The Stanhope Lions Club will host its 55th annual Watermelon Day on Saturday with a truckload of free melon to be served up to those in attendance.
The celebration begins at 10:30 a.m. with the big parade through downtown Stanhope. The theme for this year's parade is "Friends and Neighbors."?The food stands, rides and bingo begins at 11 a.m. in the city park. Featured activities will include Jamel the Magician who will be strolling through the park. Tickle the Clown will also be on hand to paint little faces.
Elite Power Tumbling will perform from 11:15 a.m. to noon. The Sugar Creek Cloggers will entertain at noon to 12:30 p.m. Also performing are Sheltered Reality Drummers, 2 p.m.; Kenneth Frette Band, 3 p.m.; and Dixie Johnson, 4 p.m.
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Approximately five tons of melon were served at the annual Stanhope Watermelon Day in 2011.
Just in time for Saturday’s annual Watermelon Day, campers from Hidden Acres, near Dayton, showed up in Stanhope to perform community service duties Wednesday morning. The teens and young adults worked together on various activities like sweeping streets, cleaning the post office lobby, washing windows for a local business and neatening up the town park. According to Hidden Acres staff, there were 100 young adults and students in grades seven-12 who came by vans and buses for the service project during their one-week stay at Hidden Acres. It was planned as a way to get the young people “used to serving.” Participants are from Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota and Missouri. Above, the youths help host the Food Bank of Iowa at the Stanhope Community Center on Wednesday morning. More than 175 individuals were served by the food bank that morning.
A pedal pull will get under way at 1 p.m. and the adult seed spitting contest will begin at 1:30 p.m. A kids watermelon eating contest will be held at 3 p.m.
Of course, the star of the day will be the tons of watermelon that will be served from 1 to 5 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. There is no charge for the melon but you'll have to bring your own fork, organizers say.
Capping off the evening will be the drawing for several cash prizes, including a $500 grand prize.