Richland Homecoming celebration set July 3-6Swartzwelter to share life stories as keynote speaker
RICHLAND — Richland is geared up for its Homecoming celebration July 3-6.
Richland’s Homecoming has been celebrated every five years since 1909 except on two occasions during the wars. The first celebration was 105 years ago.
July 3, all activities will be held at Central Park. Concessions will be available from 5-8 p.m. An opening ceremony at 6:30 p.m. will have keynote speaker Jay Swartzwelter, a Richland boy who went off to become a dentist.
At 7 p.m., the Bill Riley Talent Show will take place.
A quilt show opens from 5-7 p.m. July 3 at Mother Cabrini Church. The show continues 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 5-6. Raffle tickets are being sold for a quilt made by the Women’s Club. To display a quilt, call 319 456-3981.
July 4 begins will a Lions Club breakfast 7-9 a.m. at Mother Cabrini Hall.
Several activities are planned July 4 at Alumni Park: color run, 8-10 a.m.; basketball tournament, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; The Round Guy presents “Richland’s Got Talent Gong Show,” 7-9 p.m.; and fireworks, 9:30 p.m.
Activities July 4 at Central Park include: concessions; Grand Prix Bicycle Race, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; water fight, 1 p.m.; BarBQ Contest, 3 p.m.; and a homestyle BarBQ Dinner, 5-7 p.m.
To participate in the barbecue contest, call Steve Roberts at 919- 5094.
The barbecued dinner is a chance to sample the skills from the master grillers.
July 5 starts off with the kiddie parade at 9 a.m. The parade starts at the United Methodist Church, goes to the city square and returns to the church.
The main parade begins at 10 a.m. The parade lineup and registration is any time after 8 a.m. at Alumni Park. The parade starts at Alumni Park going North on Walnut, around the west, north and east sides of square and back to Alumni Park.
The theme of the parade is “Our Town Richland, Rich in Heritage –Land of Freedom.” There will be four categories for parade entries: Best Use of Theme; Clubs, Churches, Commercial; Horse, animal, cars; and Open Class. Trophies will be given for the winner of each class, plus an overall winner.
Virginia Hadley, a long-time resident of Richland will be grand marshal.
The 90 and over year olds will be introduced and given certificates before the parade starts.
Activities July 5 at Central Park include: concessions; pedal-tractor Pull 1-3 p.m.; Mr. Illusion Magic Show by Jesus Rios, 3-4 p.m.; a chocolate chip cookie contest and auction, 5 p.m.; a 50/50 drawing and Women’s Club quilt raffle drawing, 6 p.m.; and a street dance with the Dan Miller Band, 8 p.m. to midnight.
To enter the chocolate chip cookie contest, take 2.5 dozen cookies to Tri Oak Foods between 10 a.m. and noon to be judged. The top five will receive cash prizes. Call 319-456-2056 for information.
The Alumni Tea will be held 2-4 p.m. at Mother Cabrini Hall.
Activities at Alumni Park include: Jefferson County Cattlemen serving steak and burger sandwiches, noon to 6 p.m.; garden tractor pull and bean bag tournament, 1-5 p.m.; and a dunk tank with State Trooper Mike Telfer, 3-5 p.m.
Vendor booths, classic cars and tractors and a petting zoo are planned all day July 4-5 around Central Park. Kiddie rides are planned 2-5 p.m. July 4-5. A memorabilia display of Richland history will be open from 1-5 p.m. July 4-5 at the library; use the west door.
July 6 will close with an ecumenical church service at 10 a.m. in Central Park.
Swartzwelter to share life stories as keynote speaker
Jay Swartzwelter will be the Richland Homecoming keynote speaker and share his life stories at 6:30 p.m. July 3 in Richland’s Central Park.
Swartzwelter was born 1.5 miles south of Richland on April 29, 1939, to Raymond and Hilda Swartzwelter. He farmed with his dad through high school. After his graduation from Richland High School, he entered the University of Iowa. In his junior year, he was accepted into the dental school and married his high school sweetheart, Diana Peterson. He graduated from the U of I College of Dentistry in June 1964.
The draft was in place for the Vietnam War, and Swartzwelter was assigned to the United States Air Force dental corps for two years.
He opened his private practice in Boulder, Colorado, in July, 1966, and still practices three days a week.
He has completed extensive post graduate study in dentistry at the I.D. Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education in Miami, Florida.
He currently teaches practicing dentists at the I.D. Pankey Institute.
He and his wife have four children, 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. In his spare time, he builds furniture, ties fishing flies in the winter and fly fishes on the Colorado River and other rivers in the western US in the spring, summer and fall.
He has been a leader in Bible study fellowship and chairman of the elder board of Calvary Bible Evangelical Free Church. He is currently serving on the board of his church and teaches the kindergarten Sunday school class. He and his wife also mentor young couples through the church.
They have served in a missionary capacity in St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia, and on a medical missionary boat that serves the Amazon River people in Brazil.