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12 Fun Things to Do at Chief Wapello Days July 2, 2009

Posted by Wapello Warbler in Small Town Life, Wapello.
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The 2009 edition of Chief Wapello Days is coming Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 17 18, and 19.  Here are some of the reasons to come.

  1. Ride a Bull. The annual FFA rodeo has gone pro with two nights of PRCA competition at the Wapello Fairgrounds in the North End Park. Click here for more information.
  2. Get Bedazzled by Fireworks. You’ll get a bang out of the professional fireworks show after the rodeo Friday and Saturday nights at the North End Park.
  3. Dance in the Streets. Put your dancing shoes on and head downtown about dusk for a street dance.  The teen dance will be Friday night in front of the Hotel Wapello.  The Adult dance will be Saturday night behind the Dugout on Water Street.
  4. Run 5 Kilometers. Don’t ask me why, but some people enjoy running .  If you are one of them, show up at the South End Park Saturday morning between 7:00 and 7:45.
  5. Eat your fill of pancakes. The Wapello Kiwanis will be serving pancakes and sausage from 7:30 until just before the parade on Sunday morning.  Enjoy a hearty breakfast and leave a donation to help the Kiwanis help kids.
  6. Enjoy the Parade. After breakfast stake out your favorite spot downtown for the parade.  Get a preview of the car and tractor shows along with all the usual small town parade units (fire trucks, floats, bands, horses, clown cars, motorcycles, and politicians.)  Bring a bag to hold the free candy your kids will collect. The parade starts at 10:00.
  7. Wander Around. After the parade, check out the antique tractors and classic cars over at the court house.  Shop the Farmers Market or the craft and bake sales.  Enjoy a variety of booths and demonstrations.
  8. Jump and Climb and Slide. There will be a climbing wall, jumping house, and a giant slide at the High School gym along with other activities for kids and teens.
  9. Test Your Pedal Power. This is for the kids.  Hop on the tractor and see how far you can get before the ever increasing resistance brings you to a stop.  The competition occurs in front of the Post Office on Main Street,
  10. Race a Rubber Duck. Adopt a duck and race it on the Iowa against dozens of others.  There’s a prize for the winner.  Proceeds go to maintain the county’s parks and wildlife areas.  The race begins at 4:00 pm Saturday when the ducks are dropped into the river from the 99 bridge.
  11. Demolition Derby. What do you do with an old, beat-up car that still runs?  You crash it into other beaters until only one is running. Sunday at 3:00 at the Fairgrounds in the North End Park.
  12. See a Great Movie—Outdoors. Finish off the weekend with a family movie on the outside wall of the old theatre across from the Hotel Wapello.  Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the show.

There’s a lot going on at Chief Wapello Days. For a PDF of the official schedule click here.

If your local organization will have a booth or activity in conjunction with Chief Wapello Days that you’d like people to know about, you can add it as a comment below.


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