Quimby Watermelon Days
Friday, July 3, 2009
Photos by Ron Flewelling
The town of Quimby held their annual Watermelon Days on the weekend of June 26 - 27, 2009, and a "good time was had by all" who attended the traditional small-town Iowa summer celebration.
Drippy doin's -
As usual, Quimby's Watermelon Days served plenty of icy cold melon to the horde of fun-seeking folks dropping by for their event. Among those wrapping themselves around a couple of dripping slices were sisters Katie and Sarah Carnes.
Slota service -
A lot of folks pitched in to help make the Quimby Churches' Food Stand a success at Watermelon Days. Among those turning in exemplary volunteer labors was Barb Slota of Washta who displayed some admirable table cleaning expertise during the event.
Kerns convocation -
The Town and Country's Bingo stand at Quimby's Watermelon Days is always a popular spot for a lot of folks attending the event. Among those spotted trying their luck at the stand were members of the Kerns convocation, namely Sylvia Kerns and her daughters Doreen Sambrano and Gloria Bjorkland.
Casey's prizes -
There were a lot of prizes won at the games found on the Midway at Watermelon Days. Casey Herron was one of those seen laden down with a number of carnival windfalls, proof of his skill at several of those games. Photo by Ron Flewelling.
Fantastic frog -
The participants in the Quimby Watermelon Days children's parade were joined by a special greenish guest, the Mascot Frog from the Kingspointe Water Park. The friendly froggie is seen in this photo making the acquaintance of Clare Haselhoff who for her part, seems quite taken with the towering tadpole.
Radical ride -
A Watermelon Day carnival wouldn't be complete without a merry-go-round, a ride enjoyed by a lot of folks, including Michelle McCampbell, Jack Ray and Emalie Ladenthin.
Sure shooting -
The games on the Midway are always a lot of fun at Watermelon Days. The Olson Gang, namely Blaine and Riley Olson and their dad Brian, also used the shooting arcade as an opportunity to hone their marksmanship skills.
Pioneer power! -
The theme for this year's Watermelon Days children's' parade was "Anything Goes." Two of the parade participants, Trevor and Teagan Stevenson opted to make the march togged out like turn-of-the-century youngsters.
Be prepared -
The stiff breezes and periodic rain squalls Friday evening didn't deter folks from having a good time at Watermelon Days. Rita Zimmerman of Cherokee, for example, took a lesson from the Boy Scouts and came prepared with her umbrella, just the ticket when it comes to those pesky vagaries in the weather pattern.
Rocket recreation -
The carnival rides at Watermelon Days were kept running full tilt throughout the duration of the celebration. In this photo, Emma and Jacob Friedrichsen are seen enjoying a spin on the Rocket Ride.
Fire sale -
As part of the Watermelon Days celebration, the members of the Quimby Fire Department and their auxiliary, the Spitfires, conducted a mega-rummage sale at the fire station. Among those volunteers helping out at the event were sisters Tracie and Jessie Tuutle, the daughters of Quimby fireman Mark Tuttle.