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Douds Field Day set Friday through Sunday

Jun 20, 2017

DOUDS – The 69th Annual Douds Field Day is scheduled Friday through Sunday, and will salute the educational legacy of the Douds-Leando Consolidated School Building in its centennial year.

Activities kick off at 6:30 p.m. Friday with a dinner and Douds-Leando High School Reunion at Douds Elementary Center. The public is welcome. For reservations, contact Verna Canaday, 641-693-9151.

Activities continue with the pancake and sausage breakfast 7-10 a.m. Saturday at Douds Community Center.

The parade forms at Leando Memorial Park and steps off at 10 a.m. Bob and June Pedrick will be grand marshals. Members of the DHS Class of 1957 also will be honored. A large contingent of fire and EMS vehicles is expected. Prizes will be awarded in five categories. The first category is decorated floats best depicting the history of education in the 100 years since the opening of the Douds-Leando Consolidated School building. Other categories are Comical, Decorated Vehicle, Oldest Running Vehicle, and Oldest Running Tractor. For parade information contact Ben and Ashley Sherod at 641-233-8225.

All motorcyclists are invited to participate in the parade and the motorcycle show immediately following the parade. There will be a $10 entry fee and trophies for first-, second- and third-place. Contact Tara Arreola at 919-4029 for information.

Following the parade, activities will begin at Yates Memorial Park where admission prices will be the same as 1966: Kids 12 and under are 30 cents and adults are 60 cents. Drop the coins in the bucket at the gate on the honor principle.

Opening ceremonies will include the flag raising ceremony by John Hyson Reneker Post No. 494, American Legion, announcement of parade prize winners, and prince and princess contest.

The Cook Shack will serve food all day starting at 11:30 a.m. Donated pies and cakes for the cook shack, cake walk and auction are requested.

The afternoon will be filled with old-fashioned kids’ games including a bouncy house. Registration for a sanctioned pedal pull by Hawkeye Pedal Pull is at 1:30 p.m.,with the pull at 2 p.m. A cake walk is planned, and chicken bingo starts at 12:30 p.m.

Two additions to the Saturday schedule are sand volleyball at the new court at Yates Park and a farm horse obstacle course.

Matt Zeitler is in charge of the sand volleyball, and Tony Garrett is in charge of the farm horse obstacle course across the street from Yates Park.

The tractor pulling contest, chaired by Alex Richards, begins in the arena after the tractor pullers’ meeting at 1 p.m. Laplander rules will be followed. Entry will be $10 per pull and trophies will be awarded.

The Douds Dash, a 2-mile, color run/walk, will start at 5 p.m. in Yates Park.

A pulled-pork dinner will be served starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Cook Shack. The menu will include cheesy hash browns, baked beans and roll for $8 in advance and $10 at the door.

At 7 p.m. will be the traditional auction of homebaked goods and donated merchandise and a drawing for a $500 Moore’s Grocery certificate. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20.

Advance meal tickets and drawing tickets will be available at: Douds Kwik Stop, Douds Lumber, Farmers & Traders Savings Bank, Lunch Box and Moore’s Grocery or any Douds Community Club board member.

Field Day concludes on Sunday at the historic Mt. Moriah Country Church with coffee and breakfast sweets served at 9 a.m. prior to the community worship service at 10 a.m.

The former Methodist Episcopal Church is 2 miles north and west of Douds and has been a site of worship services since 1846. A free-will offering will be divided between Douds Community Club and the Douds Historic Preservation Association which maintains the Church.

For a safe, family event, parents are requested to supervise kids. No alcohol or dogs are allowed on the grounds.

Douds Field Day is organized by the Douds Community Club as a fundraiser for community betterment projects. Officers are: Doug Dick, president; Jim Pedrick, vice president; Tom Allen, treasurer; and Paige Caves, secretary. Directors are Dexter Dick, Tara Arreola, Jason Hostetler, Terry Hostetler and Alex Richards.

 

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