Douds Field Day, firemen join forces
DOUDS — The 64th Annual Douds Field Day on Saturday will once again be a full-day event with the scheduling of the Douds Fire Department’s Annual Fish and Chicken Fry on the same day.
Douds Field Day activities kick off at 6:30 p.m. Friday, with a dinner and Douds High School reunion at the Douds Elementary Center. The public is welcome. For reservations, contact Doris Kisling.
Activities continue Saturday, with the pancake and sausage breakfast from 7:30-10 a.m. at the Douds Community Center.
The parade, featuring the theme “Hometown Heroes,” forms at the park on the Leando side and steps off at 10:30 a.m. The best decorated float will receive a $25 cash prize. Members of the DHS classes of 1953 and 1963 will be grand marshals. A large contingent of fire and EMS vehicles is expected. Marching music will be provided by the Van Buren High School marching band under the direction of Marcie Atwood. For parade information, contact Thad Crane.
Following the parade, activities are centered at Yates Memorial Park where registration for the sanctioned pedal-tractor pull by Hawkeye Pedal Pull opens at 11 a.m. The pull will begin at 11:30 a.m.
New this year will be the Hometown Heroes Prince and Princess contest. Registration will be at 10 a.m. in the picnic shelter at Leando Memorial Park. The prince and princess contestants will be interviewed starting at 1 p.m. at Yates Park. For more information, contact Sandra Coffman.
Another addition to the day’s events will be a Dutch Oven Cook-off. The four categories are: Bread, meat, vegetable and dessert. Winners earn cash prizes, and samples will be available for purchase. For more information, contact Dirk and Angie Metcalf.
Lunch is served on the grounds starting at 11:30 a.m. Donated pies and cakes for the cook shack, cake walk and auction are requested. The cook shack will be staffed by volunteers from the three churches of the community: Bethel Worship Center, Christ United Methodist and Zion Bible.
Following the Hawkeye Pedal Pull will be old-fashioned kids’ games and firefighter games at 1:30 p.m. and a cake walk for all ages at 2 p.m. In the arena, there will be a demonstration of cowboy mounted shooting.
The reunion tour of The Twin City Bicentennial Bluegrass Band takes to the Douds Lumber Stage at 3 p.m. Original band members, John Boyer, Dwain Greenfield, Jon Finney and Kendall Smith, with some surprise musicians joining in, will be playing old favorites and some new songs. During the band’s break, the traditional baked goods auction will be held. Root beer floats and other ice cream treats will be available during the concert.
Following the concert at 5 p.m., the serving of fresh fried fish and chicken begins at the Douds Fire Station.
Tim Goodell and The Country Four will provide music for dancing to close out the evening.
Field Day events resume Sunday, with coffee and breakfast sweets served at 9 a.m. prior to the 10 a.m. community worship service at the historic Mt. Moriah Country Church 2 miles north of Douds.
Douds Field Day is organized by the Douds Community Club as a fundraiser for community betterment projects. Officers are the Rev. Phil Campbell, president; Jim Pedrick, treasurer and Lisa Plowman, secretary. Directors are Sandra Coffman, the Rev. Ann Donat and Brad Debner.