Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Creek Day is coming June 20th



ODEBOLT, IOWA -  Nationally acclaimed Historical Re-enactor Darrel Draper will bring J. Sterling Morton, founder of Arbor Day, back to life in his costumed “edu-taining” (educational + entertaining) presentation, “J. Sterling Morton: Author of Arbor Day” in Odebolt during Creek Days.  His presentation will be at 10:30 on Saturday, June 20th, at the Heritage Square Park in the Outdoor Classroom of the Iowa Rural Schools Museum, 2nd Street in downtown Odebolt.

April, 2015 marked the 143rd anniversary of Arbor Day, a unique holiday that began as a speech by Morton to Nebraska legislators in 1872.  An ardent and early proponent of forestation, Morton had for many years urged Nebraska to set aside a day, Arbor Day, to encourage the planting of trees.

The holiday was first observed in April 1872 and proved an enormous success; more than a million trees were planted on that first Arbor Day. Since 1885, Arbor Day has been a public holiday in Nebraska, as well as all over the US, and is celebrated along with Earth Day on April 22, in honor of Morton's birth.

Draper wrote and debuted the Morton presentation ten years ago.  Since then, he has toured all over the Midwest, and is one of the most requested speakers in the Nebraska Humanities Council Speaker’s Bureau program.

Darrel Draper, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Morton, has been described by audience members as “an awesome and absolutely wonderful performer” who is able to transport listeners back in time to the era of his characters.  His humorous delivery, sound research, knowledge of history, and the use of interactive audience participation have delighted audiences aged 8 to 80.

Draper’s performance is sponsored by the Rural Legacy Project and is made possible with help from a grant from the Nebraska Humanities Council, Humanities Iowa, and donors to the Iowa Rural Schools Museum of Odebolt.

Visit Darrel Draper's website

Get ready for Mr. and Ms. of Creek Days!  
If your child would like to participate this year, please stop by Shear Magic and pickup your packet!
You only have until June 4th!

Breakfast on Saturday morning! The Odebolt Betterment Committee is sponsoring Chris Cakes June 20 from 7:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. at the Odebolt Fire Station. Free will donation with the proceeds going to Christmas Lights.
Trinity Lutheran Church's 5K Run/Walk

Saturday Activities at Heritage Square
10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 20th - Dedication and Presentation of the 1) Outdoor Classroom Shelter, 2) “Recess” Statue, and 3) Bell Tower at 10:00 at the Heritage Square Park and Iowa Rural Schools Museum.
10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 20th - Historical Re-enactor, Darrel Draper, will bring J. Sterling Morton, founder of Arbor Day, back to life in his costumed “edu-taining” (educational + entertaining) presentation at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 20th, at the Heritage Square Park in the Outdoor Classroom of the Iowa Rural Schools Museum.  
Parade Theme  Mardi Gras  Get your ideas ready for your Creek Days float!  Saturday, June 20th at 1:00 pm
"Trust" to perform - 9:00 pm at the Community Center, Saturday, June 20th- visit their facebook page

SUNDAY - The 2nd Annual Cook-Off for Odebolt Creek Days 2015 will be held on Sunday, June 21 starting at noon. No fee to enter.  Contact Jerry Ullrich at 712-369-9839 if interested! Prizes will be awarded to 1st 2nd and 3rd place!

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