To the Editor:
We are a big sports town and were counting on the Hawkeye and Cyclone fans to show up for RVTV. We also found out that many of our businesses were Hawkeye or Cyclone (or both) fans. Tailgating had to be a part of it. We simply asked businesses to tailgate and then do what they wanted to during the evening.
Boy were we surprised at what they chose to do.
Crestview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center decided to give away hot dogs - to everyone. Webster City RV brought along a bounce house for the kids to play on. Webster City Custom Meats, Life and Home Care, Mornin' Glory and Fareway partnered up and sold over 500 pork patty meals. All of the proceeds, $1,000 worth, were given to Upper Des Moines Opportunity to their food bank for the community. TMI brought along life size cut outs for people to take pictures in and they decorated the porta potties, too.
Farm Credit Services provided the referees for the Tug of War Contest, and Jeanne Hill organized it. R Company, Shanti Wellness and Dr. Jim Kumm partnered in two ways. First, they had a bean bag contest and had 28 teams play. The entry fee was canned goods for the food pantry. They collected a huge amount of food. Secondly, they raffled off two bean bag boards designed exclusively for RV TV 13. A total $510 was raised to support the young men at the Elm Street House. This house was built to give young, severely handicapped men a place to live as independent, young adults.
We didn't ask them to do these charitable things. They just did it. It was the right thing to do.
HyVee furnished all the s'mores items for the fire pit portion of the evening. The chili cooks; Webster City Church of Christ, Lana Crawford, Holly Irvin, First Congregational Church, Crestview Nursing and Rehabilitation, Randy Wunschel, and Gridiron Family Grill and Sports Lounge brought enough food to feed 30 people each.
There were over 2,200 people who showed up to celebrate RV TV in Webster City. In fact, we have been told this was the biggest turnout EVER. There were no fights, only fun. Many families came to enjoy the games, tug of war, dancing, doodlebug races, Cy and Herky, chili contests and each other.
It's the small towns like Webster City that make things happen. We did RVTV because it gave us a reason to bring economic development to our town, to increase our reasons to live here, to give our businesses a chance to show off some and to give our residents a good night out.
I took a long time to get to the important part. Thank you. Thank you to our businesses, to the volunteers, to the vendors and to everyone who showed up downtown on Sept.11. You make me proud to say I live in Webster City.
Chamber of Commerce