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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 29, 2014

Whoopee Days is this weekend

By David Hotle | Jun 16, 2014
Photo by: Journal file photo This was a float called “these boots are made for pedaling” in the Brighton Whoopee Days Parade last June.  The parade will be held this Saturday in Brighton beginning at 10 a.m.

BRIGHTON—Organizer Nancy Adrian says that the 2014 running of the annual Brighton citywide festival Whoopee Days will be a blend of old favorite events and new activities for the entire family.
The events kick off Thursday. Concession stands open at 4 p.m. and a carnival armband special starts at 6 p.m. A ribbon cutting and dedication to showcase the new stage in City Park will be held at 6:45 p.m.
“We hope to have Riverboat Foundation members, Lions Club members, Brighton Horizons and chamber members because they all helped fund the new stage,” Adrian said.
The Bill Riley Jr. Talent Show will begin at 7 p.m.
On Friday, the carnival and concessions will open at 4 p.m. Bingo will be offered in the community center at 5 p.m. The Lake Darling Saddle Club will put on a fun show in the Brighton Horse Arena at 6 p.m. Area band Starbolt will perform at 7 p.m. in City Park. A beer garden with dance and karaoke contest will be held on the basketball court beginning at 9 p.m. First prize will be $100 and second prize will be $50.
Saturday’s events begin with the Whoopee Walk beginning from the community center at 6:30 a.m. A Lions Club breakfast will be held beginning at 7 p.m. in the community center. Christner’s 1920 station will be open for tours across from City Hall. The annual parade will be held at 10 a.m. with Jack and Doris Moore as grand marshals leading the parade. The theme this year is “Brighton, that’s where I come from.”
“We are having a new category in the parade for redneck trucks,” Adrian said.
The trucks will be displayed after the parade.
At 11:15 a.m. the “Little Darling” cute kids contest will be held on the new stage. The Brighton chamber Mud Run will be held at 1 p.m. at the ball field. Also at 1 p.m. the Brighton Bear reunion will be held at the community center.
“That is for anyone who attended Brighton school, taught, worked, or even parents can come,” Adrian said.
Another new contest follows. The Best Darn Cook contest will be held at the community center. Adrian said that in Brighton, people are already beginning to “trash talk” other entrants. Categories will include cupcakes, cookies, fruit pies and cinnamon rolls.
The Darling Pet contest will be held at 5 p.m. on the stage. Another round of Bingo will also start at 5 p.m. at the community center. The Whoopee pie eating contest will be held at 6 p.m. in City Park. At 7 p.m. Just Us Girls will perform on the stage, leading into the Nearly Elvis tribute performed by Ron Semler. A street dance begins at 9 p.m.

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