Renwick readies for 25th Donkey Daze

RENWICK – Renwick’s 25th annual Donkey Daze celebration will take place May 31, June 1 and 2.

The celebration kicks off Friday with the Firemen Open House. Hot dogs, chips and a beverage will be served, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Visitors are welcome to check out the latest fire equipment and ask about future developments.

Wrapping up the celebration will be an ecumenical church service at 10 a.m. on Sunday morning, featuring special children’s music. It will be held under the tent on Main Street or at the Methodist church if it rains.

Saturday events include:

The Viona Masonic Lodge pancake breakfast will be served from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the fire shed on Main Street. Freewill donations will benefit a scholarship fund for students in the Renwick-Hardy area.

The co-ed volleyball tournament, played on five sandpit courts, begins at 9 a.m. and continues throughout the day. Food is available on the grounds. To enter, call Rick Nelson, 332-4386, or Rick Larson, 824-3748 or 890-9920.

At 10:15 a.m. a kiddie parade will make the trek down Renwick’s Main Street starting at the intersection of Main and Stoddard. The kids will proceed as far as the fire station where names of the 2013 prince and princess will be drawn. They will then rejoin the Donkey Daze parade (10:30 a.m.) as it proceeds through the parade route around town. Sharon and Ron Larson are this year’s parade marshals. For kiddie parade information, contact Melissa Toomsen, 332-6050. Contact Diane Friesleben, 824-3525, for any other parade information.

Following the parade, a pork/beef, walking tacos fundraiser will be served at the community’s fire station. Benefits from the freewill offering benefit the fire department and ambulance service. During the meal, Sig’s Band will provide music; following the meal, Kenny Vorland and friends will provide some old-time music.

From 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., across the street from the fire station, the Lazy N Ranch, located north of Renwick, will host a petting zoo with a few of Jon Nissen’s well-known miniature donkeys, after which the celebration is named. There will also be free kids games under the big tent and free inflatables. In addition, the firemen plan to have water games for the kids, who can also take a free ride on the buffalo train that will be traveling around the area. Also, the new playground equipment is in place at Bobcat Park.

The Donkey Daze raffle winners will be announced at 12:30 p.m. Raffle tickets are on sale from Betterment members, Fastway, Jo’s Beauty Hut and the library. They will be available at the fire shed and on the streets of Renwick on Donkey Daze morning, too.

A state-sanctioned Pedal Pull for kids (sponsored by Hal Skiye) will begin accepting registrations at 1p.m. with the pull beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the Gold Eagle parking lot. This is open to all kids from this area of the state. It is one of the earliest pulls and provides a chance to qualify for the Iowa State Fair Pedal Pull this summer.

At 5 p.m., alumni from Vernon Consolidated, Renwick Independent and Boone Valley Community schools gather for the 115th annual alumni banquet at the United Methodist Church in Renwick. The meal will be served at 6 p.m. The 50-year classes will be recognized, along with other 55, 60 and 65-year classes. Tickets are $12 and available at Jo’s Beauty Hut and W&H Fastway in Renwick. Out-of-towners wanting tickets should contact alumni chairman Bernie Nelson, 306 N. Smith Road, or JoAnn Krause Hunt, 3210 100th St., LuVerne, IA 50560, and include a self-addressed-stamped-envelope. If more information is needed, call Nelson, 890-1481.

Rounding out the Saturday activity will be the Firemen’s Street Dance from 5 p.m. to midnight with music supplied by the Last Call Band from 5 to 8 p.m. and the Down to Earth Band, beginning at 9 p.m. Admission is a $5 (minimum) donation to the fire department. One More will be the site of the beer garden.