This year’s Glidden FFA Fun Day will feature spectator attractions — dancing horses and acrobatic and juggling shows — rather than the games and inflatables that have been the main activities in the past.
The carnival, greased-pig chase, bean-bag tournament and all-school reunion also have been called off.
The change is in response to the coronavirus pandemic with hopes of keeping everyone safe. The celebration raises funds for the FFA Alumni organization to support the Glidden-Ralston High School FFA Chapter. The alumni group awards scholarships, helps with classroom needs, and helps cover travel, contest and other expenses.
Fun Day will be Saturday, Aug. 1, and following is the schedule:
7–9 a.m. — Community breakfast (City Park). Breakfast sandwiches. Sponsored by Reever Family Farms.
8 a.m. — 5K starts. (City Park). $20 registration begins at 7:30. Sponsored by Sturm’s Taxidermy.
8:30 a.m. —Tractor ride begins. Registration starts at 7. $10 entry includes noon meal ticket.
9:15 a.m. — Registration for Little Miss and Mr. FFA Contest. (City Park) Crowning at 9:30. Ages 4-7 eligible.
10 a.m. — Registration begins for Auto and Motorcycle Show. (City Park) Sponsored by Spangler Automotive. $10 entry fee. Trophies and cash awarded at 3 p.m.
11 a.m. — Parade begins (Lincoln Club parking lot). Route will be posted online.
Noon — Following the parade, concession stand opens at City Park. Walking tacos, burgers, hot dogs and drinks will be offered.
12:30 p.m. — Horse show. Precision dancing horses, band and performers. Sponsored by Las Margaritas.
1–4 p.m. — Caricatures by Steph, Next Generation Face Painting, Balloon Twisting by Zounds, Airbrush Tattoos by Lady Bloo.
2–2:40 p.m. — FEAT Acrobatic Show.
2:40–3:25 p.m. —The Juggler Peter Show.
3:25–4:05 p.m. — FEAT Acrobatic Show.
9 p.m. — Street dance featuring Wombat Love Machine, hosted by Downtown Lounge.
Fun Day also offers a raffle with cash prizes — $300, $200, $100 and two $50. Tickets are $10 each and available from any FFA Alumni member or at Glidden Grocery, United Bank of Iowa or the City of Glidden office.