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Keota’s Fun Days kicks off Thursday

Jun 05, 2018
Photo by: file photo Keota Fun Days begins this Thursday. This year’s events will include a talent show, a professional wrestling match, and a baking contest.

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


KEOTA — The longtime Fun Days community event is back this coming weekend and event-goers should be ready to rumble.

Coordinator Andy Conrad said that on Friday night, June 8, as a replacement for the garden tractor pull, which was unable to be done this year, Central Empire Wrestling will take the stage. He described the event as similar to WWE wrestling and said there would be five matches held in the main ring. The event is free and open to the public.

“It worked out this wrestling fell into my lap,” Conrad said. “They are about 20-minute matches. We aren’t going to set up any seating because it is free, but peiople are welcome to bring lawn chairs.” Conrad added coolers will not be allowed in, as it is a family event.

For regular atendees of the Keota Fun Days, they’ll remember the garden tractor pull, which wrestling is replacing, is usually held on Saturday afternoon. However, due to recent weather patterns, Conrad said the plan was to hold the event later in the evening for the comfort of the audience.

Wrestling isn’t the only new attraction this year. The first annual Keota Fun Days Baking Contest is scheduled to take place Saturday morning. Conrad said there will be five difference categories in the contest: cookies and bars, pies, cakes, rolls, and other desserts. A table will be set up in front of the Libertyville Savings Banks. Entries can be submitted beginning at 9 a.m., with judging at 10 a.m. Conrad said there have been many inquiries about the contest and he believes it will be well attended.

The remainder of the weekend activities will be traditional Fun Days events. While Conrad does not remember how long Fun Days has been held in Keota, he said it is an event that is a point of pride for many people who live in town.

“A lot of community events are run by cities,” Conrad said. “Fun Days is not. Fun Days is self-sustaining. We operate through the Community Club in town, but we raise our own money to set the budget for the year.”

Conrad’s first memory of Fun Days was the Keota Centennial event in 1973. He remembers the carnival rides set up in Wilson Park and the dance held by the now-defunct city Jaycees. About eight years ago the events were moved downtown. Instead of having events broken up into two areas as they were in the past, it made more sense to hold everything downtown. He said Broadway Avenue would close Friday evening to make room for the events.

“We take a lot of pride in this,” he said. “A lot of community events have disappeared over the years but we still keep this one going.”


Thursday, June 7

6:30 p.m. Bill Riley Talent Show at KHS Jr High Gym


Friday, June 8

5:30 p.m. Food stands open on Broadway. Proceeds go to Keota Fun Days

6 p.m. Kids Parade sign up by Libertyville Savings Bank Registration Begins @ 5:45pm - No Theme

6 p.m. Fun Days Horseshoe Tournament East of the Roost. Signup is at the Roost

6 p.m. Pedal Pull registration 6:30 p.m. starts on Fulton St East of the Roost.

6:30 p.m. Keota Community Club Ice Cream Social on Broadway.

6:30 p.m. Music by the Keota Brass on Broadway.

8 p.m. Central Empire Wrestling, five matches on Broadway Avenue


Saturday June 9

8 a.m. Keota Fun Run starting At Keota Elementary School. Registration is 7-7:45a.m.

9 — 10 a.m. First Annual Keota Fun Days Baking Contest Judging at 10 a.m.

11 a.m. Grand Parade down Broadway Avenue Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Parish Hall.

11 a.m. Food Booths open on Broadway.

1 p.m. Kids carnival games on Broadway Ave.

1 p.m. Bean Bag tournament East Of The Roost

6 p.m. KHS 127th Alumni Banquet at Keota High School Main Gym

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