a-war, root beer floats, Bingo and a belly flop contest at the Arlington pool.
Lauritsen said adding the150th year events to the Summer Sizzle celebration has been "fun and exciting" even for those committee members who are not originally from Arlington.
"Half this group wasn't raised in Arlington, yet they feel like Arlington is their forever home," Lauritsen said.
Strom said the community has always been supportive of Summer Sizzle and she hopes that continues this year.
"Even when it was Summer Drizzle (in 2016), we still had people there," she said. "I love seeing the community having fun and giving the town a celebration for little to no cost."