Annual Spring Fling this weekend

HAWKS – The annual hometown celebration for the tiny village of Hawks is back for another year.

The Hawks Spring Fling kicks off Friday night with live music at the Night Hawk Inn, owner Carl Altman said. Now in its 28th year, the event includes softball and horseshoe tournaments, live music and food.

“It’s supposed to be a nice weekend,” he said. “I want to invite everyone to stop out.”

The softball tournaments start at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the fields in Hawks and Metz, Altman said.

There’s more live music set for Saturday night, and radio station WKLT will be broadcasting live from the inn, Altman said.

The softball tournament continues Sunday, starting at 9:30 a.m. or so, Altman said. A chicken barbecue starts at 12 p.m. with meals available for takeout. The horseshoe tournament starts at 2 p.m. at the inn’s horseshoe pits, and a musical trio will play that afternoon as well. The third band will play that night.

Unlike years past, there will be no parade, Altman said. There wasn’t enough time to organize one.

The celebration is smaller in general from years past, Altman said. It started in 1986 when he bought the Night Hawk Inn as a grand opening celebration. Everyone asked if he’d do it again next year, so he did. It continued from there, and grew. It peaked for the celebration of the centennial anniversary of the founding of Hawks.

“It’s scaled down a little from years back when the community was more involved with it,” he said. “We used to have kids games, booths and things set up but … we just don’t have the help to do that.”

Nevertheless, Spring Fling still draws a crowd, Altman said. People come home from school and other locales to participate in what he calls the “swing into spring” event.

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