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Emma Thurgood, 14, of Saratoga Springs, tries to avoid the foam during the Splash Bash Water Party as part of Saratoga Springs' Splash Days on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at Sunrise Meadow Park in Saratoga Springs. Isaac Hale, Daily Herald

Between Jedi training and a new “pickleball musical mixer,” the city of Saratoga Springs has tried to think of everything and everyone in this year’s Splash Days celebration.

Activities take place between June 10-15 and kick off at Neptune Park as they have in past years. The chalk walk and concert open the week of festivities with chalk art of all levels covering the sidewalks of the park.

Tuesday will bring the animal show and Lance Nielsen Magic for the kids at Neptune Park. Meanwhile, a new pickleball musical mixer will be going on at the new Patriot Park.

David Johnson, spokesman for the city, said, “We are excited to be adding a pickleball mixer to our list of activities for Saratoga Spring’s Splash days celebration. This mixer is a great way to get outside, have fun, meet your neighbors, and engage in the events happening during Splash Days.”

On Wednesday, the Splash Bash will take place at Sunrise Meadows Park, which is a favorite for the little kids. The afternoon activity includes water slides, a water balloon and water gun fight, and the infamous foam and fire truck spraying. Later that evening the city has organized the “Search for Saratoga” which is a competition for couples, families, or friends, with a similar feel to “The Amazing Race.”

Johnson said that in addition to the pickleball mixer, the city added a Star Wars-themed night and a Battle of the Bands competition this year. The Star Wars evening begins with Jedi training for kids ages 5-12. The event invites kids to “join Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Rey and Kylo Ren, along with Jedi Knights and Masters for a Jedi Training course. Learn how to hold and fight with a lightsaber!” Following the training will be a battle on stage at the park. Thursday night ends with a costume contest and The Force Awakens at the first family movie night of the season.

Friday will open the Splash Days Boutique with local vendors and at 8 p.m. The Party Crashers will be performing their show in the park. The group consists of seven performers who say they “perform their show all over the world bringing their unique blend of energy, choreography, staging, impersonations, medley’s and all-out fun!” They also add, “It’s like having Katy Perry and David Guetta crash your party!” Their concert will end with a 9:30 p.m. firework show in the park.

Saratoga Splash Days ends Saturday with a day packed full of activities and events. The day kicks off with an early morning volleyball tournament in the park, which participants can register for, along with other sports activities, on the city’s sport registration page. At 10 a.m., the parade begins at 1200 North and Foothill Boulevard, turns left onto 400 North, heads east until Thunder Boulevard and ends at Westlake High School.

After the parade, the day continues with a car show, boutique, food truck league, battle of the bands, a watermelon eating contest, and ends with a concert featuring the winners from the earlier competition.

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