Clemons Day Festival slated for Aug. 19


CLEMONS — “Trains, Planes and Automobiles” is the theme of this year’s Clemons Day Festival, set for Saturday, Aug. 19, with several unique events planned.

Participants will start the day off with a pancake breakfast at the Orphan Grain Train in the former Clemons Lutheran School Building. Serving from 9 a.m. to noon, the menu will include pancakes, sausage, fruit, juice and coffee. A free will donation of either money or material items such as clothing, household or medical items, will be collected.

The model airplane club headed by Garry Brandenburg will set up a display of their planes and fly some of the smaller ones uptown on Clemons’ Main Street from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Patrons will be able to watch the planes fly, talk with club members and view the larger planes.

From 12-1 p.m., entries will be accepted for the “Ugliest Vehicle Contest.” To be eligible to enter any vehicle, car or pick-up, must be driven into town and when the contest is over, driven out of town. There is no entry fee, however, visitors get to vote for the vehicle they think is the ugliest for $1 per vote. The owner of the vehicle with the most votes will receive a $50 Casey’s gift card, the second place vote-getter will receive $25 Casey’s gift card. Votes will be tallied around 3:30 or 4 p.m.

Also beginning at noon, a kids carnival will be operating around the community building. This will include a bounce house/slide and lots of different games where children can win prizes. The concession stand at Gary Harding Park will open then. There will be various activities at several stations along Main Street during this time.

The anchor event, a presentation by Denny Rehber, creator of “Grass Between the Rails,” a narrative of stories and song about railroading in Iowa, will begin at 2 p.m. in Gary Harding Park. There is no charge for this program. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets as there is no seating other than folding chairs.

After this presentation, the day will end with a mini-tractor pull, family-oriented games, contests and award prizes.

“We want our town’s celebration to be unique, one that will pique people’s interest,” said Clemons Mayor Marlene Krough. “We invite everyone to cruise to Clemons for a good time.”