Doon comes together to celebrate summer
Doon tries to do a few things different each year during their annual Doon Days summer celebration.
This year that includes a fast pitch softball game that Doon Days committee member Matt Van Engen says everyone is looking forward to, as well as the popular helicopter rides coming back after a short hiatus.
All the fun will be had Saturday-Sunday, July 20-21, and Thursday-Saturday, July 25-27 in the Lyon County community of just under 600 citizens.
A poker run is the first event and only one held Saturday, July 20, with registration at 11 a.m. at Burn’s Grill.
The sole event Sunday, July 21, is the Community Worship Service held south of the community center followed by a potluck breakfast.
“We first did that for our 125th celebration and everybody thought it was great, loved it, so it’s something we plan to do every year now,” Van Engen said.
After a few days off early in the week, Doon Days kicks into high gear Thursday, July 25, with the aforementioned fast-pitch softball game, fire truck rides, community picnic and live music by the Radio Rangers held at Burn’s Grill.
Friday is a full evening of fun with the helicopter rides taking flight, a cruise night and flea market, as well as a power wheels derby and fireworks just after dark.
“The power wheels derby was a big hit last year,” Van Engen said. “And the fireworks show put on by the fire department sure is something. They do a great job with that with music and everything.”
The final day of Doon Days is jam-packed from morning to night with a pancake breakfast breaking things in at 7 a.m. at the Doon Fire Station and Judd Hoos bringing the weekend to a rockin’ close at 9 p.m. on Main Street.
In between there will be popular events like the parade and a pedal pull, the soap box derby and the annual balloon release honoring veterans.
“The soap box derby was another huge hit last year, which was its first year. It was neat to see the cars that came in and everyone was watching as they raced right down Main Street,” Van Engen said. “With the balloon release we have 1,000 red, white and blue balloons filling the sky and is so cool to see.”
The festivities are all about joining together for some fun and fellowship as a community.
“This brings the whole town together and even neighboring towns, too,” Van Engen said. “It’s a pretty neat thing for a little town to have each year and fun to see everybody out having a good time.”