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Danville ready to party and raise some money

August 21, 2014

By William Smith, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa

Aug. 21--DANVILLE -- This tiny town will celebrate its heritage Saturday with a party lasting all day long.

The third annual Danville Founder's Day celebration will begin with a pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. at the community building, and activities will continue until sundown.

"It should be a whole day of fun for everyone, from babies to the elderly," said Heather Henkelvig, Danville Station Committee Member and one of the festival organizers.

The celebration was started as a fundraiser for the Danville Station Museum, which will cost about $600,000 to build and furbish. About half that money has been raised so far, but the celebration has become more than a fundraiser -- it's an annual gathering for a town that didn't have one. Not for a long time, anyway.

"I'm 37, and I remember one (a town celebration) growing up," Henkelvig said.

After breakfast, a 5K color run will start at 10 a.m., followed by story time at the Danville Library from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.

Grilled hamburgers, hot dogs and brats will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the fire station for a good-will donation, and there will be a used book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the library.

Bingo games will be offered from noon to 6 p.m. in a tent sponsored by Danville Telecom.

The annual parade will start at 2 p.m. at the south school parking lot, with entries matching the theme "Paint the Town Blue."

The Danville Museum will be open for visitors in its current quarters from 2:30 to 4 p.m., and there will be kids' games from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. next to the museum.

A $10 wrist band will be worth 10 carnival-style games and snacks, and additional punch cards good for games and snacks can be purchased for $5 a piece.

Each child with a wristband also will get unlimited time in the petting zoo, access to a bounce house and a coupon for a free hot dog dinner with the purchase of an adult meal.

There will be water ball fights for kids and adults starting at 3 p.m., which is the same time the car show starts.

A Med Force helicopter will be available for tours at 4 p.m.

A barbecue pork supper will be served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and will cost $7 for adults and $5 for children between the ages of 4 and 12. Ages 3 and younger will eat for free.

The night will end with entertainment in the park starting at 5:30 p.m., and that will include karaoke singing and various local entertainers.


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