Nissens are part of Renwick history

RENWICK – One of the youngest attendees at the annual Donkey Daze celebration doesn’t have a name yet. He’s a 1-week-old miniature donkey that belongs to Jon and Mary Nissen.

He proved to be a popular attraction with a surprising segment of the population.

“The adults like them as much as the kids,” Jon Nissen said.

The Nissens are a part of Donkey Daze history.

“We were the most famous thing Renwick had at the time,” he said.

Nissens have been part of the event every year since. It’s grown a bit since then.

“The first parade was me with a donkey hitch and 20 some kids,” he said.

Steve Hurst, of Renwick, had a bit smaller pet with him as he attended Donkey Daze – the family dog Lilly, a Yorkshire terrier. The pair get around town in a golf cart.

“We try to get to the parade,” he said.

Hurst said he was also enjoying attending the Renwick Fire Department’s lunch.

“It’s always good,” Hurst said. “In the summer time, you can’t beat it.”

As the afternoon wound down, he was planning on going home for a short nap.

“I want to be fresh for the street dance,” he said.

Don Loar, of Thor, attended the celebration with his Olde Fashioned Kettle Korn trailer. He said he’s been attending for 15 years.

“It’s a good show,” he said. “It’s nice that the people support their town. They really do here.”

He does a good business. Loar said he expects to sell between 80 and 100 bags of popped corn.

He got there early and took in the morning parade.

“It’s a good candy parade for the kids,” he said.

He was planning on going home before the street dance though.

“I’m too old for that kind of music,” Loar joked.

Bob Wolf, the Renwick Fire Department chief, said he was enjoying the day. His department hosted the lunch, was selling raffle tickets for several sets of prizes and had set up several water games and a fire house where children could spray water with a real fire hose.

“We try to keep the kids entertained,” Wolf said.

He’s proud of the support that the community gives to his department. He said that proceeds from the day will go toward the purchase of equipment.

“We always try to upgrade,” Wolf said.

Following the bucket brigade contest they held, the 2,000-gallon drop tank full of water was emptied. It made a large puddle in the street that seemed ready made for children to run through.

One of those, Jordyn Larive, 7, of Renwick, didn’t find it the least bit chilling.

“It’s hot,” she said of the water temperatures.