Washington Evening Journal
111 North Marion Avenue
Washington, IA 52353
WINFIELD – Winfield pulled out all the stops for Crooked Creek Days this very hot past weekend.
Friday night, Twin Lakes Country Club was the place to be for Crooked Creek Days.
The country club brought good family fun through a best shot golf tournament for 12 – 18 year-olds, family-friendly cornhole tournament, and karaoke/dance.
Adults rang in the traditional event with their own fun after the kids went to bed with Jive radio at the country club.
After all that fun, the community started Saturday with a pancake breakfast at the Presbyterian Church.
In addition to breakfast, couples gathered at the church for a two session marriage conference, Saturday, with guest speaker Reverend Dr. J Andrew D. Butler of South Carolina.
The day really got going at the beginning of the annual Crooked Creek Days parade.
The parade had an impressive show of Shriner’s clubs, tractors, and community members.
In fact, according to Winfield Mayor Willie Bender, Shriner member Dan Peters even arranged for an air-med helicopter fly over.
The chopper flew in from Ft. Madison and the parade came to a standstill as they circled the route.
“We’re so glad Shriner’s could help,” RN, PHRN Flight Nurse M. Mitchell said as she finished a conversation with a young lady who regained the ability to walk thanks to Shriner hospitals.
Somehow, in spite of a real-feel of 115 degrees, the athletically inclined, or at least athletically interested, attendees still managed to hold up a competitive edge for 5k fun run, sand volleyball, Ga Ga Ball, Mighty Crooked Creek Strength Contest, toilet bowl races, kickball, and cornhole.
The 4-H Wizards helped supply fun for kids, Saturday, with face painting, tattoos, and snow cones next to the very popular, and cool, corn pit.
Many of the activities were chosen to support the community financially.
The 4-H Wizards raised money with the face painting and snow cones for their club.
The senior class raised funds with a bake sale, and History teacher David Pieart assisted in running an escape room at city hall to raise funds for Winfield-Mt. Union’s biannual student trip to Europe.
Additionally, raffle tickets raised $688 to benefit the JR Hewitt Memorial Scholarship fund for WMU graduates, and the annual Duck Soup Fiasco Softball Tournament raised $600 for the WMU/Columbus Junction baseball team.
Saturday wrapped up with community worship, a family movie, and another opportunity for adult only fun.
Adults enjoyed slightly cooler weather at the adult dance at the Welcome Inn, with a performance from Rock Steady Band, at the end of Saturday’s festivities.
While a majority of the activities were held Saturday, Sunday had a fair share of fun.
Sunday held another breakfast, the JR Hewitt Memorial Car Show, Car Bass Shows, and communitywide church service.