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June 6, 2014

Spend June 13-15 at Eldon's American Gothic Days

ELDON — Gothic Area Tourism of Eldon is gearing up for the annual American Gothic Days June 13-15.

The weekend will be filled with food, entertainment, contests and lots of outdoor activities for the whole family.

"I think it's so great that the community joins together to celebrate the town and why it's on the map," American Gothic House Center Administrator Holly Berg said. "Everybody is 'all hands on deck' all weekend to celebrate as a town. And it's a great way for the community to showcase all the historic sites we have, as the museums and opera house are all opened up for visitors."

• Friday night begins with Supper in the Park from 5-7:30 p.m. Fried fish and all the trimmings will be available for a freewill donation.

Also that night is the debut of "Pump Boys and Dinettes," the American Gothic Performing Arts Festival's first performance. It begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday at McHaffey Opera House and will be performed again at 2 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

• Saturday is a full day, beginning with breakfast at the Eldon United Methodist Church from 6-8 a.m.

Register for the 5K Walk/Run at the American Gothic House Center at 6:45 a.m., with the race set to begin at 7:30 a.m.

The parade will line up at the Assembly of God Church at 9 a.m. and will set off down the road at 10 a.m.

The barbecue chicken dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the KD Center, and free kids' games will be held there at the same time.

Join in the cardboard boat races at 3 p.m. at the Wapello County Fairgrounds on the edge of town.

• Sunday begins bright and early with registration for the bike ride at 6:45 a.m. at the American Gothic House Center and the ride beginning at 7:30 a.m.

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