GILMORE CITY - This year's Gilmore City Fun Days celebration kicks off tonight with a new event - a celebration of the town's many cute kids.
The event's organizer Cassie Habben explained the "Cutie Contest."
"It's for children 4 years old and under, boys and girls," Habben said. "To register, all they have to do is fill out a form that I can email them or they can pick up any public place. Then, they turn it in to me when they come to the contest.
"They need to get dressed up in their cutest little outfit. There are four judges. They're women in the community here, and they're going to judge the kids based on how they're dressed, how well they do up on stage, and their smile, and the prettiest eyes, all sorts of stuff."
Habben is one of several new members on the Fun Days Committee this year.
"We were looking for some new and exciting things to do," she said. "We noticed we have a lot of families coming back about my age, the 25-year age. They have kids, so we have a lot of small cute kids in Gilmore City, and we figured we would give it a try."
5 to 8 p.m. - Steak dinner by Jokir's Wild Meats, Gilmore City Cafe.
6 p.m. - Flag raising and opening ceremony, new fire station. Introduction of the grand marshal.
6:15 p.m. - Scavenger hunt begins. This is for the "big kids" in town. The hunt will continue until Sunday morning at the Fireman's Breakfast where the winners will be announced.
6:30 p.m. - Cutie contest, the band shell in the City Park. Contact Cassie Habben for more information.
6:30 p.m. - Flag football, GC-B School Football Field.
9 p.m. to 1 a.m. - Street dance featuring Farm Rock.
8 a.m. - Vendors, Gazebo Park; scavenger hunting will continue all day; citywide garage sales, maps are at City Hall, library and bake sale; flea market on Southeast A Avenue; and a bake sale, Senior Citizens Building with proceeds going toward the Thunder Tots Daycare.
8:30 a.m. - Parade registration, school ball diamonds. Contact Blaine Telford, 368-1893.
10:30 a.m. - Parade.
11 a.m. - Horseshoe tournament begins, Arnold's Bar; the bounce house for the kids will be near the Lutheran Church.
11:30 to 1 p.m. - Lion's Club lunch, the new Fire Station.
11:30 a.m. - Crafts for kids, GC Library.
Noon - Kickball. Contact Cassie Habben.
1 to 2 p.m. - Kids games, Lutheran Church. There are carnival games for kids up to third grade and relay games for kids in fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grades.
1 to 2 p.m. - Registration for ATV pull west of the City Park.
2 p.m. - ATV pull.
5 to 7 p.m. - GC Wrestling Club supper, GC Fire Station, serving smoked pork chops and smoked chicken quarters.
7 p.m. - Songfest/ice cream social, Methodist Church. Asking for freewill donations to help with the cost of the Fun Days celebration.
9 p.m. to 1 a.m. - Street dance featuring Salty View Band.
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Fireman's pancake breakfast, new Fire Station.
9 a.m. to noon - Antique tractor display on Main Street. Contact Richard Benjamin for more information at 373-6464
10:30 a.m. - Ecumenical church service, Gazebo Park.
Noon - Tractor ride.
12:30 p.m. - Winners of the scavenger hunt announced during the breakfast.
There's been a lot of interest so far in the contest, she said. It will take place at 6:30 p.m. today.
The community celebration will also feature familiar activities such as the ATV pull on Saturday afternoon, horseshoe tournaments, kids games and a flea market, said Fun Days Committee member Darlene Jergens.
There will be more music this year, she said. Instead of one street dance, the weekend will feature two. Farm Rock will perform starting at 9 p.m. tonight, and the Salty View Band will play at the same time Saturday.
"We're having something new on Sunday, an ecumenical church service with a gospel band," Jergens said.
As usual, Fun Days will feature a weekend-long scavenger hunt for people ages 18 and over to encourage people to attend all the activities.
"We have a scavenger hunt card that a gentleman makes for us. We hand them out Friday night at our opening flag-raising ceremony," said Jergens. "There's squares on there, and you have to go to these events to pick up something there to put on the card, or to get a signature."
She said many of the events would be centered around the new fire station this year.
"Our big thing this year is we have new fire station," she said. "That will be interesting for people to see that, and see how nice it is for these social events."
The celebration begins today at 5 p.m. with a steak dinner at the Gilmore City Cafe. The flag raising and opening ceremony will be at 6 p.m. at the Fire Station; at 6:30 p.m. the Cutie Contest will be at the city park and Flag Football will be at the Gilmore City-Bradgate School football field.