Union Tar Heel Days is a community festival which truly helps out the community. Not only does it draw hundreds of people from out of town, it also raises money to benefit community entities such as the pool, public library, golf course and volunteers services, said Lezlie Reel, one of the festival organizers.
"The money goes back into the community," Reel said.
The majority of the events will run from Friday night through Saturday night in the southeastern Hardin County town. The popular parade will charter a course through downtown Union and begins at 11 a.m. Saturday.
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The Union Tar Heel Days parade is always a popular event in the town. The parade will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday.
"The kids like the parade for the candy and the adults like the entries as far as the different floats people come up with," Reel said.
Grand marshals of the parade this year are Joe and Barb Knight, who operated a barber shop and beauty shop in town.
Stick around the downtown area after the parade for several events including the drum group Sheltered Reality at 12:30 p.m.
Union Tar Heel Days
10 a.m. - Buster Nyce Memorial Youth Golf Tournament (South Hardin Rec Area)
5 p.m. - Supper in the park (City park)
6 p.m. - Little Ms. and Mr. Union/Whitten coronation (city park)
6:30 p.m. - Auction (City park)
Dark - Night golf tournament (South Hardin Rec Area)
7-10 a.m. - Breakfast (Fire station)
7:45 a.m. - 5K run and walk (Heart of Iowa)
8:30 a.m. - Sitting pretty contest (Hardin County Savings Bank)
11 a.m. Parade
After parade - Car and tractor display, silent auction, raffle, sidewalk chalk art (city park)
12:30 p.m. - Sheltered Reality performance (City park)
1:30 p.m. - Blindfolded cruiser cart (Post office)
1:30 p.m. - Kids tractor pull (Main Street)
2:30 p.m. - Union Fire. Dept. water fights (Town hall)
5:30 p.m. - Ken Newby BBQ cookoff awards (Center Street)
6 - 8:30 p.m. - Pool party luau (City pool)
8 p.m. - midnight- Marshall County Hangmen Band (Union Supper Club)
Dark - Fireworks (South Hardin Rec Area)
9 a.m. - Hymn Sing worship service (City park)
"They are back by popular demand," Reel said.
Saturday night will feature a little of everything including pool party from 6-8:30 p.m., a performance by the Marshall County Hangmen band from 8 p.m. to midnight and fireworks at dark.
"Danny Hauser is putting on the fireworks again and he always puts on a spectacular show," Reel said.
The festival gets its name from the first settlers of Union, who arrived from North Carolina, the Tar Heel State.