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Whoopee Days kicks off Thursday evening

Jun 12, 2018
Photo by: file photo Brighton’s annual summer celebration Whoopee Days begins Thursday and this year will feature the dedication of the Washington County Freedom Rock.

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


BRIGHTON — Made in the USA will be the theme of the 108th annual Whoopee Days and events will include the dedication of the Washington County Freedom Rock and a laying of a wreath in memory of Craig Rich, a Brighton resident who died 50 years ago during the Vietnam War.

Whoopee Days, which begins Thursday, June 14, and runs through Sunday’s traditional 10 a.m. community church service in the park, also will include several long-standing events including street dances Friday and Saturday night, at CaManders, a magic show, the Bill Riley Talent Show and the annual parade Saturday. The grand marshals — area Vietnam veterans — of the event will be introduced at 7 p.m. Thursday immediately before the magic show.

“The big new excitement this year is the dedication of the county Freedom Rock,” organizer Nancy Adrian said. “That will be on Saturday. We also will have the artist speak and talk about his Freedom Rock tour. Sue Rich of Veterans Affairs will give a short presentation as well.”

The patriotic service begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday with a dedication of the Washington County Freedom Rock. At the time, the laying of a wreath in Rich’s memory also will be held. A special program honoring “Those Who Serve” will be held at 6 p.m. in City Park with local author Cheyenne Miller and CW3 Joseph W. Mineart speaking. At 6:30 p.m. the Washington Municipal Band will play patriotic music.

Friday events include bingo and at 5:30 p.m. the “Little Darling” cute kids contest will be open to any child between six months and eight years. Registration is at 5:15 p.m. The Bill Riley Talent Show will follow at 7:30 p.m. The Brighton Chamber of Commerce is again sponsoring the show. There will be two age divisions with the winner of each division advancing to the Iowa State Fair. The sprout division will be from ages 2-12. The senior division is for contestants from 13 to 21. Trophies and cash prizes will be presented. Entries will be accepted until slots are filled. For more information contact Adrian at (319) 863-3336 or nancyadrian056@gmail.com.

Saturday begins with the Whoopee Walk at 7 a.m. and the Brighton Lions breakfast at 7 a.m. in the community center. The Ding Darling Tractor Ride to Lake Darling begins at 7 a.m. with a lineup at Terry’s Feed Service. The annual parade begins at 10 a.m. and planners hop it will be one of the largest every with the “Made in the USA” theme. following the parade will be the Kids Hawkeye Pedal Tractor Pull at 11:30 a.m. A mud run will be held at 1 p.m. at the ball fields. New this year is a cemetery walk at Hillcrest Cemetery where the early history of Brighton from the first settlers to the Civil war will be shared. The Best Darn Cookie contest will be held at 3 p.m. at the Community Center. A Whoopee Pie eating contest will be held at 5 p.m.


2018 Whoopee Days Schedule


4 - 9 p.m. Brighton Lions Concessions — Brighton City Park Pavilion

5:30 - 7 p.m. Whoopee Days Bingo — Brighton Community Center

6 - 7 p.m. Abe Miller “Hometown Harmony” — Brighton City Park Stage

6 - 10 p.m. Amusement Associaties Carnival Downtown

6 - 10 p.m. Karaoke Contest — CaMander’s Bar & Grill

7 p.m. Introduction of Grand Marshals -Brighton City Park Stage

7:30 p.m. The Magic of Eric Michaels — Brighton City Park Stage



4 - 10 p.m. Amusement Associates Carnival

4 - 9 p.m. Brighton Lions Concessions

5:30 - 7 p.m. Whoopee Days Bingo — Brighton Community Center

5:30 p.m. “Little Darling” Cute Kids — Contest Open to ages 6 months-8 years

Brighton City Park Stage

7:30 p.m. Annual Bill Riley Talent Show — Brighton City Park Stage

8 p.m. Midnight Street Dance/Beer Garden featuring Kross Kountry — CaMander’s Bar & Grill



All Day Displays

• University of Iowa Mobile Education Unit

• Iowa DNR Education Unit

• Spirit of Iowa Tribute Bell

7 a.m. Annual Whoopee Walk — Meet at Brighton Community Center

7 - 9 a.m. Brighton Lion’s Breakfast — Brighton Community Center

7 a.m. Ding Darling Highway Tractor Ride — Line up at Terry’s Feed Service

9 a.m. Parade lineup

9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Christner’s 1920 Station — Across from Brighton City Hall

9:30 a.m. Parade float judging

10 a.m. 108th Whoopee Days Parade — 2018 Theme: “Made In The USA”

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Face Painting by Judy Bloom — Brighton City Park Tent

11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Brighton Lions Concessions

11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Vendor Fair — Brighton City Park Tent

11 a.m. Chamber Mud Run Concessions open Brighton Ball Fields

11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Amusement Associaties Carnival

11:15 a.m. Mud Run Registration — Brighton Ball Fields

11:30 a.m. Hawkeye Pedal Tractor Pull-Open to ages 4-11 years old

Brighton City Park Basketball Court

1 p.m. Whoopee Days Mud Run — Brighton Ball Fields

1 - 2:30 p.m. Brighton Bear Reunion - Open to anyone who worked at or attended Brighton schools — Brighton Community Center

4 p.m. “Best Darn Cookie” Contest — Brighton Community Center

5 p.m. Whoopee Pie Contest — Brighton City Park Pavilion Sponsored by Washington Hy-Vee

5:30 p.m. Washington County Freedom Rock Dedication & Laying of Wreath in honor of Craig Rich — Corner of Hwy. 1 & 78 (former BJ’s Stop Off)

6 p.m. “Those Who Serve” — CW3 Joseph W. Mineart & Cheyenne Miller — Brighton City Park Stage

6:30 p.m. Washington Municipal Band — Brighton City Park Stage

8 p.m. — Midnight Street Dance featuring Aces & Eights — CaManders Bar & Grill



10 a.m. Community Church Service -Brighton City Park Stage

Rain location for park events is the Brighton Gym.

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