SHELDON—Sheldon Celebration Days will have the traditional favorite activities with new ones sprinkled in over Labor Day weekend.
Activities are planned for Thursday, Aug. 30, and Saturday-Monday, Sept. 1-3, for the community festival.
“We’ve got an exciting lineup,” said Shanelle Matus, chamber director of Sheldon Chamber and Development Corporation. “We’ve got lots of free entertainment. We have new activities.”
The new activities this year include a one-mile walk or run to go with the traditional 5- and 10-kilometer runs Monday; a Re-Read, Re-Use, Re-Cycle used books event Monday; and a Kids Art in the Park activity put on by Prairie Arts Council on Monday.
Matus also said a highlight for the children will be riding on the mini-Ferris wheel and minitrain and bouncing in the inflatables at Sheldon City Park. For the cost of a $6 wrist band, they can go on the rides or inflatables for an unlimited number of times 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday.
Various free entertainment acts, ranging from a comic magician to a comedy music show, are planned for Monday in the park. The Labor Day parade, which starts at 2 p.m., also is a highlight every year.
She said the whole family can enjoy the festival.
“There’s pretty much something for everybody,” Matus said. “We’re just excited that we have a great lineup for Celebration Days 2012.”
Here is your guide to this year’s festival:
SATURDAY, SEPT. 1
- Minirod Tractor Pull — 1:30 p.m. The pulling action will be held at the Sheldon Horse Arena, which is one mile north of Casey’s General Store along Washington Avenue. Admission is free. Bring lawn chairs for seating. Concessions will be available. For information, contact Brian Woelber at (712) 348-0386.
- Sheldon Community Theatre — 7:30 p.m. Sheldon Community Theatre will present “The Pajama Game” in the Sheldon High School auditorium. The musical was adapted to the stage by Richard Bissell and George Abbott. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $10 at Fareway, Hy-Vee, Prairie Moon Books and the SCDC office, or they will be available at the door for $12.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 2
- Sheldon Community Theatre — 2 p.m. Sheldon Community Theatre will present “The Pajama Game” in the Sheldon High School auditorium. The musical was adapted to the stage by Richard Bissell and George Abbott. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $10 at Fareway, Hy-Vee, Prairie Moon Books and the SCDC office, or they will be available at the door for $12.
- Community Worship Service — 6 p.m. The Sheldon Ministerial Association will hold a community worship service at Sheldon City Park. The Rev. Craig Nissen of St. Paul Lutheran Church will give the message. An ice cream social will follow. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. In the case of inclement weather, the service will be held at First Reformed Church.
- Classic Car Cruise — 7-9 p.m. People are invited to cruise or bring their lawn chairs to the Langer’s Bar & Grill/Cook’s Cafe parking lot along Second Avenue (Business 60) to watch a variety of classic cars cruise by. People will be able to register for door prizes. The event is being put on by Moonlite Crewzers of Sheldon. For information, contact Mike Pepper at (712) 324-2215.
MONDAY, SEPT. 3
- Fly-in Pancake Breakfast and Aircraft Display — 6:30-11 a.m. Pancakes, sausage, orange juice, milk and coffee will be served at Sheldon Regional Airport. Home-built, experimental, antique and vintage airplanes are invited to fly in. The general public also is invited to drive out to attend the breakfast and display. The cost of the breakfast is $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 5-10. Airplane rides also will be provided for $45 for up to three people. The event is being put on by the Sky-Hi Flyers EAA Chapter.
- Sheldon Celebration Race — 8 a.m. Check-in is 6:30-7:45 a.m. The event consists of the traditional 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) and 10K (6.2-mile) runs, along with a 1-mile fun run/walk that is new this year. The race starts at Northwest Iowa Lifelong Learning and Recreation Center on the campus of Northwest Iowa Community College and runs on the Sheldon Recreational Trail. Trophies will be given to the overall top male and female runners. Medals will be given to the first three place finishers in each age and gender category. A registration form is available at www.sanfordsheldon.org or Sanford Sheldon Wellness Center. People also can register online at www.allsportcentral.com. People still can register for the 1-mile event for $15 and the 5K and 10K for $25. For information, call wellness staff at (712) 324-6152 or 1-800-568-4320.
- Union Depot Open House and Guest Artisan Demonstrations — 9 a.m.-noon. Several artisans will demonstrate their craft and sell products at the historic, 105-year-old Sheldon Union Depot along Second Avenue (Business 60). Daune and Lynette Tracy of Cat Tale Country Wines of Ocheyedan will present wine from Iowa grapes. Northwest Iowa Amateur Radio Club members Del Spronk, Jim Short and Terry Martin of Sheldon, Randy Hogan of Sanborn and Mark Carlson of Ashton will demonstrate local communication for area emergencies at call letters WOVHQ. Koreen Anderson of Cherokee will show fused glass dishes, unique jewelry and more. Lissa Lane-Johnson of Hospers will present handmade pottery and jewelry. Elaine Heusinkveld of Sheldon will display handcrafted bags, purses and fuzzy slippers. Craig Schettler of Sheldon will show model trains. Jeremy Beenken of Transcendent Custom Imaging of Sheldon will present pictures in handmade frames. Cathy Reed of Meriden will present scarves, silk paintings and jewelry. Brian and Mary Mouw of Ugly Duckling Creations of Sheldon will present old furniture made like new. Handblown glass products from Simeon Lisk of Back Alley Hand Blown Glass of Woodbine will be displayed. Sheryl Wilson of Primghar will do weaving and spinning. Historic playing cards of Sheldon, Archer, Ashton and Matlock also will be sold. Free shuttle rides will be available from Sheldon City Park to the depot. Admission is free.
