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Cleghorn Ice Cream Day features local bandleader

Friday, June 3, 2011

New equipment at Cleghorn City Park - Work is progressing on the installation of the playground equipment in he Cleghorn City Park by Tim Peterson and his crew with some volunteer help. Due to the early cold winter, other obligations and inclelment spring weather, the work has been delayed, but hopefully it will be completed in time for Cleghorn Ice Cream Day on June 11. Photo contributed.
Cleghorn native Jeremy Ehrig, the son of Tony and JoAnne Ehrig, will bring his three-piece combo, "Down to Here," to play for the evening street dance at Ice Cream Day in Cleghorn on Saturday, June 11. The band will be playing from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m.

Jeremy is a 1990 Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn graduate and went on to Moorhead State College in Moorhead, Minn. to major in music. Not wanting to teach, he joined one of the several groups in college. In the spring they had the battle of the bands and as a freshman Jeremy's group won that battle. They played together on the road for five years, playing in the Midwestern states such as Colorado, Minnesota, Wyoming and the Dakotas to name a few.

His present band, "Down to Here." Is made up of Jeremy and two other players. He does keep in touch with the original players, however they are scattered in different cities, married and have families.

Jeremy began his musical career as a young boy when, after his grandfather's death, his drums were stored in the family basements where Jeremy would go down and play with them. In fifth grade he took up the percussion instruments in the school band. In junior high he began playing with his dad, Tony, and his band, and continued with that through high school. Also, while in high school he hooked up with fellow schoolmates, Jay Byers, Jamie Egger, Jenny and Becky Rupp, to form the group "Blitz." The played locally for dancing.

Jeremy is employed in Omaha at the Midwest Sound & Lighting, installing P.A. equipment in large sites, such as churches, auditoriums and other venues. He also does some local playing alone with his guitar and operating drums with his foot.

So plan to attend the street dance at Ice Cream Day and enjoy "Sown to Here."

Cleghorn Ice Cream Day will be held on Saturday, June 11 with activities beginning at 4 p.m. with kids games, bingo, jumping castle, pop ring toss, train rides, and pie by the American Legion Auxiliary served in the Cleghorn Community Center.

At 5 p.m. there will be a cakewalk, at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 7 p.m. there will be Quack Crap Bingo. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. the Cleghorn Fire Department will serve supper consisting of pork loin sandwich on a bakery bun, cole slaw, potato chips, baked beans, and lemonade and ice tea for $6. Kids meal will substitute a hot dog for the pork loin sandwich for $3, children under four will eat for free.

Free ice cream sundaes will be served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. the famous auction with many items furnished by merchants will take place. The committee is very grateful and thanks those who have furnished these items. Don Pitts will be the auctioneer, assisted by Jim Thomson and there time is greatly appreciated.

Raffle tickets are available at $2 or three for $5 for a quilt, finished by Mary McIntosh and Jean VerSteeg and machine quilted by Britta Stowater, two processed half hogs, and cash prizes for $100 and two $50. Drawing will be held at 8:30 p.m. The street dance will be from 9 p.m. to 1 p.m. and admission is $5

Ice Cream Days were first begun in 1986 and with an all-school reunion, prior to the 1990 Cleghorn Centennial. They consisted of games, food and an evening's entertainment for everyone. Because of the lack of interest a few years after the Centennial, Ice Cream Day was dropped. It was started again in 2006 as a fundraiser fro the new Community Center. Since then proceeds have gone to many other projects for the Community Center and Park.

Tim Petersen and a crew of volunteers have installed this year new playground equipment. The equipment was purchased from the closed North Elementary School in Storm Lake.

Future proceeds will possibly be directed toward the Cleghorn Quasquicentennial to take place in 2015.

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