Brighton hosting Whoopee Days
BRIGHTON — Brighton will host its 104th Annual Whoopee Days Celebration June 19-22, with activities ranging from free concerts in the park to the annual parade, street dance to mud run and new events including a cute baby contest and a pet show.
The 2014 Whoopee Days celebration theme is “Brighton — That’s Where I Come From.” Brighton Chamber of Commerce members chose the theme from entries submitted by residents for the annual theme contest.
“The theme really showcases how much people care about their hometown and how much of a community event Whoopee Days is every single year for more than a century,” said Nancy Adrian, chamber president.
The theme will be used on T-shirts, signage and as the parade theme.
Wind Up for Whoopee
Brighton will actually have a “Wind Up for Whoopee” with a street dance at 9 p.m. Friday. Country 4 will be playing at CaMander’s Bar and Grill.
Plus, another street dance is planned at 9 p.m. Saturday, with Kross Kountry performing at CaMander’s Bar and Grill.
Local talent to entertain
Whoopee Days kicks off June 19, with the “Bill Riley Talent Show” at 7 p.m. in Brighton’s City Park. Bill Riley Jr. will be present. Prizes will be awarded and first-place winners will advance to the Iowa State Fair.
June 20, local band Starbolt will perform classic rock and country music at 7 p.m. in the City Park. Adam Guy of Brighton is the drummer for the band, which has been performing together since 2008 under the direction of Randy Swift. A karaoke contest with Slo Moe’s DJ & Karaoke of Richland starts at 9 p.m. on the basketball court. Male, female, and duet categories, with a $100 first prize and $50 second prize, are planned. Celebrity judges will select the winners. The Brighton chamber will have a beer garden as well.
Just Us Girls kicks off the entertainment at 7 p.m. June 21 in City Park. The female singing group from Washington, Iowa, sings a variety of music from country to show tunes to ’60s music. Miriam Pacha of rural Brighton is a member.
Nearly Elvis will perform at 8 p.m. Ron Semler of Washington, Iowa, will do a tribute to the King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley. Dance to Reckless Abandon, formerly called Lockren, from 9 p.m. to midnight on the basketball court. A beer garden will be open.
Parade entries sought
The Whoopee Days parade, with the theme “Brighton, That’s Where I Come From,” starts at 10 a.m. June 21.
Line up is at 9 a.m., with judging starting at 9:30 a.m.
Those entering the parade should travel on Benton Street by BJ’s Convenience Store and watch for signs directing entries to their locations.
Parade registration is free.
Those entering are reminded to bring plenty of candy or other goodies to throw out to the crowd.
Call Stacie Lowe, Whoopee Days parade committee chairwoman, at 319-461-0610 for full details.
New contests for kids, pets, cooks
Some new contests are planned for Whoopee Days.
After the parade, bring the kids and enter the Little Darling cute kids contest. It will begin at 11:15 a.m. June 21 on the City Park stage. Age groups will be 1-2 years old, 3-4 years old, 5-6 years old and 7-8 years old. Judging will be on appearance and personality. Props are allowed. Ages 3 and up will be asked the question, “What does Whoopee mean?” Entry forms will be filled out prior to the contest.
The Best Darn Cook Contest will be held at 3 p.m. June 21 in the Brighton Community Center. Categories include: pies, cookies, cupcakes and cinnamon rolls. Entries must be made from scratch and will be judged on taste and appearance. Contestants can have one entry in each category. The contest is open to anyone.
The Darling Pet Contest will begin at 5 p.m. June 21 on the City Park stage. Categories include: best dressed, waggiest tale, best kisser, owner/pet look-a-like, most talented pet, most darling/best in show. Prizes will be awarded. Dogs must be on a leash and be current on all vaccinations. The contest is open to any pet except snakes.
The traditional Whoopee Pie Eating Contest will be at 6 p.m. on the stage. Commodity groups will compete as well as fire departments and others. An open class is planned. Contestants will try to break the record held by Michael Pringle. Medals will be awarded.
Brighton Bear reunion planned
The Brighton Bear reunion is set from 1-2:30 p.m. June 21 at the Brighton Community Center.
Anyone who attended Brighton grade school or high school as a student, teacher, administrator, custodian or bus driver is invited to attend, reconnect and reminisce about Brighton school days. Brighton memorabilia will be on display.
For more information about the reunion, contact Rosemary Pacha at 319-653-4290.
And there’s more!
Whoopee Days also will include the D & B Shows Carnival, a Lake Darling Saddle Club fun show, a Whoopee Walk, a “redneck” trucks display, a mud run, tours of Christner’s 1920 gas station, food, and a community church service.
For a complete listing of events go to www.brightoniowachamber.com.
The Whoopee Days poster also will be posted with this article on The Fairfield Ledger’s website at www.ffledger.com.