Date: June 24, 2009
From: Gary Bentrim, Solon Beef Days Committee President
Subject: Beef Days Press Release
This year On Friday/Saturday, July 17th & 18th, Solon Beef Days will hold its 38th celebration. This two day event, traditionally starting the third Friday in July, has collected and donated over $318,000 back into the community and surrounding area since 1971.
We hope to make this year’s celebration as special as last year with more activities than ever before. One event we will be bringing back again this year is the car raffle giving away a 2009 Chevy Cobalt LS Sedan Saturday night around 10pm at the bandstand. Proceeds from that raffle will help defer the Celebration’s expenses to raise more money for community projects. As usual, we will have Kid’s Corner with games, clowns, magicians, dancers, etc. We again will have the Carnival on the Midway right down Main Street. The Food Court featuring our signature Rib Eye Steak dinners, steak sandwiches, pork burgers and various other sandwiches and treats will be by the Band Stand with 8 different bands playing over the weekend. Other major events include a 2-man best shot golf tournament at Lake MacBride Golf Course Friday afternoon at 1pm, the Solon Optimist Beef Days Fishing Derby at Brosh’s pond at 11:30am Saturday and the 5K Run Saturday morning featuring some world-class runners and the Annual Beef Days Parade starting at 10:00am, which has become one of largest candy throwing Parade’s in Eastern Iowa.
In the last few years we have expanded the celebration to include new things at Kid’s Corner that has free events and activities both days for kids of all ages. Kid’s Corner has added many performing groups and activities from the surrounding area to provide new and different things to the celebration.
We have also concentrated on having live music throughout the entire weekend. This year is no exception with a new high of 8 different bands or groups playing. We start with a street dance Friday night with Terry McCauley at 5pm before the famous Hay Bale toss at 7pm. Then at 9:00pm we will have a favorite Crazy Delicious to close out the evening. We then kick off Saturday at the Bandstand with the Eastern Iowa Brass Band starting right after the parade at 11:00am. Then at 1pm we will feature Leo Shima Country Sounds from 1:00pm-3:00pm with an Arm Wrestling tournament going on in the afternoon. This will be followed by Twist & Shout from 3pm to 6pm., We round out Saturday evening with a great old time favorite Morning After from 6:00pm-9:00pm and then Jake Mcvey till 12:30am.
Friday July 17 2009
- 5 pm :: Terry McCauley
- 9 pm :: Crazy Delicious
Saturday July 18 2009
- 11am :: Eastern Iowa Brass Band
- 1 pm :: Leo Shima Country Sounds
- 3 pm :: Twist & Shout
- 6 pm :: Morning After
- 9 pm :: Jake Mcvey
What’s different about our celebration is that we are a family oriented event with most of the activities being free. There is no cover charge to listen to the bands, enter the children’s events, etc. and any money spent, all of the profits go right back into the community and surrounding area. Many activities are funded by local businesses through their donations to the Beef Days Committee and all of the food providers are area non-profit organizations that have taken much of their profits throughout the years and returned it to the area in some fashion or another. For many, the Solon Beef Days venue is their largest fundraiser. Solon Beef Days has become a tradition for Eastern Iowa and has provided a source of income to do the community and area projects that may never have been funded if not for this annual celebration. Almost every activity or event in this two-day celebration is staffed and managed by over 450 volunteers.
If you have questions, comments visit our web site at BeefDays.com or if you would like to donate or get involved in this event, please feel free to give Gary Bentrim, President of Solon Beef Days Committee a call at 624-2918.