Eagle Fire Co. firefighters and first responders are hoping a large crowd joins them for their annual festival June 28-29. Many activities will center around a Western theme, reports chairperson Lori Luers.
Oldenburg festgoers are encouraged to dress in their best cowboy/cowgirl or Indian gear with prizes awarded for the top costumes. “Just show up at the shelter behind the firehouse Saturday at 6 p.m., when a group of firemen and women will do the judging.”
Visitors may even want to try their hands at bull riding. The winner will be determined by who stays on the mechanical bull the longest. The cost is $5 for one attempt, $8 for two and $10 for three tries.
Friday night, Western chow will be served. Smoked pork chops dinners, complete with pork and beans, scalloped potatoes, applesauce or cole slaw, homemade desserts and a drink are $11 for adults and $6 for kids, announces Tom Nobbe, who is in charge of the food.
The youngsters will have many activities to participate in, Luers emphasizes. Two baby bear cubs, a lemur and a tiger cub from Stapp’s Circle S Ranch, Greensburg, will be on site. “Kids will get to interact with some of the animals …. and a clown will be walking around making balloon animals.” The youngsters will also be entertained by three bounce houses and various games. A kiddie tractor pull begins at 4 p.m. Saturday. Age categories are 3-4, 5-6 and 7-8.
Just as the West expanded over the years, so will the fest this year. Some activities will be set up across the street from the firehouse in the grassy area next to the church, she reveals.
A few changes will be made with Saturday’s parade registration and lineup. Participants can register from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. A table will be set up at the corner of Werner and Water streets, reports organizer Willie Ronnebaum. Participants “need to come to me there to be registered and get a number. They will line up in the order they come in.”