Diaper derby baby race new at Polska Kielbasa Days

IVANHOE — Wanted: Crawlers only — baby crawlers that is.

The diaper derby baby race is a new event at the 48th annual Polska Kielbasa Days in Ivanhoe on Saturday.

“It’s kind of fun thing for the kiddos,” said organizer Emily Citterman. She watched such races at her hometown county fair and decided it would be a good idea for Polska Kielbasa Days.

“It’s for babies who are able to crawl,” Citterman said. “They all start at once behind a rope and they crawl to the other end. Whoever gets to the other side first without standing wins a box of diapers and a onesie that says ‘Polish Days Diaper Race Baby Champ.'”

Citterman says babies can be registered right up to race time which is 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Polska Kielbasa Days continue this morning with a golf tournament. A pork chop feed will be from 5-7 p.m. at Gilson field. DJ music starts at 9 p.m.

Softball and volleyball games kick off Saturday events starting at 8 a.m. Then it’s off to the races with kiddie races at the small diamond. The baby race follows.

Ethnic food tasting starts at 11 a.m. at the VFW, and a shrimp feed at Railroad Street Seafood is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

At noon, look for the kids tractor pull and the chili cook-off at Gilson Field.

The Polish sausage eating contest is another new event, which starts at 2 p.m., also at Gilson Field.

More DJ music starts at 9 p.m. with fireworks to start at dusk.

The festival concludes Sunday with the parade at 12:30 p.m. An antique tractor pull is at 1:30 p.m.