AREA COMMUNITY NEWS: Brighton Whoopee Days starts Thursday

BRIGHTON — The Brighton community is celebrating its 109th annual Whoopee Days Thursday through Sunday, with the theme “The Ledgend of Brighton.”

Events start at 4 p.m. Thursday with the Bruce Campbell art and antiques display at the community center and a dunk tank. Bingo is planned 5-7 p.m. at the community center. The carnival is open from 6-10 p.m., and a karaoke contest is 6-10 p.m. at CaManders Bar and Grill beer garden. The City Park stage will feature Abe Miller and Hometown Harmony 6-7 p.m., the introduction of the grand marshals at 7 p.m., followed by the Bill Riley Talent Show.

Friday events start at 4 p.m.: the dunk tank, the Bruce Campbell display, and the carnival, which runs tuntil 10 p.m. Bingo is planned again from 5-7 p.m. at the community center. The Lake Darling Saddle Club will have a fun show at 6 p.m. at the horse arena. A street dance, with Brass Pair, will be 8 p.m. to midnight at CaManders Bar and Grill beer garden.

Saturday begins will the Whooppee Walk at 7 a.m., with participants meeting at the community center. The Ding Darling Highway Tractor Ride to Lake Darling also will be at 7 a.m., with participants lining up at Terry’s Feed Store. The Lions Club will serve breakfast from 7-9 a.m. at the community center.

The parade line up is at 9 a.m., with judging at 9:30 a.m., and the parade at 10 a.m. Parade categories are: club, organization or church; business; tractors; cars and trucks; horses; open class; and kiddies. Each category will have a judge, and first-, second- and third-place recognition will be awarded. Dignitaries and politicians are welcome, but will not receive place awards. Entry is free.

Also at 9 a.m., the Bruce Campbell display opens, and the Christner’s 1920 Station Museum opens until 1 p.m. At 9:30 a.m., the corn hole bag tournament starts at CaManders Bar and Grill.

The carnival opens at 11 a.m.

The mud run registration is at 11:15 a.m. at the ball field, with the mud run starting at 1 p.m. The dunk tank will open at 1 p.m. at the ball field. Also at the ball field will be kids’ blowup bull rides at 5 p.m., plus a concession stand will be open.

A pedal tractor pull for children ages 4-11 is set for 11:30 a.m.

The Brighton Bear Reunion is set for 1 p.m. The Freedom Rock rededication is at 3 p.m.

The Little Darling cute kids contest for children ages 6 months to 8 years is set at 4:30 p.m. at the City Park Stage. The Whoopee Pie eating contest will be at 5 p.m. in City Park. The entertainment also will include Dizzy the Clown at 6:30 p.m.;, Harvest Band on the City Park Stage 7-9 p.m.; Justin Horseowsky guitar and vocals at 7:30 p.m.; and a street dance with Kross Kountry from 8 p.m. to midnight at CaManders Bar and Grill beer garden.

Whoopee Days wraps up with a 10 a.m. church service Sunday at City Park.

Organizers recommend attendees of the outdoor events bring lawn chairs. In case of rain, the events planned in the park will move to the Brighton Gym.