34th annual Pink Flamingo Classic in full swing this weekend

DE PERE, Wis. (WBAY) – The 34th Annual Pink Flamingo Classic is happening all weekend long with lots to do including the softball tournament, a parade that was on Saturday, and entertainment.


The purpose of the event is to give back to local charities, and members are celebrating a big milestone this year.

For lots of folks in the community, the event is a family tradition.

“I’ve been involved with them for the last 12 years my uncle and his friends started it back in 1984, so I’ve been around since I was 8 years old, I’ve only missed 2 since they started,” said Bryan Vande Hei, Tournament Coordinator.

Saturday’s events included the parade, following a 5k/run walk, and this year the group is celebrating something special.

“Last year we hit the million dollar mark, so last night at about 9:30 we celebrated with fireworks, we had a 5 minute big grand finale,” said Vande Hei.

The money goes towards helping various charities and youth groups in the area, but it’s also meant to bring families and friends together.

“You’ll see kids running around all day never a worry about them, they all have fun, so that's pretty much the purpose, we get the group back together, we get a lot of people that come from out of town yearly to meet their friends again,” said Jerry Olmstead, Sergeant and Arms.

The softball tournament itself wraps up Sunday night at Legion Park.