Thursday, July 24, 2014

Weekend in Winterset: Crazy Days & More

As a kid growing up in Winterset in the 70s and 80s, the annual Crazy Days weekend was a seriously good time! I have fond memories of the parades (in which I rode my banana-seat bike, spokes decorated with streamers), the water balloon and egg toss games, the music, the sidewalk sales, and of course, the firemen's water barrel race.

I love this classic photo, which I believe is from the collection of Rich Mills. My grandpa Gene Trask is the fireman,
with Jody Hamner in the middle and my cousin Jennifer Mease Hannon to the right. 
Nowadays the sidewalk sales and courthouse lawn activities are the primary action of Crazy Days (a.k.a. Krazy Dayz), with lots of great deals to be had both in and out of the stores. It's happening this Saturday, the 26th, during regular business hours. Ben Franklin will have prices slashed to 50% on select close-out items, with free ice water to boot! Angel Wings & CT will have a $10 clothing rack and other great bargains, and Heartland Fiber is having Christmas In July with trunk shows, demonstrations, wine tasting, and more (happening July 24 - 26). But this is just a few of the many sales that will be happening all at once! Bargain hunters, come to the square on Saturday prepared to claim your treasures.

What else is happening this weekend in Winterset? Here's a few items to note:

On Friday morning at 9:00 there is a Community Coffee sponsored by the Library. This weekly free event is open to everyone, and is currently being held at the Zion Church at the Historical Complex while the library is undergoing repairs.

Here's something you don't hear every day... Farmers & Merchants State Bank is sponsoring "Cash Mob Friday" at Montross Pharmacy on Friday morning at 11:30. The first 50 people at Montross at that time will receive a $10.00 gift certificate to use there on that day only!

On Friday evening at 6:30, there's a Wine Basics class at Applehurst which might still have space available. Contact Susan at 515-344-4084 to find out.

Something I neglected to mention last week but attended myself on the 19th is "Smoke On The Mountain" at The Winterset Stage. If you have not seen this yet, I highly recommend it! Their last two performances are this Friday and Saturday at 7:30. All the actors are very well cast, creating an ensemble that's both musically talented and VERY funny.

The three young adults from Madison County really carry their weight in this show! Far right, Anna Obrecht of Winterset; second from right, Justin Pontier of St. Charles; and holding the bass, Noah Hochstetler of Winterset.
On Saturday, in addition to picking up some bargains at Crazy Days, there are TWO great opportunities to lighten your load and make room for new stuff. First, from 8:00 to 12:00, there's a Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off by Midwest Recovery being held at the Madison County Fairgrounds. (Get there early, as I've also heard an end-time of 11:00.) Click here to print a list of items they will and will not accept, and be aware that it is for residents only. They won't accept items from businesses or farms without prior approval. You can call 515-265-3400 for more information. And second, the Goodwill Industries Ambassador Trailer will be at the Sports Page parking lot from 8:00 to 4:00 on Saturday, willing to take your old clothing, shoes, books, housewares, etc. This is sponsored but the Winterset Lions Club, and the donations support programs and services offered by Goodwill.

On Saturday evening at St. Joseph Catholic Church there's a benefit auction to assist with ALS treatment for Jeff Beebe, and there are lots of great donations to bid on. Take a look at the list below for starters, but more items have been added! Doors open at 6:30, and the bidding begins at 7:30. You can also read Jeff's story here.

Also on Saturday evening, singer/songwriter Mike Aceto will provide live music at the Madison County Winery from 7:00 to 10:00.

Enjoy your weekend in Winterset, and thanks for reading The Winterset Citizen! You can subscribe to new posts via e-mail by clicking right here. 

Congratulations to American State Bank on the opening of their new building at 809 N. John Wayne Drive!
Their phone numbers and e-mails remain the same.
A drowsy but excited group of young people and chaperones gathered at the Des Moines airport around 5:00 a.m.
on Tuesday, the 22nd, to depart for Japan for 10 days. Wishing safe travels to them all!