It’s Donia Days weekend in Pottawattamie County! After all the cancellations and disappointments, here’s the perfect way to kick-off the back-to-school rush! Make your way to ‘Donia Days this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (August 21-23)!
Thanks to Donia Days organizers, it is back to a 3-day weekend event! Not only did they kick it up to 3 days but they went out of their way to get hand-sanitizing stations and an addition hand-washing station just to keep you all safe!
The weekend kicks off on Friday with the car show and the family fun night with a movie in the park and kids games. Be sure to bring your blankets, lawn chairs, coolers (concession stand will be open but no meal due to COVID), and I hear you might even want the kids to have their swimsuits and towels for a little slip ‘n slide!
Saturday is a jam-packed day starting off with the Macedonia Volunteer Fire Department serving breakfast at the DeWitt building from 7 to 9:30. From there, you can check out the city-wide garage sales and the flea market/folk art/craft fair. The longest one-block parade will be the longest 2-block parade this year for social distancing purposes and will kick off at 10am on Main Street as always. At 11, you can see the infamous bed races or even better, participate in them! Beds are provided! Adult and Kid divisions are available with no cost to participate but bragging rights and a gift card on the line! Teams of 5 push a bed down the street, dress a person in firemen gear, and push them back down the street to the finish line. There’s just nothing like it!
Bed races will be followed up with dance performances given by students out of Dance Atlantic 2.0 Oakland Studio at noon. Kickball and 3-on-3 basketball start up at 1pm. With food trucks, Cattle Drive, Feed Trough, and American Cancer Society Team Lewis Life Preserver Crew serving cotton candy all in the line-up plus Back Forty will be open for business!
Both the Stempel Bird Museum and the Pioneer Trail Museums along with The Painted Camel Art Gallery will all be open throughout the day but only 10 people will be allowed in at one time and masks will be required. The Pioneer Trail Museum will host their annual fundraiser Silent Auction, as well. Be sure to stop in and support. I've found some super fun stuff there before!
The cornhole tourney starts at 4. Sign up for all the contests ends 15 minutes prior to start time of each contest unless brackets are already full prior to that time. The announcer’s stand is the sign-up location unless otherwise specified.
The Back Forty will also host evening events.
The weekend wraps up on Sunday with the community worship at the grandstand at 10:30. Folks are asked to bring lawn chairs to sit in to help with social distancing.
Folks, here’s what I know: it’s never boring in Donia! Macedonia always turns out and supports small town life. I can’t think of a better way to get in a little family bonding time and spread some good cheer. A lot of great volunteers and businesses put in some serious effort to make this year happen in not-so-easy circumstances. Let’s show them full appreciation by simply showing up!
*Also, a big shoutout to Rachel Allensworth for taking time to fill WIDA in on all the details!