CLINTON — The 2007 Camanche Days Board has been very busy in recent months planning this year’s annual celebration and the festival will include many popular events from the past, as well as a few new ones.

Camanche Days will be held Aug. 9 through 12 in Platt Park in Camanche. This year’s theme is “All Trails Lead to Camanche.”

The 2007 board consists of President Brenda Larkey, First Vice President Ron Johnston, Second Vice President Orren Thompson, Third Vice President Ryan Lee, Secretary Brenda Waldorf and Treasurer Cathy Birdsley. Many volunteers will be running contests, tournaments and events, but Larkey said more volunteers are needed.

Currently, the board is looking for someone to head the sand volleyball tournament, as well as people to participate in arts and crafts, the free entertainment tent, food vendors and new events.

Many popular events will make a comeback at this year’s Camanche Days, including the car show, golf tournament, softball and tennis tournaments, pedal pull, Kid’s Day Out, Toddler Tracks, bag board toss tournament, karaoke contest, bingo, Camanche Classic, catfish tournament and the parade sponsored by the Camanche Kiwanis.

Camanche Days attendees can visit some of the many local food vendors and the beer tent will be available. Returning this year to the festival is the powerlifting tournament.

In the planning stage is a kid’s waterfight, which is being put together by members of the Camanche Volunteer Fire Department. Camanche Fire Chief Dave Schutte said the waterfight has been a big hit with kids in the past.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the fire department’s involvement with raising funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The fire department will host the 28th Annual MDA Pancake Breakfast on Aug. 12 from 6 a.m. to noon at Camanche Middle School and collect donations in Camanche by going door to door in a fund-raising drive tentatively scheduled for Aug. 29th.

Larkey said an excellent entertainment lineup has been planned for this year’s Camanche Days. On Aug. 9, attendees can participate in a karaoke contest put on by Gateway Mobile DJ. Live musical acts include The Bones on Friday night, Whiskey River playing Saturday night and Second Chance on Sunday night. The weekend will be concluded with fireworks.

Organizers are calling for entries into the Little Cuties and Little Prince and Princess contests. The Little Cuties contest is open to children up to 5 years old who live in the Camanche School District, have at least one parent that was a Camanche graduate or whose grandparents live in Camanche. Other children will be accepted if they have proof of enrollment in Kid’s First Academy or Little Bear. Little Cuties will be selected solely by the voted in the penny-a-vote canisters placed at local businesses. Contest winners will be announced at the coronation program on Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. on the tennis court stage in Platt Park. All participants will receive prizes and trophies. An overall girl and boy winner will be announced at the ceremony and ride in the Camanche Days parade on Aug. 11.

The Little Prince and Little Princess contest is open to kids ages 6 to 10 and the child must attend Camanche schools or live in the Camanche school district. Contestants will be judged equally on penny-a-vote canisters, stage presentation and a question by judges. The overall winners also will ride in the parade.

Anyone interested in entering a child in the Little Cuties or Little Prince and Princess contests can attend meeting to be held July 16 at 7 p.m. in the Platt Park shelter. An additional meeting will be held July 23 at 7 p.m. in the shelter for anyone unable to attend the first meeting. Children must be accompanied by at least one parent. Rules for the contests will be explained and penny-a-vote canisters will be distributed. Parents are asked to bring a picture of their child. The deadline to enter the contests is July 25 by 5 p.m.

Organizers also are seeking nominations for the Camanche Days King and Queen. Nominees must be at least 60 years old and live in the Camanche district. Nomination letters are encouraged but not required. The deadline for nominations is Aug. 2 and winners will be selected by the Camanche Days Board on Aug. 3. The Camanche Days King and Queen, Little Prince and Little Princess, and Camanche Days Prince and Princess Scholarship winners Jordan Edens and Kayla Hansen will reign over the 2007 Camanche Days celebration.

For more information on contests or events, contact Larkey at (563) 522-2021.

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