After taking a breath, Melvin "Red" and Anita Misfeldt blew out the candles on a special birthday cake Friday evening, helping kick off a three-day celebration in Arlington.
The longtime Arlington residents were among a large crowd who attended Friday's kickoff event for the village's Summer Sizzle/150th Celebration. The event included a veterans ceremony and the Arlington's Got Talent show, which included a special appearance by the "Arlington Village People" — Todd Kruse, Travis Kraemer, Tyler Fickenscher, Paul Krause, Jon Rosenthal and Paul Kaup.
The crowd, which many said was the largest they'd seen at the auditorium in a long time, was also treated to a song from Taylor Wakefield, who won the competition; a performance from the Busch Light Bellas, who earned second place; and a dance from Dustin and Lily Stork, who were third.
The Arlington Post Prom Committee also hosted a street dance Friday evening.
"I think we were all a little surprised how good of a turn out there was for the talent show," said Krause, the Village Board of Trustees chairman said. "Anytime, we can pack the auditorium, that's a pretty big deal."
In its sixth year, Arlington's Summer Sizzle event was expanded to three days this year in honor of the village's 150th year.
To honor the history, visitors had the chance to take a walk down memory lane at the "150 Years in the Making" museum at the Arlington Auditorium and during tours of the village.
Krause said he didn't get a chance to go on the tours, but heard from others about them.
"Everyone I talked to said that it was awesome and well worth their time," he said, "I'd like to see if we can find a way to continue those."
The history display was also a hit, Krause said.
"It was interesting to see all the history and everything that was dug up," Krause said. "There's always some tidbit that you don't realize and don't put together until you see things."
In addition to events centered around the village's history, the weekend events included 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 on Saturday.
On Sunday, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, which is also celebrating its 150th year, hosted an outdoor worship service, followed by the Arlington Lions Club pancake feed, a kiddie parade, kiddie train rides, wagon tours, human foosball, GaGa ball, a dunk tank, tug-a-war, root beer floats and Bingo.
A belly flop contest at the Arlington pool capped off the weekend of events.
Committee member Joy Lauritsen was almost speechless as she looked back at the event, calling it an amazing weekend, which lived up to one of the slogans chosen for a T-shirt to commemorate the event "Arlington, Good Town, Better People."
"From the talent show, town tours, fireworks to the belly flop contest, the attendance and participation was more then we could have dreamed," she said.
Krause said said the weather was perfect and, overall, there were a lot of fun things to do.
"I talked to a number of people who were really happy with the way things went and the words 'small town atmosphere' kept coming up," he said. "It was an enjoyable weekend with a lot of people participating and that's always good when you do something like this and get a lot of participation."