Birmingham celebrating 175th anniversary during homecoming
BIRMINGHAM — The Birmingham Homecoming will be celebrating 175 years of Birmingham June 6-8 in City Park.
The 2014 Birmingham Homecoming is not only a celebration of the founding of the town, but also an observance of the Birmingham Fire Department’s 100th year of service.
The 30th annual celebration will include a parade, contests, a pedal pull, car show, tractor show, Birmingham school gathering, food and much more.
Events begin the evening of June 6. The Birmingham Lions Club members will serve a tenderloin supper at 5 p.m., followed by the prince and princess contest finals at 6 p.m. in the City Park gazebo. Bingo for kids 12 years old and younger, with adults welcome to help the younger children, starts at 6:30 p.m.
The Lions turn right around to serve a biscuit and sausage-gravy breakfast at 7 a.m. June 7.
Also on June 7, registration for the car show is from 8 a.m. to noon. Registration is free. Voting begins at noon, with awards presented later in the afternoon. For information about the car show, contact Kelly Spees at 919-7924.
Registration for the tractor show is 9-11 a.m. Registration is free. For information about the tractor show, call Roy Rains at 319-498-4504 or Melvin Mullikin at 319-695-3357.
The cars and tractors are welcome to participate in the parade. Line up begins at 10 a.m. at Birmingham City Hall. The parade theme is “1839 – Birmingham, Iowa — 2014 175th Anniversary.” The parade starts at 11 a.m., and the route takes it by City Park. For information about the parade, call Roger Corry at 919-2599.
Also between 9-11 a.m., children age 12 and younger can sign up to win a bicycle to be given away in a drawing at 5 p.m.
The baking contest sign-in is at 10:30 a.m. at the Log Cabin in the park. Adults can enter pies, cakes, breads, cookies and rolls. Children age 12 and younger can enter cookies. Entry is free. Judging is at 1 p.m., with first-and second-place awards to be presented. A baked goods auction is set for 1:30 p.m. at the cabin.
The women of Birmingham United Methodist Church will serve lunch at noon. The menu will include brauts, pulled-pork sandwiches, hot dogs, baked beans, desserts and drinks.
A firemen’s gathering is set for noon at the fire station. If available, the “fire house” will be in Birmingham for youth to learn about fire safety beginning at 1 p.m., plus the firemen will provide free water games for kids beginning at 1 p.m.
Registration for a kids’ pedal-tractor pull is set for 3 p.m., with the pull beginning 30 minutes later. For information about the pedal pull, contact Willard Hoskins at 319-293-3550.
The afternoon also will include a free bounce house, barrel train, petting zoo and more. The Birmingham Library will have a book sale on the library’s lawn adjacent to City Park. Refreshments will be available from the Presbyterian Popcorn Stand beginning at 12:30 p.m.
Anyone who attended Birmingham School is invited to a gathering from 1-5 p.m. in the Birmingham Lions Building.
If scheduling permits, an AirEvac helicopter will fly in at 4 p.m. for a display.
The evening will include a catfish fillet/chicken tender supper served by the Birmingham firemen from 5-7 p.m., and a homemade ice cream and pie social hosted by the Winchester Renegades 4-H Club starting at 5:30 p.m.
Cindy Rhodes and Becky Thomas will provide musical entertainment from 6-7:30 p.m.
Birmingham Homecoming Days will wrap up June 8 with a breakfast and church services.
Birmingham Lions Club members will serve a breakfast buffet from 7-9 a.m. June 8.
The church service, with special music, will be at 10:30 a.m. in the City Park shelter house. Everyone is welcome, and is asked to bring a lawn chair.
The traditional Birmingham Homecoming tractor pull is set for Sept. 7. For information, call Wes Greenfield at 319-498-4411, Richard Ross at 319-498-4590 or Roy Rains at 319-498-4504.
For general information about Birmingham Homecoming, call Tiffany Warner at 919-1568 or Harry Anderson at 319-498-4201.