"Rev Up" Summer 2013
Central Park, LaVista
Thursday, May 23
5-10 p.m. Carnival & Vendor Booths
7-9 p.m. Teen Dance
Friday, May 24
2-11 p.m. Carnival & Vendor Booths
5-8 p.m. Car Show & Shine, LaVista Keno
The tradition continues in Sarpy County with La Vista Daze. The festival marks the unofficial kick off to the long holiday weekend ahead.
Mayor Doug Kindig says this year; they are blending old traditions with new faces. "We've got a great tradition here, we are building it. We are a younger city so we are still in the building stage of our traditions."
Set up was well underway Wednesday for La Vista Daze. Familiar sights filled the park as carnival rides were prepped and the beer garden tent was being set up for another year of memory making. “It's something that families have relatives come into town, friends come into town, it's a gathering spot and it's just a time for them, it's a place for them and a time to be together," Mayor Kindig said.
"I remember when you go west on Giles Road, especially past 96th, that was a dirt road," Jim Andersen said. Andersen’s watched over 30 years of growth in La Vista; including in Central Park. Andersen said he’s excited to for new growth in the area but hopes the city doesn't outgrow itself too fast.
Mayor Kindig agrees with cautious optimism. "La Vista Daze is going to continue to grow and get bigger. We will have more room we will be able to offer more rides, more events. So yeah, even though we've had a great run really looking forward to the future and what it can bring."
A strong core of support will be critical as the city keeps expanding. But what about keeping existing business in town? It's something that will be talked about during the annual celebration and it’s the same question posed to the mayor.
"We’ve come a long ways, we are up to about 17,000 people now and it wasn't that long ago we still had dirt roads over on 72nd street,” Mayor Kindig said. Measuring the growth of La Vista isn't hard to do. West of 96th and Giles is no longer a dirt road, and new business is sprouting up at the intersection.
But what about the old - especially along 84th Street?
“Well, 84th Street is the number one priority of not only the council and me, but the citizens. That is by far the number one, 1a and 1b priority for the city,” Mayor Kindig said.
Abandoned sans a couple shops, the stretch of commercial space sits empty where the Wal Mart was once housed and where the Hobby Lobby changed locations from, moving to Papillion.
"Right now it's all empty space, it does not do anybody any good that way," Andersen said. Andersen and his wife built a home just up the street from the hub of the city during Memorial Day weekend, near La Vista Days.
Andersen says the festival is important to the community - especially as growth continues outside the city - throughout the county.
Even when business travels elsewhere.
“It’s the growth in Sarpy County, but I think if you talk to either La Vista people or Papillion people, it's a competition,” Andersen said.