Tustin Daze set for Labor Day Weekend

TUSTIN — The small community of Tustin is gearing up for its annual festival, inviting locals and out-of-towners to participate in a variety of activities during Tustin Daze this weekend.

The festival will kick-off on Friday with a two-person golf scramble at the Tustin Trails Golf Course at 5:30 p.m. At 7 p.m., a Mini Music Fest hosted by local churches will be held at the Covenant Presbyterian Church soccer fields.

“That’s something new this year,” said Kristy Hoaglund, Tustin Daze committee member. “The churches decided to do it.”

Saturday begins with a pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. at Tustin Elementary School. All proceeds from the breakfast go to the Tustin Fire Department.

A fun run and walk will begin at 8 a.m., with the festival parade starting at 11 a.m. in downtown Tustin. An annual favorite, the Water Battle, will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Tustin Fire Department. Firemen will compete in various activities with water hoses while onlookers try to stay dry.

For the third year in a row, the frozen T-shirt contest will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the Boomer’s Rendezvous parking lot, located at 231 S. Neilson St.

“It’s literally frozen T-shirts. We wrap them into a tight ball and put them in the freezer for a week,” Hoaglund said. “(On competition day), we take them out and kids have to pull them apart and put them on over their shirt.”

Prizes are given to the child who puts their T-shirt on the fastest.

If putting on an icy shirt is not enough frozen fun, festival-goers are invited to a free ice cream social at 3:45 p.m. at Boomer’s Rendezvous. The social is sponsored by The Dairy Station, a newly established Tustin ice cream parlor.

Sunday will feature the annual air show from 1 to 4 p.m. at the CAMS grounds, located just past Tustin Elementary School on right hand side of road.

Controllers will guide model aiplanes through the air, showing off tricks and flips.

“In the past they have one that they fly upside-down and they bring it really close to the ground and they can even cut the grass with it,” Hoaglund said.

While the festival is packed with family fun, the fun pays off for local organizations. The Tustin Daze committee has donated more than $17,000 to local groups in the past 10 years.

“With the proceeds from Tustin Daze, we give to our area nonprofit organizations,” Hoaglund said. “If people come out and support us, we’re able to give the excess money to those who need it.”

Event proceeds come from fees from activities such as kids games and a three-point shootout as well as raffle donations. This year’s proceeds will go to the Comission on Aging meal site and the village park.

Though the exact year Tustin Daze began is unknown, the festival is a long-standing summer tradition in the town. Members of the current Tustin Daze committee have planned the event for 10 years, and many of them soon will be retiring from the group.

“We are looking for people to pick up the ideas and volunteers who want to be invloved,” Hoaglund said.

For more information on Tustin Daze, call Hoaglund at (231) 829-3288 or pick up a schedule at businesses in Tustin.