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May 24, 2013

Celebrating Eldon


”It put together the community to raise funds to help sponsor different events in the community,” Stacey said. “Our motto is ‘Improving our community’ and we use all our monies for community improvements. We’ve done park benches in the park, we sponsor bingo, we’ve planted trees and we’ve helped our little leagues with finances to have ball equipment.”

American Gothic Days is one way to give back to the community as a whole, she said.

”It’s a celebration of our town and what we’ve done,” she said.

A special guest is planning on coming down to the festival this year: KCCI anchor and reporter Marcus McIntosh. Stacey invited McIntosh to come since KCCI’s “Read With Me” program ties into Eldon’s reading-themed festival.

”We never invite any dignitaries, it’s normally just local people and groups with floats,” she said.

Also new to the festival this year is a yard ornament contest, where homeowners can make spoofs or parodies of the American Gothic painting in their front lawns.

— To follow reporter Chelsea Davis on Twitter, head to @ChelseaLeeDavis.

Friday, June 7: 5-7 p.m.: Supper in the Park, sponsored by Libertyville Savings Bank & Beef Producers. Music by Mike Aceto. 7:30 p.m.: "Smoke on the Mountain," McHaffey Opera House. Tickets: $10. Saturday, June 8: 7:30 a.m.: 5K walk/run, American Gothic House Center. Registration begins at 6:45 a.m. 10 a.m.: Parade 11 a.m.: Barbecue chicken dinner, KD Center 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Kids' games and pedal pull, KD Center 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Vintage car show, Rock Island Depot Noon: DDCW Chuckwagon, Eldon City Park 1 p.m.: Mud run, Wapello County Fairgrounds. Registration 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 2 p.m.: "Smoke on the Mountain," McHaffey Opera House. Tickets: $10. 3 p.m.: Cardboard boat races, Wapello County Fairgrounds 5 p.m.: Cast iron cooking demonstration and homemade ice cream, Eldon City Park 7-9 p.m.: Music in the Park, featuring country artist Mitch Goudy and vocalist Diana Upton-Hill Sunday, June 9: 7:30 a.m.: Bike ride, American Gothic House Center. Registration begins at 6:45 a.m. 7-10 a.m.: Breakfast, Eldon Fire Station 9 a.m.: Disc golf tournament and lessons, begins at American Gothic House Center 1 p.m.: Mud volleyball, Playground Park. Teams must pre-register. 1 p.m.: Horse shoe and bocce ball tournaments, KD Center. 7:30 p.m.: "Smoke on the Mountain," McHaffey Opera House. Tickets: $10. Art contest winners on display Saturday and Sunday at American Gothic House Center. For more information, call Eldon City Hall at 641-652-7510 or Mayor Shirley Stacey at 641-680-2634.

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