DELTA — The annual Delta Days Celebration started with a beautiful warm day. A larger than usual number came to the Covered Bridge Run, 28 ran from What Cheer, Sigourney, New Sharon, Hedrick, Fairfield, Richland and Delta. The fastest 1 mile age 12-and-under trophy went to Mason Harter of Sigourney. This trophy is given every year since Garry McDermott started the tradition before his death. The fastest female trophy went to Stacie Shettler of Sigourney, and the fastest male trophy went to Nathan Fritz of Sigourney. This year's run sponsors were the Moore-Strong family.
The parade was next, and Michael Berg sang the National Anthem. Becky Stewert carried the U.S. flag and Merrill Moore carried the Iowa flag. They were followed by the Sigourney High School Marching Band.
The Grand Marshalls were "The 3 Ross Sisters" Gladys Souer, Marie Sauer and Ethel Roach, all Delta residents. They were driven by Babe Hauschild of What Cheer.
The Delta Fire Dept was next with fire vehicles driven by Todd Fisher (Delta Fire Chief) and Tony Ingle. Cassie Beaman and Dawn Whitmore handed out candy.
Ice cream was handed out to the children before and during the parade as a donation from Leda McAdams.
Rod Hart of Madrid drove a 1950 Dodge owned by Dixie Shipley. Mr. Delta (Jonathan Aller) and Miss Delta (Dani Aller) were driven by Roma Neitzel. Little Mr. Keokuk County Fair-Colton Voyles of Delta and Little Miss Keokuk County Fair-Brielle Williams of Hedrick were driven by Carol Ann Huffman.
A 1957 Ford Fairlane Retractable hardtop in memory of Joe Hollingsworth (deceased) and his wife Barb was driven by their daughters Beth Danowsky and Missy Ingle. Gary and Sandy VanPatten of What Cheer drove their 1974 Corvette. A new Ranger Pick-up (Wagler Motors) with trailer of pedal cars belonging to Larry and Marilyn Schroeder was driven by Larry Schroeder and Fred Snakenberg.
What Cheer fire vehicles were driven by Terry Burger, Travis Acord and Jeremy Bollinger. It was noted that Delta appreciates What Cheers Rescue and fire protection in Delta.
Quintin and Jasmine were leading the way for Grandpa Steve and Grandma Donna McAdams on their new toy, a new ranger. The Avenue of Flags (78) Trailer was pulled by Leroy James, vice-commander of the Sigourney VFW.Savhannah White and Ryleigh Leonard were promoting their can drive for the SEI Predators for their trip to the 2014 USSSA Worle Series in Branson, MO. Evan and Erin Dawson drove a 4-wheeler representing the Delta Christian and Methodist Churchs. They were followed by the Delta Day Committee float promoting Autism Awarness. This group sponsors many of the Delta Day activities. Riding on the float were Danny and Amie VanPatten, Tracy Hammes, Sue, Amy and Jacob Spain, Nikayla Taylor and Daman Dowd. Toni Van Wyk and Rita Tresslar promoting Healthy Connection of Oskaloosa.
Joel Goldman, a fourth-grader at Sigourney School was driving a 4-wheeler. John Deere tractors were driven by Larry Hartwig, Joe Goldman,Cade Streigle (driving his grandfather's tractor), Jon Streigle, Ed Molyneux, Dave Rains, Leon Streigle and Pat Hammes.
There was a 1953 Allis Chalmers originally owned by Clem Molyneux, driven by his great-grandson Wyatt Molyneux. Wyatt is the 4th generation to drive this tractor. There was a B Farmall driven by co-pilots Macy Fisch and Degan Shipley. Dylan Shipley followed on a 4-wheeler. Next was Strobels Inc. driven by Steve Strobel. Ed Wheeldon driving his 1969 Dodge Coronet (original unrestored) with 26,000 miles. Pat McAdams and Kay Augustine driving a Volkswagon Van. Ethan Bair drove a team and wagon, riding with him were the Keokuk County Fair Queen Laura Steinke and the 2 runner ups, Megan Garber and Sara Gragg. The last entry was June Rice (parade co-chair) and Richard Denny pulling the covered bridge built to scale by Jane Goll.
The National Anthem was sung by Amanda Rostami, before the antique tractor and truck pull started. Rod Hart was the announcer. The antique tractor pull has been held annually in Delta since the Delta Centennial in 1975.
A variety of types of music by Alice's Gospel Ministry of Oskaloosa was enjoyed by those present in the Town and Country Center in the afternoon.
Chicken Bingo winners were Rod Hart, Daryl Beckley and Tosha Joynas. The gas card was won by Meridith Holm.
Many gathered in the park to listen and dance to the music of James Moore and Friends "Jamming in the Park."
The final event for the 2013 Delta Days Celebration was Sunday morning with the Community Church Service, by the replica of the covered bridge. Vince Homan was the worship leader and the message was given by Pastor Henry Goetz. Following worship, there was time for fellowship on a beautiful day.