Something for everyone at Ogden Fun Days’ 150-year celebration

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This year’s Ogden Fun Days coincided with the city’s celebration of its sesquicentennial, and the theme of the event, appropriately enough, was “We Built This City.”

The three-day event started Thursday, June 23 and featured a noon-to-midnight carnival at the Ogden High School parking lot each of the the festival. Pony rides and a scale model railroad were also among the three-day features.

Thursday brought a screening of the movie “Toy Story” at the drive-in theater, a wildlife presentation by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and an Ogden Water Buffaloes entertainment garden.

Fun continued Friday with author Connie Rudy selling her book, “Downtown Ogden Past and Present.” Activities included face painting, a motor show, Ogden Lions Club bingo, a Bill Riley Talent Search and a musical event called duelling pianos.

Saturday’s fun began with a baseball tournament. A kiddie parade was the prelude to the full parade, with Parade Marshals: Connie Rudy, Doug Nebbe and Tom Kieffer. Ogden’s Biggest Loser Awards were presented, and the Iowa State University cheerleaders and Cy the Cyclone made a special appearance.

Youngsters were entertained by Patio Pros balloon artists and a painting activity by the Westside Hustler’s 4-H Club. A dodgeball tournament was followed by Greg Frisbee’s Rubber Chicken Variety Show and then came the 5K BEhERe run, which means be here for beer.

The Union Pacific railroad, which built this city as much as any industry, sponsored a pedal tractor pull, and the day wound up with a performance by the Perry band Rukkus from 8 p.m. until midnight.

The Ogden Fun Days’ 150th anniversary celebration attracted many local sponsors from the business community, including seven major sponsors, 14 platinum level sponsors, 19 gold level sponsors, nine silver level sponsors and 15 bronze level sponsors.

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