Folks from surrounding communities will gather to celebrate summer at Hoagland Days, June 15-17 at the Community Park.
Once again, the festival will feature food, music, carnival rides, demolition derbies, monster trucks and volleyball.
Hoagland Area Advancement Association sponsors the event, which has become a way to market the community while raising money for local projects.
“All the money goes to the Association for the parks,” said Sally Holle, the festival’s publicity coordinator. “We’re still a nonprofit organization, and this is all volunteers.” The park has grown to four ball diamonds and a basketball court, with space for volleyball or tennis.
“We planted some more trees and it’s really shaping up nicely,” Holle said. “We have remodeled the pavilion, now called the community center. It’s really nice and it’s getting rented out quite a bit.”
Church youth groups will help coordinate parking, and will accept donations for their work.
The Hoagland Lions Club will set up the ice cream trailer that has become a staple of the festival. Other groups will sell food in a nearby tent. About 12 churches, the Hoagland Chamber of Commerce and other groups serve in that food court from 5-11 p.m. Thursday and Friday and beginning at noon Saturday. “The Chamber has a brisket that is just fabulous and the coleslaw is great. They serve both brisket and pulled pork,” Holle said. Guests will find hot dogs and other hearty sandwiches. “The football players serve gizzards. So it’s a variety of foods,” Holle said.
Demolition derbies will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is $8 for adults.
A monster truck will be available for photos Friday night and will be in the parade Saturday.
Carnival rides will operate 6-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday and noon-5 p.m. Saturday.
The special meals are a fish and tenderloin dinner from 5-8 p.m. Friday and a chicken dinner from 5-8 p.m. Saturday.
The adult beverage tent with a beer garden will be open from 6 p.m.-midnight Thursday and Friday. Sugar Shot will entertain from 9-midnightSaturday, with free admission. Entertainment also is planned Friday night. Mechanical bull-riding will be available from 8 p.m.-midnight Friday.
Other features include a merchant tent, a silent auction from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday to benefit the Hoagland Fire Department, a live auction at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, face-painting, drawings, a kiddie tractor pull, and a prince and princess contest. There will not be a queen contest this year.
The parade steps off at 11 a.m. Saturday. Groups wishing to participate may sign up at hoaglandin.com. That same website leads to the full schedule, the volleyball registration form, and some history on the festival.
The popular Dachshund Dash will not be part of the 46th Hoagland Days.
Hoagland Community Park is accessible on the south side of Hoagland Road, a few blocks east of Minnich Road.