Terry Smith at Whoopee Days
BRIGHTON — Brighton will celebrate its 103rd annual Whoopee Days Thursday through Sunday with entertainment, including Nashville’s Terry Smith, local band Starbolt, a parade, carnival, mud run and more.
The theme of the 2013 Brighton Whoopee Days is “Country Roots & Cowboy Boots.” The anonymously submitted slogan was one of more than 30 submitted to the Brighton Chamber of Commerce.
“It’s a great theme idea and reflects our rural community,” said Nancy Adrian of the chamber. “It will be used as the theme for the 103rd Whoopee Day parade and as the slogan on the commemorative T-shirts.”
Whoopee Days kicks off with a Bill Riley Talent Show sponsored by the chamber at 7 p.m. Thursday in Brighton’s Central Park.
The show will be divided into two age groups, with the winner of each division advancing to the Iowa State Fair. The sprout division is for contestants 2-12 years of age. The senior division is for contestants 13-21 years of age.
Trophies and cash awards will be presented.
Entries for the talent show will be accepted until Tuesday or until the spots are filled. Call Katie Crawford at 319-461-1182 for registration information.
Thursday evening also will include an armband special offered by D & B Shows Carnival, Brighton Lions concession stand and Slo Moe’s DJ & Karaoke at CaMander’s Bar & Grill.
A guided tour of the barn quilt tour is set for 4 p.m. Friday.
The tour will leave from Brighton Community Center and travel through the Nature Loop in Brighton and the scenic rural area.
Local quilter and barn quilt committee member Rosemary Pacha will discuss local history, barn quilt patterns and barn architecture.
The group will stop at the Rubio Community Center to see a quilt display and have refreshments courtesy of the Rubio Ladies.
Seating for the barn quilt tour is limited to 35. To reserve a spot and for more information, call Pacha at 319-694-290 or Adrian at 319-863-3336.
Saturday, parade lineup is at 9 a.m., and the parade starts at 10 a.m.
Linda Burger will be the grand marshal. She has lived in Brighton since 1979 and worked as city clerk from 1987-2012.
Radio personality Mark Allen, the sports announcer on WHO Radio during the “Van & Bonnie Show,” will be in the parade and then host a meet-and-greet for photos and autographs from 11-11:45 a.m. in the Brighton Community Center.
For parade registration and information, call Stacie Low at 319-461-0610.
Registration begins at 11 a.m. Saturday for the Whoopee Days Mud Run, and the competition begins at 1 p.m. at the Brighton ball fields.
“It’s just a lot of fun ... nothing like it,” said Tommy Crawford, one of the organizers. “We’ve got it all ... mud, big trucks, noise and lots more mud.”
An entry fee is charged. Gate admission is $5.
For information, call Crawford at 319-461-1183 or Henry Mineart at 319-461-3732.
The Brighton Bear reunion is set from 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday in the community center. Anyone who attended or worked at Brighton grade school or high school is invited to reconnect and reminisce about school days and view the memorabilia on display, including the Brighton quilt.
For information about the reunion, call Pacha.
Gary Smith and Sheri Locke of Buyers Edge Wholesalers and HGTV’s series “West End Salvage” will be striking deals at 3 p.m. Saturday in Central Park.
The “Pickin’ Preachers” will purchase items they are interested in, such as signs, industrial architecture, country store items, old painted furniture, counters, cabinets and anything that can be remade or repurposed into a piece of artwork or furniture. If the pickers don’t buy an item, it can be auctioned off to the crowd.
Traditional country singer and songwriter Terry Smith will perform at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Central Park.
“I have had phone calls from people in Des Moines and Urbandale who saw he was performing in Brighton and want to come,” said Pacha, who was instrumental in booking Smith. “Several of our local residents who winter in Texas have heard him and are excited for him to appear at Whoopee Days.”
Smith was voted by the Traditional Music Association as its Songwriter of the Year in both 1995 and 1996. He penned “Far-Side Banks of Jordan,” which was performed by June Carter Cash in Robert Duvall’s movie, “The Apostle.” He also wrote one of the last singles for artist Roy Acuff – “I Can’t Find a Train,” and the Oak Ridge Boys recorded his gospel number, “Lord, I’ve Been Ready for Years.” “Ten Seconds in the Saddle” is in the Billboard chart book, and was recorded twice by the late rodeo champ and cowboy crooner Chris LeDoux. Dozens of other Smith songs turn up on records by the Statler Brothers, Kris Kristofferson, Patty Loveless and more.
Smith’s show will be preceded by southeast Iowa teen band Starbolt, with Brighton resident Adam Guy.
A Sunday service is set from 10-11:15 a.m. in Central Park. Attendees should bring lawn chairs.
Les Whitaker and his team will provide music; area clergy will lead prayers; and the Rev. Rick Zickefoose will give a Father’s Day sermon: “Brighton — Who’s Your Father?”
For information, email email@example.com or visit the website www.brightoniowachamber.com.