- Sheldon Farmers Market — 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Locally-grown produce, baked goods, jellies and other products will be sold west of the gazebo at Sheldon City Park.
- Arts and Crafts — 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Area crafters will offer a wide selection of handcrafted items for sale at Sheldon City Park. Home-based business venders also will sell their products. About 45 booths are expected. For information, contact Heidi Neilsen at (712) 324-1637 after 4 p.m. or e-mail email@example.com.
- Kids Art in the Park — 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. As a new event this year, art activities will be provided to children in the southwest corner of Sheldon City Park. They will be able to use their creativity for activities such as shake, rattle and roll; spin art; chalk drawing; and bucket hat decorating. Donations will be accepted to help cover the cost of materials. Prairie Arts Council of Sheldon is putting on the event.
- R.R.R. (Re-Read, Re-Use, Re-Cycle) — 9 a.m.-4 p.m. As a new event at Sheldon City Park, people will have the opportunity to recycle their own books by letting others use them or browse the selection to take home a book. The event is being put on by Sheldon Public Library and Prairie Moon Books.
- Sheldon Prairie Queen Museum — 9 a.m.-noon and 4-6 p.m. People are invited to tour the museum on the northwest corner of Fourth Avenue and 10th Street. It is located in the historic former Carnegie Library building, which was constructed in 1908 and has been renovated. It includes the Sheldon Hall of Fame and displays of early industry, American Indians and animals, military items, school memorabilia and photographs, and the past lifestyle of the Sheldon community. Admission is free.
- Classic Car Show — 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Registration is 9 a.m.-noon at Sheldon High School, with a judging and display noon-4 p.m. Classic cars, street rods and many other vehicles will be on display. Trophies for first, second and third place in 45 classes and sponsors’ choice awards will be presented at 4 p.m. Other prizes will be given out during the day. Preregistration is $10, and registration the day of the show is $15. The event is being put on by Moonlite Crewzers of Sheldon. Bethel Reformed Church Youth Group of Sheldon will have a food stand. Shuttle transportation services will be available to and from Sheldon City Park. For information, contact Mike Pepper at (712) 324-2215.
- Baby Races — 9:30 a.m. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Children’s World day-care center will put on races in crawling, walking and sprinting categories for children 24 months and younger at the west ball diamond in Sheldon City Park. No entry fee is charged. Prizes will be awarded in each category. For information, call Children’s World at (712) 324-4837.
- Veterans Opening Ceremony — 10 a.m. Local veterans will lead the ceremony at Sheldon Armed Services Memorial at Sheldon City Park.
- Antique Tractor Display — 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tractors will be on display at Sheldon City Park for the ninth annual event. No judging will be done. For information, contact the SCDC office at (712) 324-2813.
- Rides — 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Children get the chance to ride on a mini-Ferris wheel and a minitrain or bounce in inflatables at Sheldon City Park. The cost is $6 for a wrist band for the day.
- The Musical Stringman — 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 3:30-4:30. Paul Imholte of St. Cloud, MN, will stroll around Sheldon City Park playing instruments 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 3:30-4:30 p.m. Known as “The Musical Stringman,” he sings and plays nearly a dozen instruments at festivals, schools and concerts across the United States. His featured instrument is the hammered dulcimer, an ancient string apparatus from the Middle East played with light mallets or hammers. He also performs on the fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, viola, harmonica, jaw harp and spoons.
- Mr. Twister — 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 3:30-4:30 p.m. Mr. Twister, or Bob Anderson of Sioux Falls, SD, will turn balloons into many special objects for children west of the informational booth at Sheldon City Park.
- Heebie Jeebies Show — 10:30-11:30 a.m. Glen Everhart of Minneapolis will present his family comedy music show in the grass area west of Playground Paradise in Sheldon City Park. His show is full of original comedy songs for kids from his CD “Young People of the World.” Admission is free.
- Comic Magician — 11-11:45 a.m. Jared Sherlock, a comic magician and illusionist from Minneapolis, will bring his show to the east ball diamond at Sheldon City Park. He blends modern magic, juggling, showmanship and audience participation for high-energy, interactive, clean comedy entertainment. His love for magic began as an 8-year-old, and he started giving professional shows when he was 13. Admission is free.
- In Capable Hands — 12:30-1:15 p.m. The husband and wife duo of Steve Russell and Kobi Shaw of Colfax, WI, will combine eye-catching juggling acts and comedy for their “In Capable Hands” show on the east ball diamond at Sheldon City Park. They met at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College and have been performing together since 1996 with their family-friendly shows. Admission is free.
- Celebration Days Parade — 2 p.m. The parade is expected to have more than 80 units, including floats representing many organizations and businesses, marching bands, clowns, tractors and much more. Miss Sheldon Brianna Huff, Little Miss Sheldon Anel Ramirez and Master Sheldon Dylan Mouw officially will assume their royalty roles as they ride in the parade. The Sheldon High School homecoming court also will ride in the parade this year. The parade runs north along Third Avenue through the downtown area, heads east along Sixth Street past Sheldon City Park all the way to Washington Avenue and then runs a few blocks south on Washington.