This weekend, the city of Cottonwood will have its annual Coming Home Days Friday through Sunday. The first event of the festival will be "Cornstalk County Presents: Country Tune and Corny Humor," a musical sponsored by the American Legion Friday night.
The musical has been part of Cottonwood's Coming Home Days for many years and has turned into one of the weekend's most-attended events.
Much work goes into the musical, making it an anticipated performance where all ages are welcome. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. and is followed by fireworks at dusk.
Charlie Seipel, Cottonwood's community development coordinator, helped organize Coming Home Days and was active in getting the word out for this weekend's festivities.
"It's something that city volunteers and businesses put on every year," said Seipel.
The weekend schedule is loaded with activities for local residents to participate in.
"Most of them are the same events, but there are a few changes," said Seipel.
Although a majority of the events are repeated from years past, the St. Mary's Men's Club breakfast from 7:30-10:30 a.m. on Saturday is a novelty.
"There's so many events going on, so I don't actually get a chance to go to all of them," said Seipel of the busy itinerary for Coming Home Days. "Our biggest events are the fireworks and the musical Friday night, and the parade and street dance on Saturday. The fireworks on Friday, everyone from every age comes out for those. They'll be shot off from around the lake."
LeRoy's will be hosting many activities this weekend, including a karaoke night on Friday, featuring Nona Fay. Saturday will draw an eager crowd of participants to the 5K Charity Run, starting from the Lakeview School parking lot at 8:30 a.m. The day continues with a bean bag tournament, a medallion hunt, the Cottonwood Fire Department pork supper and a free community Zumba class hosted by Angela Yahnka at Reishus Park. The kiddie carnival and kiddie parade will also be Saturday, at 10 and 11 a.m., respectively.
With several musical acts, live entertainment is bountiful at this year's Coming Home Days.
"There will be a local band playing at Central Park," said Seipel.
To end the busiest day of Cottonwood's festival, the Steel Blue Band will play at the street dance from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and Smitty and the Sound will be featured earlier in the day at LeRoy's.
7:30 p.m. American Legion musical
8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. LeRoy's karaoke entertainment
All evening Louba's Lunch Wagon
7:30-10:30 a.m. St. Mary's Men's Club breakfast
7:30 a.m. Coming Home Days Charity Run registration
8:30 a.m. Coming Home Days Charity Run begins
10 a.m. Bean bag tournament
10 a.m. Medallion hunt
10-11 a.m. Kiddie carnival
10-11 a.m. Free community Zumba class
11 a.m.-noon Kiddie parade
11 a.m.-1 p.m. English Lutheran Church Whopper feed
8 a.m.-6 p.m. Indian style tacos
Noon-4 p.m. Model airplane demonstrations
12:30 p.m. Pedal tractor pull
1-2:30 p.m. Splash dance
2-4 p.m. Christ Lutheran Church pie social
3-6:30 p.m. Smitty and the Sound at LeRoy's
4 p.m. Grand parade
5-8:30 p.m. Barbecue pork supper
8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. The Steel Blue Band and street dance
All evening Louba's Lunch Wagon
9 a.m.-noon Breakfast at Cottonwood Country Club