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Festival schedule condensed for more convenient fun

Published: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 11:39 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 2:31 p.m. CDT
Children play in a bounce house at the 2012 McKinley Park Festival.

Activities at the McKinley Park Festival may be starting later this year, but the tighter schedule should make it easier for families to participate in more of the fun.

John Kawa, chairman of the park and recreation board of directors, said in the past, the gaps in the schedule discouraged people from participating in the entire festival.

"What we tried to do this year was roll everything back to get things closer," Kawa said. "In the past, we use to have the fishing deal early in the morning, and then it seemed like we had a lull there and people left."

The event serves as a fundraiser for the McKinley Park and Restoration Fund to help pay for projects like new playground equipment near the campgrounds and save money for the restoration of the lake on the north side of Adams Street.

For the kids

Events get off to a rolling start Saturday at the skateboard competition at the McKinley Park Skateboard Complex. Swimming at the Creston pool is available all day for the reduced price of $1.

"They've been promoting (the skateboard competition) a lot more than they use to," Kawa said. "We never really encompassed that in our event before."

Sign-up for the kid's fishing day begins at 3:15 p.m. and lines will be in the water starting at 4 p.m. Competitors are divided in three age groups with prizes awarded to the largest catch in each division.

All participants will have access to night crawlers, bobbers and hooks, but there will be a limited amount of fishing poles to borrow, so anglers are encouraged to bring their own.

There will also be a variety of kids games available from 4 to 6 p.m. Last year more than $1,000 in prizes were award between the fishing competition and games.

While the kids enjoy their free hot dog meal for participating in the fishing, parents can purchase dinner beginning at 4 p.m.

The traditional hog roast dinner, served with baked beans and chips, is still just $5 a plate while supplies last.

"It's quite a meal for five bucks," Kawa said.

Drive-up orders to go are available at no extra charge by the shelter house at McKinley Park.

The live auction begins at 6:30 p.m. and the winners of the raffle will be announced.

This year's raffle will have three grand prize winners with the choice of a big screen television or one of two smoked half hogs.

For evening entertainment, the Bill Riley Talent Show is expected to have more than 30 total performers in the sprout and senior divisions.

Kelly Busch, who helped organize the talent show, said this is one of the later shows in the year. Competitors only have three or four more opportunities to qualify for the Iowa State Fair.

Following the show, there will be a free showing of the animated movie "Wreck it Ralph," at dusk via a projector and screen at the band shell.

"Basically, it's to bring people out, have another day at the park while the weather is good," Kawa said.


All day — $1 swimming at the Creston Pool 3:15 p.m. — Sign-up for kid's fishing day 3:30 p.m. — Skateboard competiton 4 p.m. — Kid's games 4 p.m. — Kid's fishing day begins 4 p.m. — Hog roast dinner, $5 6:30 p.m. — Live auction and raffle 7:15 p.m. — Bill Riley Talent Show Dusk — Free movie, "Wreck it Ralph"

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