In recent years, Eldora has done plenty of work to spruce up its downtown area. That work goes a long way this weekend as the town hosts its annual Pine Lake Festival.
Many of the events will be centered around downtown Friday night through Saturday night in the eastern Hardin County town.
The nearby lower lake of Pine Lake State Park will host a 5K at 8:30 a.m Saturday on its trails. The trail along the lakes makes for one of the most scenic races in the area. The lower lake will also be the site of kayak races at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The upper lake will host a fishing tournament from 6 a.m. to noon Saturday.
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Eldora will hosts its annual Pine Lake Festival this weekend.
See the beauty of the area in an open-air tram with tours throughout the day Saturday. The tram rides run from 8 a.m. to dusk and include visits to the fairgrounds, campground, lake, pool and historical museum.
The festival will also make history and preserve it at the same time with the ribbon cutting and open house of the Hardin County Historical Society library. The event will be held from 1:3O to 4 p.m. at 1236 Edgington, which is the main road through town.
Visitors are encouraged to bring a lawn chair downtown to take in the music of the Heartland Duo, which will play blues and Dixieland music from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
Eldora Pine Lake Festival schedule of events
9 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Eldora Public Library book sale
1 - 2 p.m. - Registration for Kiwanis 2-Person Best Shot Golf Tourney - Pine Lake Country Club
Noon - Thanks With Franks - Great Western Bank
Noon - 6 p.m. - Flea Market - Hardin County Fairgrounds
1 4 p.m. - CCC/POW Recreational Hall & Museum open house - fairgrounds
4:30 - 6:30 p.m. - Adam's Rib Fest - First Congregational Church UCC
7- 11 p.m. - American Legion beer garden -"Ultimate Entertainment" Trivia - Classic Rock
9 p.m. - 1 a.m. - Music at Eldora Firehouse Saloon beer garden
6 a.m. - noon - Pine Lake Fishing Tournament - Upper Pine Lake
8 a.m. - 8 p.m. - Eldora Pine Lake Produce- North of Pine Lake
8 a.m. - to dusk - Tram Rides - downtown- pickup north side of square
8 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Flea Market - fairgrounds
8:30 a.m - 5K Run - Pine Lake State Park trail, registration at beach house 7:15 a.m.
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Eldora Library Book Sale
9:00 am - noon - CCC/POW Recreational Hall & Museum Open House - fairgrounds
10 a.m. - Third annual Eldora Veterinary Care Pet Show - downtown
11 a.m. - Eldora Pet Parade - downtown on the square
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. - H & H Fun Rides carnival, Games & CCC photo stand - downtown
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Eldora Girl Scout Face Painting, pony rides, dunk tank- downtown
Noon - 1 p.m. - Hardin County Savings Bank "Burger Bash" - Downtown
1:30 - 4 p.m. - Hardin County Historical Society Library ribbon cutting & open house- 1236 Edgington - Downtown
1 p.m. - 3-on-3 basketball tourney - 1 p.m. students, 3 p.m. adults - pool park
1:30 p.m. - Kayak races- Pine Lake State Park- Lower Pine Lake -
1:30 p.m. - Hardin County Historic Downtown District Walking Tour -Tour start SW corner of the Square
1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. - "Ghost Towns of Hardin County" feature film -Grand Theater
2 - 4 p.m. - Hardin County Historical House open house
2 p.m. - Splash & Dash Games - Eldora Aquatics Center
6 - 9 p.m. - "Lawn Chair Night" - Featuring the Heartland Duo band- downtown
7 - 11 p.m. - Rock-n-Row Adventures Campgrounds features Old Man Curse rock band
9 p.m. - 1 a.m. - Firehouse Saloon beer garden and music
10 a.m. - Community church service at Chapel on the Hill- east of the Iowa River on First Street
The festival wraps up with a community church service at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Chapel on the Hill on First Street.
For more information on the festival visit www.eldoraiowa.com.