June De Wit | Staff Writer
Hull Summerfest, sponsored by the Hull Chamber of Commerce, will be July 11–14.
Wednesday, July 11, the action begins at 5:30 p.m. on the parking lot of First Reformed Church on Main Street with a Car and Tractor Cruise-in. Hot dogs, coneys, chips and drinks will be served as a fundraiser for the church building fund project.
A bean bag tournament begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday evening and goes until finished. Teams will play for prizes provided by local businesses. Teams will be formed into categories of ages 12 and under OR 13 and older. Register by contacting Peg Koele, 712-470-0252.
Thursday, July 12, Music in the Park begins at 7 p.m. in Westside Park. Bring your own lawn chair and enjoy a night of inspiring Christian music and singing with local favorites. Root beer floats will be served with free-will donations being accepted for First Reformed Church mission and outreach projects. There will be performances by Laura Bonestroo, The Singing Servants (Pastors Steve Bierly, Aaron Deutsch and Todd Zuidema), a ukulele medley by Carlie Hoekstra, Olivia Lanning and Rylee Waldner, and Sierra Nielsen and Jaden Van Schepen.
Friday, July 13, begins with a Shoot for a Cure Golf Tournament at Rolling Hills Country Club. The 18-hole best-ball golf tournament is booked with 24 teams, but the public is invited to a social hour that begins at 4:30 p.m. Funds are being raised for the American Cancer Society and a newly-created Boyden-Hull Scholarship. The social hour includes appetizers with a free-will donation and raffle tickets for a variety of prizes.
The Hull Fire Department will be serving a Pork Burger Supper from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Hull Safety Complex. Free-will donations received at the pork burger supper will benefit the Hull Fire Department, which is raising funds for upgrading equipment. Fire Trucks and Ambulances will be on display. Members of these two volunteer groups encourage the public to stop by and take a closer look at the emergency vehicles and talk to the firefighters and EMTs.
At 6 p.m. at Hubbling Park, there will be a Sand Volleyball Tournament Friday evening. Teams of six will play against each other and it is open to high school age and up. Cash prizes will be awarded to the first-, second- and third-place winners. Pre-registration is required.
Also on Friday at 7 p.m. in the Boyden-Hull Theatre, “Dorothy in Wonderland” will be performed. Tickets are available at the door or call or email (712-439-1103 or firstname.lastname@example.org) to reserve seats. The cast includes 44 students in grades 4-12. The Boyden-Hull Education Foundation promotes the activity as a fine arts opportunity for students. The performance will again be given at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Get ready for Friday’s Cruise Night! Grab a lawn chair and find a place to sit on Main Street and watch the cars, trucks and golf carts go by from 7-9 p.m. The Chamber is currently working on getting an announcer for the event.
At dusk Friday, for the first time ever at SummerFest, a Family Movie will be shown on the First Reformed Church parking lot. The movie, “Wonder,” will be shown on a 20-foot-tall inflatable screen. The Foreign Candy Company is sponsoring the movie. First Reformed Church will be selling popcorn, pie and ice cream. Donations for the food will be accepted to benefit the church.
On Saturday, July 14, be sure to stop by Westside Park for a tasty breakfast sponsored by the American Legion Post. The Pancake Breakfast supports the Hull Legion and they will serve from 7-9:30 a.m.
Rustic Railroad Market is a new attraction this year. It will be open Saturday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Local vendors will be offering vintage, repurposed and handmade treasures in the former Hull railroad district located north of the B Fierce Boutique building on Highway 18. Twelve vendors have committed to be there, rain or shine.
On Saturday, the highlight of the day will be the Candy Parade at 10 a.m. on Main and Fifth streets. Children of all ages enjoy the parade where candy is plentiful — it’s the best candy parade around! To ensure the safety of everyone, be sure your children are staying behind the white line to avoid potential accidents.
Saturday’s parade will be followed by a FREE Kids’ Carnival located on the First Reformed Church parking lot from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Carnival games, prizes and inflatables are for all ages. A rock-climbing wall will be available for ages 14 and up. Sioux Center Health, Farmers Mutual, De Koster & De Koster, Impact Construction and D & K Door sponsor the carnival.
M Design & Promotions and Integrated Financial Planning will sponsor a Dunk Tank, a fun, new attraction and fundraiser. Proceeds of this event will go to Kids’ Club. The schedule is as follows: 11:30 Skyler Wheeler, state representative; 11:45 – Kate Franken, American State Bank; 12 noon Jim Collins, city administrator; 12:15 Terry Dolieslager, Family Life; 12:30 Dan Pottebaum, Boyden-Hull Community School District; 12:45 Mike Broek, Iowa State Bank; 1 p.m. Dylan Harman, summer rec; 1:15 Roger Buys, Mayor of Hull.
Saturday’s Food Stands will be available to help satisfy your taste buds. Pizza Ranch pizza, a taco stand, Stensland’s Ice Cream, Donna Tea Lemonade, and more will help to support Bright Start Daycare!
At 1 p.m. the Kids’ Pedal Tractor Pull sponsored by The Station and brought to Hull by the Granville Improvement Club Inc. will begin on Third Street, north of the First Reformed Church. Kids 4-11 years old will compete by pedaling a tractor with weight attached. Registration is prior to the event at 12:30.
Saturday at 3 p.m. “Dorothy in Wonderland” final performance in Boyden-Hull Theatre (see above).
From 5-8 p.m. Saturday is the sixth annual Tailgating Cook-Off Classic at Rolling Hills Country Club. Pork, beef, chicken, side dishes, desserts and more will be provided by local cooks as a fundraiser for Hull EMTs who will assist at the event sponsored by Modern Woodmen (Annie Groeneweg), Sioux Center Health, American State Bank, Farmers Mutual, Agropur, Verhoef Custom Woodworking, Dan’s Food Center and De Jong Hardware. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Hull Chamber Office, American State Bank or Iowa State Bank. Tickets will be available at the gate but only 275 diners will be allowed.