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Cherokee County communities host popular weekend celebrations

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Quimby Watermelon Days, Meriden Hazard Days on tap

Those looking for some fabulous family weekend entertainment won't have to look far this weekend.

Starting on Friday, the annual Quimby Watermelon Festival kicks off in Quimby with the kids parade events at 6 p.m., with the parade theme "The Great Outdoors."

From 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. there will be Bingo and there also will be $20 cash drawings sponsored by Central Bank at 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., and you must be present to win.

The Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Quimby Baptist Church and the Quimby United Methodist Church will be providing food stands during both days of the festival.

Saturday, June 25, events will start with a cakewalk at the Quimby Community Center from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Bingo again from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., and free watermelon will be at 8 p.m.

Both nights will have the McDermott Family Show providing rides and advance ride tickets are available at Shell Food Mart in Quimby, and Cargo Express in Washta. Also on both nights there will be a beer garden opened at the Quimby Fire Station, plus Dale Harvey's Homemade Ice Cream will be available.

Saturday night will also be a busy night for the town of Meriden, which will be hosting its second annual Hazard Days street dance sponsored by the Meriden Fire and Rescue.

Named after a member of railroad man John Blair's family, Hazard was the original name for a quiet yet friendly Cherokee County community developed in December, 1869.

Because they were not especially fond of Blair, and because they feared that the name 'Hazard' would give people the impression that the town was not safe, the name of the town was changed from Hazard to Meriden after the locals put in a request to the U.S. Postal Service in 1874, and it has been Meriden ever since.

But last year some Meriden residents started what they hope will be an annual salute to the town's founding fathers.

Though Meriden's population is small, the town remains a very self-sufficient community, raising money to construct a fire station/city hall and a multi-purpose community center, and proceeds from Saturday's events will go towards the purchase of a new fire truck for the Meriden Fire Department.

The Cherokee County Beef Producers will be grilling out in Meriden Saturday starting at 7:30 p.m., and music will start at 9 p.m. with the popular Rude Band of Sioux Falls, S.D.

The Rude Band is the self-proclaimed 'America's Party Cover Band' and boasts that on any given night you can find them playing "Calling Baton Rouge" and moving right on to "Pour Some Sugar On Me" and then the most recent Nickelback hit.

Not too long after that, it's a five-song non-stop dance marathon that includes "Girls Just wanna Have Fun," "Walk Like an Egyptian," Poker Face," "Hot, Hot, Hot and Low." Closing the night one can expect to hear Zac Brown, AC/DC and Sir Mix-A-Lot.... Or something completely different...

No genre is off limits, No era is untouched, No hit is out of reach.

Their songlist is one of the most varied in the business and people love it. If you walked in off the street and heard them for the first time playing just one Country, Rock or Dance hit, you could easily assume that they were born to play that kind of music and then get completely thrown when they play something so completely different. 

Chalk it up to Genius or simply ADD, you never know exactly what you're going to hear when you go to a Rude Band show.

The Rude Band plays an almost non-stop four-hour show, with only one break. By the end of the night you may be wondering if you should start working out. 
For 19 years, The Rude Band has been packing bars, ballrooms, street dances, colleges and fairs.

With concert quality sound & lighting production, it's hard to believe that they can be that good.

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