Emden begins homecoming weekend Friday, July 20
July 20, 2012, EMDEN – “Small Town USA” is the theme for the annual Emden Homecoming, which runs through Sunday.
The 138-year-old community, with ties to Emden, Germany, is located in the northwestern corner of Logan County.
Sons of the American Legion of Logan County will sponsor the 61st annual event. The group will give a $138 prize representing the age of the village and $61 prizes representing the number of homecomings. Winners do not need to be present at the drawings. SAL will also provide food stands and other concessions Friday and Saturday.
At 4:30 p.m. today,Friday July 20, the Hartem FFA will serve a fried chicken supper in the air-conditioned dining room of the Emden Community House. The meal is free for children ages 3 and younger; $4 for children ages 4 through 12; and $7 for adults. The menu includes fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, cole slaw, applesauce, bread and butter, homemade pies and cakes, coffee and iced tea.
Carnival rides, provided by Summer Time Fun of Streator, will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. Wristbands will be available for $10 each.
Following a 7:30 p.m. opening ceremony on the outdoor stage, the New Salem Country Opry will entertain. The American Legion will have a cash drawing at 10:30 p.m.)
Saturday’s activities will begin bright and early with registration at the Emden Community House for the 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Run. The runs will begin at 8 a.m. at the community house. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Whistle Stop Library and the Hartem Summer League.
Also beginning at 8 a.m. is the multi-family, town-wide garage sale, which will run until noon. Whistle Stop Park will host a craft show from 8 a.m. until dusk.
A car show will take place from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. with participant judging. Also beginning at 9 a.m., pork chop sandwiches will be available at the grade school triangle.
Logan County Farm Bureau will sponsor a kiddie tractor pull near the depot at 10 a.m.
“Small Town USA” is also the theme for Saturday’s 2 p.m. parade. Sign-in and check-in for the parade will start at 12:30 p.m. near St. Peter Lutheran Church. Joe Hackett, master of ceremonies, will be at the depot, where he will introduce various participants and announce the winners.
One of the featured floats in this year’s parade will be the reclaimed Lincoln statue reproduction sponsored by the Logan Railsplitting Association.
The statue, made of foam, is about 5 feet square and 7 feet tall. It is a reproduction of the Lincoln Memorial Statue that sits on the Mall in Washington, D.C., said Railsplitter spokesman John Sutton.
Sutton said Logan County Board member Kevin Bateman spotted the statue in a dumpster in Springfield and asked what was to become of it. When he learned that the owners planned to dispose of the piece, he asked permission to keep it. He transported it to Lincoln in the back of his truck and passed it along to the Railsplitting Association.
Sutton, who will drive the truck pulling the trailer with the statue, picked it up earlier this week in preparation for the parade.
“When you drive around town with it, people look,” he said.
The Hartem Boosters Club will serve a fried fish supper in the community house starting at 4:30 p.m. The menu also will include baked beans, chips, cole slaw, desserts, bread and butter, coffee and iced tea. Donations will be accepted for the meal.
Carnival rides (,provided by Summer Time Fun of Streator,) will be open from 5 to 9 p.m.
The Dynamics will play music on the outdoor stage starting at 7:30 p.m. The evening will end with drawings for $350, $150 and $50 cash prizes.
On Sunday, a 10:30 a.m. combined community church service will held on the lawn of St. Peter Lutheran Church. The Rev. Casey Tygrett, minister of Emden Christian Church, and the Rev. David Hofer of St. Peter’s will give the messages. Attendees are reminded to bring lawn chairs.