Resurgence of a community celebration

CALLENDER – The resurgence of a summertime community day of celebration Saturday in Callender isn’t simply for the sense of fellowship it will create in the town.

Rather, according to the organizers, it’s a chance for the town to strut its stuff.

“We want people to know Callender is a nice town to live in and raise a family,” said the Rev. Jon Rollefson of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church. “Maybe we can draw a few small businesses to town, as well, when people see all we have to offer.”

The idea to revive a community event stemmed from a conversation held more than a year ago, he said. Words soon became planning and planning turned into community involvement with many of the local businesses, lodges and organizations pitching in.

“I am very pleased how it’s all come together,” Rollefson said. “It’s really been in the last month or so that everything has fallen into place.”

Children’s activities and events will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the park. They include a bouncy house, pony rides and face painting. Adult activities include a car and antique tractor show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Garden Winery parking lot, which is the former elementary school. Classes listed for the show are street rods, originals, pickups, imports and antique tractors. Additionally, a cook-off competition will be held, enabling aspiring chefs and grill masters to present their best dish for sampling. Vendors of various items will also be on hand.

Also planned is a morning tractor ride organized the Central Plains FFA of Gowrie. The ride will begin at 9 a.m. sharp and leave from the Garden Winery lot.

Back in the park, a concert by the Christian rock band Crossed will be held at 12:30 p.m.. Based in Waterloo, the group is a nondenominational Christian band that plays pop, rock and punk music. Beginning in 2002 as a church worship team, the band has recorded multiple albums and performs across the Midwest, including prison ministries.

A community picnic will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., enabling people to enjoy pork burgers and potato salad with the music in the park.

Following the feed and the concert, a barrel will suspended along a wire and children will be given a chance to battle it out with firehoses, using the water to push the barrel from one end of the wire to another.

Rounding out the entertainment, the Midwest Rock and Soul Revue will be performing from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Garden Winery. Admission is $3. The group consists of Jordan and Jack Yates, Maurice Jules, Larry Lind and Eddie Simpson. They are known for a program consisting of rock and soul chart-toppers from the 1950s and 1960s, along with a closing set of Elvis hits.

The Midwest Rock and Soul Revue has played at several events around the area, including Fort Dodge Frontier Days, Humboldt Fourth of July, Webster County Fair and the Talent Factory in Nevada.

Callender hasn’t held a community event such as Fun Day since 1989 when the town was marking its centennial.

“I’d say it’s long overdue,” Rollefson said.