Mason City Homecoming

MASON CITY—Bring out the whole family to Mason City this weekend for the Mason City Homecoming celebration! Events kick off tonight with the Rural Volunteer Fire Department BBQ at 5 p.m. Cow Pie Bingo to benefit Spartan Europe Trip from 5-8 p.m.

The “Those Were the Days” Parade will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday night. Register on the corner of Calhoun and Prentiss Street at 6 p.m. Call Angie Ryan at 308-882-8877 or Beanie Hartman at 308-212-0466.

The crowd-favorite turtle races will take place after the parade and a prize will also be awarded for the best decorated turtle.

“We do the turtle races and that’s kind of been a staple event for Mason City Homecoming for many years. My husband is 30-something and he remembers doing it as a child so they’ve just done this for many years and the kids get a kick out of it,” Kalla Sawyer said.

“I got a new turtle. I used to have an old one named Bobber but my new one’s name is Princess,” Kalla’s daughter said.

Kids Games and the Sunshine Library Club Cake Walk will both take place on Friday evening.

Saturday: Tractor Pull at 1 p.m. for antique, out-of-field, and pick-ups. Call Chris Hawkins at 308-732-6585 or 308-212-

Main Street Block Party on Saturday night at 5 p.m. with a car show, kids water games, kids one mile race at 8, 5K race at 8:30 and “The Greatest Showman” will be the outdoor movie on Saturday night with free popcorn.

Sunday: Community Church Service at 10 a.m. at Memorial Park (bring a lawn chair)

Alumni Dinner at the Community Building at 12:30; $11 per plate–RSVP to Kay Schall at 308-872-6268.

Fifth Annual Horseshoe Tournament at Sims Park at 1 p.m.; $20 per team–Contact Shane Ryan at 308-870-0207.

Free Indoor Movie at 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church—free snacks, drinks, and babysitting.

“We just hope everybody can come out and enjoy a nice family couple of evenings and afternoons and it will be a good time,” Farrah Rosentreader said regarding the family-friendly atmosphere of the weekend. “When we continued Mason City Homecoming as our generation it was really because we wanted our families to grow up the same way that our husbands did. We really value a family atmosphere.”