■ Holmes becomes honorary fireman. PAGE A2.
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
An expanded Helen Fanning Memorial Fun Day is in the works this Saturday, hosted by the Imperial Volunteer Fire Department (IVFD).
Now in its 11th year, the IVFD Fun Day is a way for the department to say thanks for the Imperial and rural fire district patron support over the years.
This year, the four-hour afternoon event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. has expanded to include a free evening barbecue, as well.
The evening meal and tours of the fire hall were added to involve more adults who may not be able to get away in the afternoon, said firefighter Craig Loeffler, who is chairing the Fun Day events.
“We want to provide a safe, family event for all of the community,” he said.
The evening meal to be served outside the fire hall starting at 6 p.m. will include pulled pork sandwiches, beans, cole slaw, brownies and ice cream.
The city council approved the closing of West 7th St., north of the fire hall until 9 p.m. that evening for the barbecue events.
Special guest at the barbecue and the afternoon events will be Dustin Holmes of Imperial, who was inducted as an honorary IVFD member Monday night. Holmes will also be helping out with the afternoon Fun Day events, Loeffler noted.
The IVFD is prepared to serve up to 500 Saturday night, Loeffler said.
Another added event this year is free swimming at the Imperial pool all afternoon Saturday. Loeffler said the IVFD will pay the admission for all swimmers that day who do not have season passes.
Water games, a dunk tank, a kids water play area, a hot dog lunch and the annual FFA mud volleyball tournament will all take place at the Wellington football field starting at 11 a.m. Saturday.
The afternoon events were moved up an hour this year so the IVFD could have a little more time to also prepare for the evening barbecue.
Sign-ups for the water fights and tug-of-war contests (three-person teams, age 12 and older) will start sometime after 11 a.m. and will be announced.
Registration for the mud volleyball tourney in the northeast area of the football field starts at 12 noon, with matches beginning at 1 p.m.
FFA Advisor Jeremy Vlasin said they will take up to 16 four-person teams (two guys, two girls) aged seventh grade and older for the single-elimination tournament (best two out of three).
Prize money for both the water fights and mud volleyball contests will be $75, $50 and $25 in Chamber Bucks to first, second and third.
There are no entry fees for any of the competitions.
Loeffler said there will also be other prizes given away throughout the afternoon.
All of the IVFD fire equipment will be moved to the Wellington field that afternoon. Imperial EMS will also have its ambulances on site, as well.
White Noise Entertainment will provide music both at the afternoon events and the evening barbecue, Loeffler added.
Imperial VFW Post will be providing a flag retirement ceremony in the afternoon when old flags will be properly disposed of. That will be located in the parking lot south of the Wellington field from 12 noon to 2 p.m.