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Douds Field Day starts Friday evening

Jun 19, 2018

DOUDS -- The 70th Annual Douds Field Day will be Friday through Sunday.

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

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

The Douds Dash moves to a new time this year: 8 a.m. Contact Paige Caves at 641-919-6632 to register for the 2-mile, fun run-walk, which starts at Yates Park.

The parade forms at Leando Memorial Park and steps off at 10 a.m. Rob and Sherri Moore, owners of Moore’s Grocery, will be grand marshals. The Moores have been an important part of the Douds community for more than 30 years. Members of the DHS Class of 1958 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 Douds Field Day Theme, “Sweet Summertime Treats.” 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.

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 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, and announcement of parade prize winners. As a part of the opening ceremonies, the newly installed Railroad Crossing Signal at the Depot Museum will be dedicated in memory of Cy and Geneva Greenfield.

The Prince and Princess Contest begins at 10:30 a.m. Pre-registration for the contest is preferred, but not mandatory. Contact Jeni Wiley at 641-919-4683.

Food will be served at The Cook Shack 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 the new bounce house sponsored by Van Buren Farm Bureau and a sanctioned pedal pull by Hawkeye Pedal Pull at 2 p.m. (registration is at 1:30 p.m.) There will be a cake walk and chicken bingo starting at 1 p.m. The sand volleyball court will be available for pickup games.

The tractor pull 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 Farm Horse Skills Demonstration also begins at 1 p.m. across the street from Yates Park. Tony Garrett will be in charge and is available for questions at 641-799-9228.

All motorcyclists are invited to participate in the motorcycle show beginning at 3 p.m. in the grassy lot across the street from Yates Park. There will be a $10 entry fee and trophies will be awarded in five classes. Contact Tara Arreola at 641-919-4029 for information.

The Goehring Brothers will be barbecuing pork for dinner served starting at 5:30 p.m. in The Cook Shack. The menu will include pasta salad, baked beans and roll for $8. Dessert and drinks are extra.

The auctioneer drops the gavel at 7 p.m. for the traditional auction of home-baked goods and donated merchandise and the drawing for a $350 Moore’s Grocery certificate and $150 Douds Lumber certificate. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20.

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 from any Douds Community Club board member.

New this year will be a Street Dance with music by D&D Music Solutions Rory Duncan from 8-11 p.m. in the parking in front of the Douds Community Center. A rain location will be provided.

Douds Field Day concludes Sunday at the historic Mt. Moriah Church with coffee and breakfast sweets 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.

Douds Field Day is organized by the Douds Community Club as a fund raiser for community betterment projects. Officers are: Alex Richards, president; Tara Arreola, vice president; Tom Allen, treasurer; and Paige Caves, secretary. Directors are Dexter Dick, Trent Holtkamp, Brock Caves, Jeni Wiley and Terry Hostetler.

The Douds Community Club requests that parents supervise the kids and to remember that neither alcohol nor dogs are allowed on the grounds.

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