As record numbers of residents move in to Saratoga Springs, record numbers are also enjoying the city’s celebration, Saratoga Splash Days.

“We’ve already seen double the attendance at our events this week, and that’s more than, well, any other year,” Corrine Prestwich, assistant civic events coordinator for Saratoga Springs, said Wednesday morning.

Prestwich and volunteers have put together a full week of events for this year’s city celebration, not the least of which was Wednesday’s popular Splash Bash Water Party at Sunrise Meadows Park. With Wednesday’s temperatures hovering in the low 90s, it was the perfect day for the event.

One new event this year is the magic show at 6 p.m. Thursday at Neptune Park. The bike parade, in its second year, will follow. Prestwich said she expects the parade to be bigger this year, as more residents are aware of the event.

As always, Saturday is one of the biggest days for the festival, and brings the crowd-favorite, the Saratoga Splash Days Grand Parade. A third parade announcing station has been added to the route, and at each, groups will pause and perform for paradegoers. The stations are at Sunrise Meadows Park, Neptune Park and at the corner of 400 North and 800 West.

After the parade, Saturday’s community fair will be in full swing, complete with live entertainment. The Naked Waiters, a local ukulele trio, will perform at 11:30 a.m. The TOPS, a Polynesian dance performance group, will perform at 12:30 p.m. Another dance group, the Signers Company, will perform at 2 p.m. Reptile Adventures will conclude the entertainment with a live reptile show at 3 p.m.

Saratoga Splash Days includes many other events as well. To see a full listing, visit http://www.saratogaspringscity.com/561/Splash-Days.

Karissa Neely reports on Business and North County events, and can be reached at 801-344-2537 or kneely@heraldextra.com. Follow her on Twitter: @DHKarissaNeely

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