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Fulda Wood Duck Festival honors fire department’s 125 years of service

FULDA -- What happens when a carnival backs out one week before a community's annual celebration? Well, in Fulda it means an onslaught of volunteers coming to the rescue to plan hometown carnival games in a pinch.Fulda Area Community Club member ...

FULDA - What happens when a carnival backs out one week before a community’s annual celebration?

Well, in Fulda it means an onslaught of volunteers coming to the rescue to plan hometown carnival games in a pinch.
Fulda Area Community Club member Dan Uttech said they have everything from an expanded bingo area to portable basketball hoops, pick-a-duck games, street Yahtzee, human foosball and bean bag games, among others. There will also be a photo booth set up in the area.
The club was able to contract with a company last week to bring in several inflatables for the festival, including Bazooka Ball, which is played in a mega inflatable arena that is 20 by 60 feet. There will be three inflatables for smaller children and two to three inflatables for teens and older. The inflatables will be open from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday on Main Street in the downtown business district.
“The committee has really come together and a lot of businesses and individuals have stepped up,” Uttech said. “We have things to keep people uptown, socializing and having fun.”
To go along with the hometown carnival, the community club has lined up a cotton candy machine to join Midwest Concessions, the Long Branch’s taco truck, and a burger and bratwurst stand manned by the Town & Country Golf Club.
The theme for this weekend’s festival is “Fulda Fire Department: Protecting Our Community for 125 Years,” and all retired Fulda Fire Department personnel are invited to go through the Saturday evening parade together as the grand marshals.
“They still have the original fire hose wagon, manufactured in 1890,” Uttech said. “Back then, it was pulled by hand. I think they’re planning to have that in the parade. That’s kind of a neat thing.”
Among the new activities added to the Fulda Wood Duck Festival this year are a swim meet for kids this afternoon; a 4-on-4 co-ed volleyball tournament Friday night at Seven Mile Park (16 teams have registered, games will be played on the park’s new sand volleyball courts); a water fight with area fire departments Friday afternoon; and an open house celebrating the new Fulda Historical Society building from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
For more information about any of the activities, visit the Fulda Area Community Club’s Facebook Page.

Following is the schedule of events:
Today
1 p.m., swim meet at the pool
5 p.m. until gone, Supper in the Park
6 p.m., Big Band concert, Fulda City Park
Friday
4:30 to 7:30 p.m., community barbecue & pie, Fulda City Hall
5 to 10 p.m., hometown carnival games
6 p.m., kiddie parade, Fulda City Park
6:30 p.m., 4-on-4 co-dd volleyball tourney, Seven Mile Park
7 p.m., Fulda High School Band concert, Fulda City Park
Dusk, fireworks
Saturday
7:30 a.m., 5K run registration begins, Fulda High School, with run beginning at 8:30 a.m.
8 a.m., 5K walk registration begins, Fulda High School, with walk beginning at 9:15 a.m.
9:45 a.m., kids 1-mile Fun Run, Fulda High School
10 a.m. to Noon, kids fishing contest, Fulda Lake T-dock
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., open house at the new Historical Society building; lunch served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
10:30 a.m., 3-on-3 basketball tourney, Fulda High School
2 p.m., Fulda Cannoneers, Fulda watertower
3 p.m., fire department water fight, Third Avenue, one block east of the fire hall
3 p.m. to after the parade, walking tacos, Fulda City Hall
5 to 10 p.m., hometown carnival games
6 p.m., Grand Parade
9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Lions street dance, beer garden
Sunday
8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Firemen’s Pancake Feed, Fulda Community Legion Hall
11 a.m., Community Choir Cantata, First Presbyterian Church
11:30 a.m., Kiddie Tractor Pull registration begins with pull to start at noon, Fulda City Park
Noon to 5 p.m., Family Fun in the Park, featuring Bob and the Beachcombers, Fulda City Park
Noon to 4:30 p.m., silent auction, Fulda City Park
Noon to 5 p.m., Community Club food stand, Fulda City Park
1 to 5 p.m., 50-50 Split the Pot drawings every hour

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Julie Buntjer became editor of The Globe in July 2021, after working as a beat reporter at the Worthington newspaper since December 2003. She has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism from South Dakota State University.
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