Annual Founders Day celebration scheduled

Published 9:13 pm Wednesday, September 6, 2017

NORTHWOOD — The 14th annual Founders Day will take place Saturday in Northwood.

Activities will begin with an omelet breakfast by the Northwood Lions Club from 7 to 9:30 a.m. at Masonic Temple, 99 Eighth St. N. Breakfast will include omelets, muffins, juice, coffee and milk for $7.

The Aristocrats Car Show will begin with registration from 8 to 11 a.m. on Central Avenue. Voting will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with awards given out at 3 p.m. According to a press release, there will be trophies for the top 35 participants, and 11 special awards will be given as well.

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For more information about the car show, call John Anderson at 641-324-1834.

Registration for the annual 5k fun run will be at 8 a.m. in the shelter house at Central Park. The race will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m.

The cemetery walk will be at 9 a.m. in Sunset Rest Cemetery. The event will feature the lives of Hoel Hinman, a Civil War veteran; Doris Johnson, a Northwood-Kensett school teacher; and Eddie Bigelow, the first caucasian child to be buried in the cemetery. In case of rain, the event will be moved to the council room at city hall.

A sand volleyball tournament will take place at 10 a.m. in Swensrud Park. At 10 a.m. there will also be an open house at the Stromstein building.

The Northwood Special Events Committee will sponsor entertainment for the event. Robby Vee, the son of rock ‘n’ roll legend Bobby Vee, will perform from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the Show Mobile Stage. According to a press release, there will be several drawings for Northwood Dollars during the concert. Participants can enter anytime from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Norwegian goodie booth. Winners will be announced during the concert’s intermission and must be present to claim their prize.

The community’s museums will be open from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. as well. The Top of Iowa Shriners will provide free golf cart rides from the main museum and schoolhouse to the log cabin, old creamery and machinery museum. Rides will depart from the library.

From noon to 3 p.m. there will be wine tasting at Nine Pines Vineyard, 521 Central Ave.

A horseshoe tournament will take place at 3 p.m. in Swensrud Park.

Northwood Community Center will host a lunch, including brats and root beer floats, a silent auction and vendors.

Street vendors will line the street and many local restaurants and stores will be open for business. Children’s activities, including inflatables and miniature golf, will be available at no charge to families. Many class reunions are scheduled on this day as well.

Verla Perry, one of the event coordinators, said there are still vendor spots available. There is no cost for the spots; however, she does urge vendors to register in advance so a spot can be saved for them. Perry can be reached at 641-324-2252 or