Iroquois has been holding an annual Sports Day event for well over a century. Those first celebrations involved foot races, ballgames, horse races and picnics. Although much has changed, one thing remains the same. The Iroquois community likes to get together and have fun.
A community picnic will be held Fri., July 22 at Woodall City Park, beginning at 6 p.m. Hamburgers, hotdogs and beans will be served. Attendees are asked to bring a salad or dessert to share. Also, bring along lawn chairs and relax while listening to the James River Bluegrass Band, free of charge. A chalk art contest, bouncy house and snow cones are also free.
A parade is planned for Sat., July 23 starting at 10 a.m. on Main Street. The parade line-up begins at 9 a.m. on Quapaw Street. Prizes will be given to first and second place entries.
Longtime residents Darrell and Bonnie Moffitt will be the Sports Day King and Queen. A candy scramble will be held after the parade, as well as the firemen’s challenge. The Legion will be selling lunches at the hall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Iroquois Heritage Museum will be open from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., with a panel of long-time area residents discussing life of the past at 1 p.m.
At Woodall City Park from 12-4 p.m., families can enjoy M & J Rentals’ water bouncy and obstacle course free of charge. The balloon guy will be creating balloon animals and hats for youth. Mud tug-of-war will be held at 3 p.m. and mud volleyball at 4 p.m. Please email email@example.com if you are interested in putting together a team. Dunk a favorite friend or foe at the dunk tank for a small fee.
Concessions will be sold at the park 1-4 p.m. A bean bag tournament will also be held at the park at 2 p.m. There is a $20 entry fee per team, and prizes will be awarded to first and second place. Contact Bob at (605) 354-3105 to register.
Saturday evening will end with one of the best fireworks shows around. Community club members are selling 50/50 tickets to help with the purchase of the fireworks. The 50/50 winner will be announced at Woodall City Park prior to the fireworks display.
Sun., July 24 the Legion will be selling breakfast at the hall from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. A community church service will be held at Woodall City Park at 10 a.m. People are asked to bring their lawn chairs.
The community welcomes back the classes of 1997 and 2002. The Class of 2002 will be holding their reunion event at Iroquois School on Sunday.
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