Whistle Stop Days

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Pacific Junction Prepares For Annual Celebration

    The 2010 Pacific Junction Whistle Stop Committee has announced its line-up for this year's events.  
    On Thursday, Sept. 16, there will be a Texas Hold'em Tournament beginning at 7 p.m. sharp at the Junction Bar – a $50 buy in with half the proceeds donated to Whistle Stop Days.  
    Friday, Sept. 17,  a fish fry at the PJ Community Center begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. Judging for Lil Miss and Mr. Whistle Stop will be held at 7 p.m. at the community center during the fish fry. This contest is open to any 5-12 year old kids who are residents of Mills County. To enter the contest, each contestant is asked to write an essay on what they like about Whistle Stop days, or complete an art project (drawing, painting, etc.) related to Whistle Stop Days.  Contestants must bring their entries to the PJ Community Center by 5 p.m. on Friday to be eligible for the competition.  The winning entry will be voted on by the diners at the fish fry at 7 p.m.  For information, contact  April Frazier at 622-8442.
    On Saturday, Sept. 18, the day begins with a free-will donation offering for rolls, coffee and juice at the community center.  
    I-29 Custom Cruisers make a return appearance to Whistle Stop Days, with registration from 8 a.m. to 11 am. Judging will be at 3 p.m. For information on the car show, call Dave Hume at 712-629-1585.  
    The flea market opens at 8 a.m.  There is a motorcycle benefit for Whistle Stop Days with sign in from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with riders back by 6 p.m.  Food, a street dance and raffles will follow.  
    We offer prizes for adult and child parade float entries, adults $100, $50 and $25 prizes.  Kids entries are eligible for $25, $15 and $10. The theme this year is the 25th Anniversary of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad and the parade begins at 11 a.m.  Immed-iately following the parade, kids can enjoy a bouncy house, face painting, balloon man, and a kids’ pedal pull.  There also will be a pie in the face booth.  
    Food will be available at different venues.  Heartland Arm Wrestling and Golden Buckle Mechanical Bull Riding return again this year at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. respectively.  There will be a spaghetti supper with raffles by the Betterment Committee at 5 p.m.  To cap Saturday's festivities, there will be a fireworks display between 8:45 and 9 p.m.
    Sunday's events include a garden tractor poker run at 11 am.  The Keg Creek Antique Machinery Club's garden tractor pulls begin at noon. Whistle Stop Concessions will be open for these events. For tractor pull information, contact Doug Lincoln at 712-370-3686 or Steve Lincoln at 712-314-1072.
    For general information on Whistle Stop Days, contact Richard Kerres at 712-622-8350.