Oelwein’s first party in the park of the year, taking place on Thursday, June 9, will provide an evening of free family entertainment for all ages, said Deb Howard, executive director of chamber and regional development. of Oelwein. Events will include Miss Oelwein’s coronation, live music from Hard Salami – self-proclaimed “Dubuque’s favorite party band” – and children’s activities like the return of the bouncy house.
“Party in the Park will be great entertainment and fun for the whole family and we encourage everyone to come socialize and bring friends and make new friends,” Howard said.
It’s the eighth year for the event, which started in 2014 and restarted in 2021 – after skipping a year at the start of the pandemic.
“If they don’t want to spend a penny, they don’t have to,” Howard said.
The evening begins at 5 p.m. with Miss Oelwein Abi Patrick 2021 crowning her successor. The candidates are, Natalie Crandall, Lily King, Elizabeth Recker, Amera Schoultz and Sara
After a draw at 5 p.m., interactive party band Hard Salami will take the stage.
“We encourage our customers to sing, dance or get on stage and play,” the band says on a social media page. “Our slogan is ‘We play good music badly’ but we hope you have so much fun you won’t even notice!”
“They were recommended by someone who had seen them,” Howard said.
There will be raffles every hour, starting from the coronation of Miss Oelwein. Additional prize entries will be available for a $1 donation to the Oelwein Kitchen Cupboard. Must be present to win.
The sponsors, to have their prizes drawn, are: 5:00 pm Lumber Ridge Home Source, prize valued at $250; 6 p.m. Ken’s Electric, two $125 gift certificates; 7 p.m. Birdnow Motor Trade, $250 gift certificate, stained glass from CJMS and the Party in the Park committee, two children’s gift baskets, for a boy and a girl; and 8 p.m., Ridihalgh, Fuelling, Snitker, Weber & Co. is sponsoring $250 in Oelwein dollars, which Howard says is “good anywhere in town.”
United Way will once again be staffing the beverage garden.
“They will reap all the benefits,” Howard said, “at the end of the season.”
Six food vendors are lined up as of Friday, T&T Barbecue, Angie Leo’s Italian Sandwiches, Pizza Ranch, Boyd’s Bar, Methodist Church Ladies Pie and Brain Freeze.
Whether you are enjoying the music or having dinner, it is recommended that you bring a lawn chair. A few picnic tables will be available.
No coolers, please, Howard said, in support of the vendors.
Several activities for children are planned. Bouncy houses will make a comeback after the pandemic. Spin art and more will be offered by Michele Kelly, who coordinates Fayette County Extension’s youth activities.
The Oelwein Fire Department will be offering activities for children, including the opportunity for children to peek inside a truck. The new aerial truck will be on hand “with the basket up,” says fire chief Jim Tuecke. Also on hand will be Face Painting by Amy. Make memories last with the Just Smile Photo Booth.
This is the first of three parties in the park this year. The next dates are:
• Thursday, July 14 — 5 to 8 p.m., Oelwein Plaza Park, 13 W. Charles St. With music by Richie Lee and the Fabulous ’50s.
• Thursday, August 11 — 5 to 8 p.m., Oelwein Plaza Park, 13 W Charles St. Featuring the music of “Bass Ackwards”.