Silver Lake Days returns Friday and Saturday with a new-found energy

While most events that are part of Silver Lake Days are in the downtown, some will be held at Rambler Park. News Now Warsaw photo by Dan Spalding.
By Dan Spalding
New Now Warsaw
SILVER LAKE — Silver Lake Days is back with a vengeance.

The summer tradition lost its energy six years ago, in part after the death of longtime organizer Larry Swihart and the pandemic seemed to seal its fate until Russ Bauer and others started talking about reviving it.

This year, the idea caught fire, he said.

“Every time we talked to anyone about it, they were all 100 percent. We put out some feelers for money and hell, we got ten grand in the bank already,” Bauer said.

The result is a two-day event set to begin Friday morning.

The list of activities are extensive.

“Car show, bike show, tractor show, cornhole tournament, parade, petting zoo, Tiny Tots Motorcycle experience … I could go on and on,” he said.

“You can always hope for the best and it appears it’s going to be everything we hoped for and then some,” he said. “We hope it’s going to be the biggest one, ever maybe.”

Bauer said they have about three dozen pre-entries for the parade, which starts at 11 a.m., and he expects many more will show up, including about 30 to 40 entries from the Indiana Patriot Guard, which Bauer is a leader with.

Three live bands are scheduled to play Friday and Saturday.

The community garage sale begins at 8 a.m. Friday and continues through Saturday afternoon.

Food and craft vendors will open at noon on Friday.

Below is a list of events provided by the organizers.