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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 28, 2014

Whoopee this weekend

By Xiomara Levsen | Jun 10, 2013
Brighton Whoopee Days 2012 grand marshal Paul Hagist rode in a convertible during the annual parade. This year Brighton celebrates the 103nd Whoopee Days celebration.

BRIGHTON—Brighton’s 2013 Whoopee Days will be 103 years old this year. All sorts of activities will be taking place throughout the weekend to help celebrate.
“We’ll have something for everyone,” said Brighton Chamber of Commerce board member Nancy Adrian. “There will be family entertainment with the kids games and the carnival to a lot of musical performances.”
The four days of activities begin on Thursday evening. There will be concession stands in the park from 4 to 9 p.m. The carnival will be from 6 to 9 p.m. as well.
At 7 p.m. the Bill Riley Talent Show will take place. This is a new date for the talent show, Adrian said. Other festivals will be happening the same time as Brighton Whoopee Days and a lot of the participants will travel to each talent show. The date was changed to help with conflicts, Adrian said.
Things begin at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 14, with the barn quilt tour of nature loop. This is the second year this will be offered, Adrian said.
Also, the Fun Show presented by the Lake Darling Saddle Club at the horse arena will start at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m. the Comedy Magic Show featuring Jonathan May from Des Moines will be at Central Park.
Saturday things begin with the Whoopee Walk at 6:30 a.m. Participants are asked to meet at the Community Center.
From 7 to 9 a.m. is the Lions breakfast at the Community Center. The parade line up will be at 9 a.m. This year’s theme is “Country Roots & Cowboy Boots.”
“Each year we have a contest to pick the theme and this is the one that won this year,” Adrian said. “Hopefully, people in the parade will use this theme.”
At 11 a.m. registration will begin for the mud run. The mud run will take place at 1 p.m.
“The mud run draws the biggest crowd,” Adrian said. “They do a good job and have a lot of fun doing it.”
There will be a new activity held in Central Park on Saturday. Adrian said she is really excited for this activity.
“We’ll have the “Preaching Pickers” Gary Smith and Sheri Locke on Saturday,” Adrian said. “They will go around and look for things they can re-purpose and will take it back to their shop in Fort Smith.”
The “Preaching Pickers” event will be held on Saturday, June 15, from 3 to 4 p.m. at Central Park. They will look at items and will either buy them or auction them off to other participants.
“I’m hoping we can get people to come and bring things with them,” Adrian said.
The pie-eating contest, which is a crowd favorite, will be returning to Whoopee Days this year, Adrian said. It will take place at 5:30 p.m. at Central Park. Michael Pringle will be returning to defend his grand championship from two years ago.
Saturday evening from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. country artist Terry Smith from Nashville will perform at Central Park. This is the first year he’s been available for Whoopee Days. Adrian said people have been asking for years for him to come and perform at Whoopee Days, and this year it just worked out.
From 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Starbolt will take the stage. They are a local band, which plays music from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, Adrian said.
Whoopee Days will end on Sunday with the church service in the park at 10 a.m. This year the Community Ecumenical Church will be the church doing the service. The name of the sermon for this year is “Brighton, Who’s Your Father?”



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