If you have not seen all the Green Days’ ads and articles by now, stop and go back to the front of the Johnston Living magazine and then come back here after you read all about it.
By know you should know that June 13 – 16 is Green Days in Johnston.
This is our city’s summer celebration put on by the Johnston Chamber of Commerce. What started in 1996 with a focus on Johnston’s agriculture and horticultural traditions has turned into an incredible celebration. Members of the Chamber originally worked with the local nurseries, greenhouse operations and garden clubs to organize a day when each group could show off its green thumb. At the time, Johnston had more greenhouses per capita than anywhere else in the state. (I did not fact check that), hence Green Days. I doubt they had any idea that this event would turn into one of the premier summer festivals that it has become.
The Chamber is extremely proud to put on this festival and dedicate time and resources to it every year. Once again, Green Days will start Thursday night at the Johnston Library with Greater Des Moines Partnership business after hours and rib cook-off. Even though it is a Business After Hours event, everyone is welcome to come and try out some great barbecue. This is also wristband night at the carnival, which is a big night for parents and children because they can ride all the rides, all night, for one price. Light the Night walk is also on Thursday evening and starts and ends at the main tent area.
Friday the carnival and the beverage garden will start back up at 5 p.m.. The DJ will play music in the main tent. The 5K for Karen fun run/walk will again start and end in the main tent area at 6 p.m. At 8 p.m. Power Play takes the stage to perform until midnight.
Saturday morning starts with the parade on Pioneer Parkway, followed by the spaghetti feed at the fire station. Kids crafts will be offered at the library and the Bill Riley talent show will take center stage at the main tent from noon to 4 p.m. Food vendors will be open as well as the carnival starting at noon. At 8 p.m., the band Loose Neutral will take the stage and go until midnight.
If you still need one more spin on the carnival rides you will have that opportunity on Sunday. The carnival will again offer the wristband deal so you can ride all the rides until you can’t walk straight or until 5 p.m., whichever one comes first, at which time, most of us from the Chamber will be going to get caught up on some sleep.
Happy Green Days, Johnston.