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Annual Whitten Day celebration is Saturday

Event features parade, games and fireworks

May 29, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

The small town of Whitten is set to celebrate big Saturday as it hosts its annual Whitten Day event.

The public event features games, contests, races, a 1 p.m. parade, street dances and fireworks. It is the third time the Hardin County town of 150 people has hosted the one-day event.

"We're a small community and we wanted to bring the town together and do some fun events," said event organizer Lezlie Reel.

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A crowd gathers for games and food in the park during last year’s Whitten Day. The annual celebration returns this Saturday in Whitten.

A new event this year is the sand volleyball tournament at 11 a.m. This competition will be held at the newly-created sand volleyball court in the city park.

"We're hoping it will be used in the future as well," Reel said of the new court.

Those with a sweet tooth won't want to miss the ice cream social from 4 to 6 p.m. featuring beef burgers, homemade pies and ice cream.

Fact Box

Schedule of Events


7 a.m. - Garage sales/multi market

8 a.m. - Tractor ride

11 a.m. - Co-ed sand volleyball tournament

1 p.m. - Parade

After parade - Kids games, contests, races

2:30 p.m. - Kids water fights

3:30 p.m - Kids tractor pull

4 to 6 p.m. - Church ice cream social ( Beef burgers, homemade pies and ice cream)

6:30 p.m. - Auction

7 to 9 p.m. - Street Dance with Papa Jimmy and Angela with Martin Downs

Dark Fireworks and raffle drawing

9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. - Street Dance - CPR

Reel said as many stores and buildings close in small towns, celebrations like these are a way to keep the community going.

"It's very important for many people to get involved," Reel said.



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