At a recent Wayland city council meeting, the Wayland Fire Department gave its annual report.
The department answered 119 calls and had 11 men on average on each call for the 2012-13 fiscal year.
The roster includes: Kyle Collins, Marcus Davis, Ryan Davis, Cale Garrett, Troy Graber, Joe Hammen, Keith Hildebrand, Zach Jepson, Ben Leighty, Kurt Leichty, Mat Leichty (Chief), Shawn Martin, Ron Mast, Rex McGuire, Jeremy Miller, Josh Miller, Mike Miller, Loren Rich, Cline Roth, Mike Shepherd, Scott Shumaker, Josh Stauffer, Jason Unternahrer, John Widmer, and Russell Yoder.
The 2013 Fourth of July Celebration in Wayland was one of the biggest ever.
Fifty-nine participated in the Fun Walk/Run.
The Wayland Lions hosted the biggest attendance ever for their annual breakfast. Farmers and Merchants Mutual Telephone 75th anniversary lunch served approximately 500. An equally large group attended the evening meal for the benefit of Parkview Home.
The parade was also well attended with both sides of Main Street lined with spectators from Washington Street down to Parkview Home. The kiddie parade registered 22 entries with 55 persons, and there were 98 entries for the main part of the parade.
George Brooks was the Honorary Grand Marshal in Memoriam. He was represented by his descendants.
The evening dance did not get a lot of response and was canceled. Perhaps by late afternoon it was just too hot and muggy and people were resting.
A great event just got better! The Southeast Iowa Showdown is now in its ninth year and has made huge changes to better serve the youth of southeast Iowa. Previously held the last Sunday of the Des Moines County Fair, the Showdown showcased all the grand champion cattle, sheep, and goats from fairs in the counties of Des Moines, Henry, Lee, Louisa, Muscatine, and Washington. This year, many changes took place to better serve and showcase the youth of southeast Iowa.
The 2013 Showdown will be held on a new date and at a new location. These changes allow the addition of a new category, market swine, and the addition of two new counties to the event, Johnson and Jefferson.
This year’s showdown will be on Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Lee County Fairgrounds. The new venue will make it possible to offer four free clinics that will be available to all 4-H and FFA students from all eight counties. There will be a swine, goat, sheep and cattle clinic. The clinics are designed to help students hone their showmanship and grooming skills.
New this year will also be five scholarship opportunities — four $500 scholarships for qualified junior and senior showmen, and one $500 scholarship available to any senior who attends the clinics. The enhancements to the showdown will allow the participation of more students, offer more rewards, and continue to build on the quality skills of the 4-H and FFA students in southeast Iowa. Many area businesses and supporters have banded together to offer a nice prize package for all participants in this years’ showdown.
All area youth are invited to attend the free clinic Aug. 3 and watch the champion steer, heifer, market lamb, ewe, market goat, breeding goat, and market swine from eight counties go head-to-head as they compete to crown the 2013 Showdown Champion.
For more information, please contact the Showdown Committee at <firstname.lastname@example.org>, or call Dewey Loyd at 319-850-0671 or David Schlatter at 319-750-7688.