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Donkey Daze begins Friday

Renwick celebrates 24th annual event

May 27, 2012
Messenger News

RENWICK - Renwick's 24th annual Donkey Daze celebration will take place on Friday, Saturday and June 3.

The kickoff event Friday evening is a firemen's open house. The public is welcome to have hot dogs, chips and a drink and check out the latest fire equipment along with the trucks.

On Saturday, the Viona Masonic Lodge will host a pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the fire shed on Main Street. Funds raised go to the scholarship fund for students in the Renwick-Hardy area.

At 9 a.m., Bobkiddies Preschool will be conducting a garage sale to disperse of the school's remaining equipment. The school closed this year after serving the community for 24 years

The Donkey Daze coed volleyball tournament on Renwick's five sandpit courts draw the top teams in the area with competition and recreation for all levels of play. It will continue throughout the day. To enter, call Rick Nelson, 332-4386, or Rick Larson, 824-3748 or 890-9920. Food will be supplied on the grounds.

At 10 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 2012 prince and princess will be drawn. They will then join the Donkey Daze parade, which begins at 10:30 a.m., as it proceeds through the parade route around town.

Following the parade, a freewill pork/beef fundraiser dinner will be served at the community's fire station. Proceeds from the offering benefit the local fire department and ambulance service. During the dinner, Sig's Band will provide music. Also the Cruisin' Eagles Car Club from Eagle Grove will display classic cars following the parade.

From 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., across the street from the fire station, the Lazy N Ranch will host a petting zoo with a few of Jon Nissen's well-known miniature donkeys, after which the celebration is named. The Smiley Face Train will be providing free rides to children, free kids' games will be played under the big tent, and the free inflatable obstacle course will be in progress.

The winners of the Donkey Daze adults' and kids' raffle will be announced at 12:30 p.m.

Raffle tickets are on sale now and are available at the fire shed and on the streets of Renwick on Donkey Daze.

A state-sanctioned Pedal Pull for kids will begin accepting registrations at 1 p.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 state fair pedal pull this summer.

Renwick's firemen will host other departments from the area in the third annual water fight on Main Street.

Registration should be completed by 12:30 p.m., and the water begins to flow at 1 p.m.

Departments will try to outmaneuver each other in moving an elusive sliding barrel to their opponent's end of the cable with a strong stream of water.

Local barbecue chefs will test their skills at the Donkey Daze Smoke-Out cook-out.

It will be held at One More? on Main Street. Set-up is from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., registration from 2:30 to 4 p.m., and judging at 4:30 p.m., with a $10 entry fee.

At 5 p.m., alumni from Vernon Consolidated, Renwick Independent and Boone Valley Community schools will gather for the 114th annual Alumni Banquet at the United Methodist Church in Renwick.

The meal will be served at 6 p.m.

The 50-year Boone Valley class of 1962 will be recognized, along with other 55-, 60- and 65-year classes.

Rounding out the Saturday activity will be the Firemen's Street Dance from 8 p.m. to midnight with music supplied by Saucy Jack. Admission is $5. There will be a beer garden.

Concluding the weekend activity will be an ecumenical church service at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Methodist Church in Renwick. A meal will follow.



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