Breakfast sandwiches will be for sale in Westside starting at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 24, which will be the second day of the town’s sesquicentennial celebration.
The parade is the highlight of the event on Saturday, but many other activities are lined up.
At 8 a.m., a run/walk race will start at the Westside sign on the Mill Creek Bridge on North Main Street.
“We thought that would be a scenic place to start it,” said sesquicentennial committee member Janine Kock. “They have a route marked out.”
One of the options on the run/walk is to take the north route to visit the Noethe farm, which has one of the oldest houses in the Westside area.
At 9:30 a.m., the Westside Legion and the Legion Riders will conduct a flag raising at Hoffman Park.
“They are going to meet at Kock Memorial Park on Highway 30 and make a route through town to the city park,” Kock said. “That’s where they will have the official flag raising for the day.”
A chainsaw carver will begin working on pieces at 10 a.m., which is when the food stand on Main Street and the Beer Garden at Hoffman Park open for business.
Activities at the park will include seven inflatables, face painting, a dunk tank and barrel rides.
“Everything at the park is available to anybody who has purchased a $5 wrist band,” Kock said.
A petting zoo will run from noon to 7 p.m.
The car show also begins at noon on Clinton Street in front of the school building. People’s choice trophies will be given.
All the trucks from the Westside Fire Station will be relocated for the weekend, which will allow the truck bay and the meeting room to be used for a quilt and antique show, which runs from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday.
“A lot of people are contributing things,” Kock said. “At last count, people will be bringing over 80 quilts.”
Many items of older Westside memorabilia will also be on display.
The Westside Legion will sponsor Bingo in the Community Room from 1 to 5 p.m.
“People that just want to go in the building and be in the air conditioning can play Bingo,” Kock said.
The Westside Fire Department will sponsor water fights on Eagle Street from 2 to 4 p.m.
The fire department will also be giving away watermelon near Hoffman Park at 5 p.m.
“Free watermelon has been a tradition at Watermelons Daze, so we’re adding that,” Kock said.
Westside native Paige Huntley, now a resident of Coon Rapids, will bring her band to Hoffman Park to perform from 3 to 6 p.m.
At 6 p.m., entertainment will switch from the park to the Main Street stage.
“We have two big acts that will be performing,” she said. “Brad Morgan is first, and then Pie in the Sky from the Des Moines area.”
An auction will take place between the acts. Prints number 1 and number 150 of the Westside Depot painting, a pedal car and chainsaw art will be among the items auctioned.
Pie in the Sky will begin performing at 9 p.m. and pause at 10:30 p.m. for the fireworks show.
“We’ll have a big fireworks show north of Highway 30 on Main Street,” Kock said. “People can stay right there to watch the fireworks and the band starts back up right after.”
Sunday’s activities will begin with a flag raising on the lawn of United Church on Main Street.
“That will precede a community church service at 9 a.m.,” Kock said. “Everybody is invited to come for the service and a community choir will be singing.”
A choir rehearsal will take place at 7 p.m. on July 31 at the church.
“Anybody who likes to sing can come and join in,” she said.
An alternative activity on Sunday morning will be the tractor ride, which begins at the FAC Agronomy Center on the west edge of town.
“They will be taking a scenic ride out to the north and west of Westside,” Kock said. “They’ll be back by noon so people can enjoy the Staley’s chicken dinner at the Community Building.
The chicken dinner runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Western Iowa Garden Tractor Pulling Association will sponsor a garden tractor pull at 11 a.m. and the West Central Iowa Pullers will sponsor a pull for big tractors at 2 p.m.
The garden tractor pull will take a break at 12:30 for a “Quilt of Valor” presentation by the legion at Kock Memorial Park.
“They have eight quilts that will be awarded to area veterans,” Kock said. “Sheryl Podey has been spearheading that and has made all the quilts.”
A raffle drawing after the chicken dinner will feature two $500 and five $150 cash prizes.
Westside memorabilia will be available all weekend.
“We have everything from t-shirts to pottery to a little Westside bear with a Westside t-shirt on it to playing cards and a cutting board,” she said.
Sales will take place in the Community Building whenever it is open during the sesquicentennial.
Tickets for the event are on sale now.
“Everything on Friday and Saturday nights will be done using tickets,” Kock said. “No cash will be accepted at the beer garden or the food stand or anything else they need money for.”
Ticket booths will be set up on the weekend of the event, but Kock encourages anyone planning to attend to buy tickets early.
Tickets are $1 each and those sold between now and August 1 include a deal for one free ticket for every 10 purchased.
Tickets are available at the Observer office in Westside or at Westside State Bank.
The Westside Sesquicentennial runs from August 23 to 25.