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HAWKEYE — The theme for this year’s Hawkeye Fun Days celebration is 40 years in the making — “Let the Rubies Shine in Hawkeye!”

Scheduled for Friday, June 14, to Sunday, June 15, the festival is sponsored by the Hawkeye Businessmen’s Association, coordinated by its officers, along with help from volunteers from within the community of Hawkeye.

“Forty years ago, it started out as a kid’s event with an only children’s’ parade,” said Wayne Schroeder, president of the Hawkeye Businessmen’s Association. “It has now evolved into a parade open to all ages.

“Every year we pick a theme, this year’s is to make the community aware of our 40-year landmark and the floats will be geared around the theme.”

That first event remains special to Schroeder.

“It was all about the kids, and it was new and fresh to the community,” he said. “All entrants were kids.”

Schroeder said that as long as he could remember there had been no fun celebrations in the small community of Hawkeye.

“They did not have a fun day; one of our members in our business association suggested it because the town he came from did, so that’s how we got the idea,” he said.

The most fun thing to Schroeder regarding the 40- year span of his involvement in the town celebration is: “How the whole community comes together,” said Schroeder.

Schroeder also enjoys that the officers of the association are a main committee and then individuals in the community volunteer to work together to have a fun event.

“We keep adding new things,” he said. “The focus has always been the same over the span of years; the kids, especially with the park activities.”

Hawkeye Fun Days will be full of activities: a 5K run, the crowning of Miss Hawkeye, recognition of the Grand Marshals Jerry and Diane Homewood, live music from local and visiting artists Aaron Smith, Darren Pape, American Standard and Windfall Jac; not to mention the dance at the community hall wrapping up Saturday night.

Traditional events such as the parade, the tractor ride, and a 24-hour softball tournament and the fireworks display will keep everyone on their toes.

Originally from Fredericksburg, Schroeder started an agri-service business in Hawkeye in 1975, which has now evolved into Schroeder Feed and Seed Company.

“The Hawkeye community is a nice community to work for and we get a lot of support from people,” said Schroeder. “It’s easy to do things for a community that appreciates what you do for them. So, come and enjoy the events and bring your family and enjoy the fun during our two- day celebration.”

Hawkeye Fun Days committee members are: Wayne Schroeder, Chuck Harriman, Diane Ungerer, Dana Leitzman, Gene and Jane Nuss.

Taylor Campground helpers include West Union Trenching, Brent Ungerer, Chuck Harriman, Wayne Schroeder, Darrin Schultz, David Alley, Jeff Yauslin, Brent Mitchell, John Fels.