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Black Dirt Days to return this weekend

Festival features free entertainment

June 5, 2012
By LUKE STALZER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

If you're looking for a fun-filled family oriented weekend, look no further than Conrad this Friday and Saturday.

The community will once again host its annual Black Dirt Days which takes on a "Pirate Adventure" theme.

Organizer Angie Martin said, "This goes back 20 years, but it died off for a little while and now it's back for the fourth straight year better than ever."

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Pictured in their pirate attire are this year’s Mr. and Miss Black Dirt Days Mason Beeghly and Kaylee Grant. You can catch all of the action at Black Dirt Days “Pirate Adventure” this Friday and Saturday in Conrad.

The event will kick off on Friday night at 6 p.m. and the fireworks, which Martin said are always a huge hit, will be let off around 9:30 p.m. at the BCLUW football field.

"We are excited for all of the new events and the old ones," Martin said. "We've got Dueling Pianos this year which will perform from 8 to 11 p.m. on Friday night and we also are featuring a truck and tractor pull on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.; both are new to BDD."

Along with the entertainment, there will be bounce houses and many different activities set up for kids who will each get a wristband allowing unlimited access to the rides.

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Conrad Black Dirt Days


9 - 6 p.m. Quilt Show at Hens & Chicks

5:30pm Pedal Pull Registration

6 -8 p.m. Dunk Tank

6 -8 p.m. Home Business Fair

6 -9 p.m. Smiley Face Train Rides, pony ridfes

6 -9 p.m. Pony Go Round Pony Rides

6 -10 p.m. Jumpin' Bean, swing chair, giant slide

6 p.m. Kiddie Pedal Tractor Pull

7 p.m. 20 Ft. long Ice Cream Sundae

8 p.m.-12a.m. Dueling Pianos Street Dance

9:30 p.m. Fireworks


Reunion Park Family Aquatic Center

8-10 a.m. MidWestOne Bank

Community Breakfast

8 to 10 a.m. Fire Truck and ambulance Tours

8 a.m. - Dash & Splash

9:30 a.m. - Conrad Chamber Main Street Dog Show

11:30 a.m. - Grand parade

9 a.m.. -6 p.m. Quilt Show at Hens & Chicks

9:30 a.m. Antique Tractor & Truck Pull Registration

11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Heritage Hall Museum OPEN

11 a.m. Wood Carving Exhibit

Noon - 1:30 p.m. Sheltered Reality

12:00-6pm Dunk Tank, train rides

Noon - 9 p.m. Jumpin' Bean, Giant Slide, rock climbing wall, other games

12:30 p.m. Antique Tractor & Truck Pull

1:00-6pm Pony Go Round Pony Rides

1 p.m. Wood Carving Demonstration

2: p.m and 4 p.m. The Amazing Arthur

3 p.m. Travis Wizardry

3 p.m. Wood Carving Demonstration

4 p.m. The Amazing Arthur

5 p.m. Dirt Cake Eating Contest

5 p.m. Wood Carving Demonstration

5 p.m. Car Show Registration

5:30-8 p.m. Car Show

5:30 p.m. Travis Wizardry

6 p.m. The Amazing Arthur

7 p.m. Wood Carving Auction

8 p.m. Midnight Route 66 Street Dance

"Just about everything is free," Martin said.

Other free entertainment includes performances by local band "Route 66," Comedian "The Amazing Arthur," Magician "Travis Wizardry," and, once again, the popular "Carvings By Keenan" which features chainsaw carvings.

Martin also said that numerous vendors will be on hand on both Friday and Saturday so there will be plenty to do both days. For more information you can go online to

Black Dirt Days is made possible by donations from area businesses and community members. Martin said that if interested, you can donate to the event by mailing a check to PO Box 10, Conrad, IA 50621.

"We couldn't do this without the community support," Martin said.



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