The Elgin community is planning three fun-filled days of activities for its Q125 celebration, June 20-22.
"Celebrating 125 Years of Faith, Family & Friends" is the theme for the celebration.
Opening ceremonies are scheduled to begin at The Moving Wall on Thursday at 5 p.m. A half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., The Moving Wall will be set up in the lot behind the Elgin Public Library. A reception will be held at the KC Hall immediately following the ceremonies. The Moving Wall will be open to the public 24 hours a day through Sunday, June 22. It is sponsored by the Elgin American Legion and VFW. Click here for more about The Moving Wall.
Additional events planned for the duration of the Q125 celebration, Friday-Sunday, are the Mountain Men Muzzle Loaders at the CVA lot on North Street; VFW Military Display at the Veterans Club, downtown Elgin; Quilt/Art Show in the St. Boniface Church basement, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday; Q125 Vintage Bridal Gown Display at Snider Memorial Funeral Home, beginning at 3 p.m. Friday; Richard's Amusements carnival rides and games, beginning at 4 p.m. each day.
Other activities are:
Friday, June 20 7-10 a.m. - Breakfast at the Elgin United Methodist Church 8:30 a.m. - Flag dedication at West Cedar Valley/St. Boniface cemeteries 9 a.m. - Cemetery walk at West Cedar Valley/St. Boniface cemeteries 10-11 a.m. - Kid's Zone at Pope John Central Catholic High School 10 a.m.-3 p.m. - Lion's Club Health Screening trailer at Jonny Dodge car lot, Elgin 11 a.m. - "Bank robbery" at 2nd and Pine streets 12 p.m. - Lunches at the Elgin KC Hall and Elgin Community Center 1 p.m. - Q125 Vintage Clothing Style Show in the Elgin Public School Gym 2:30 p.m. - Water fights hosted by the Elgin Fire Department 3:30 p.m. - Air rifle shooting contest at Jonny Dodge 4:30 p.m. - Trail Riders arrive in Elgin 4:30-7 p.m. - Supper at Elgin KC Hall, served by St. Boniface Altar Society 6:30 p.m. - Ceremony: beard contest, Elgin calendar men and a surprise appearance at Q125 Grand Central Station 8 p.m. - Dueling Pianos, hosted by Elgin Ko-Ed Group, at Q125 Grand Central Station
Saturday, June 21 7-10 a.m. - Breakfast at the Elgin United Methodist Church 7:30 a.m. - 2 or 5 mile Fun Run/Walk, registration at 7:30 a.m. at the Elgin City Park. Race begins at 8 a.m., $15 entry fee. 9 a.m. - "Bank Roberry" at 2nd and Pine streets 9:30 a.m. - Tractor Drive, starts at Beckman Lumber 10 a.m. - Kiddie Parade at Elgin City Park 11 a.m.-3 p.m. - Inflatables at the Elgin City Park, hosted by Young-N-Lively group. Schwan's treats will be sold. 1 p.m. - Texting competition at the Elgin City Park 1 p.m. - Pie and ice cream social at the Elgin Community Center 2 p.m. - The Hat Tree Lady at the Elgin United Methodist Church 2:30 p.m. - "Ball Game," featuring Hula Hotties, Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader wannabees, Beauty Pageant Rejects at the baseball field 3:30 p.m. - Antique Tractor Display at the Elgin Livestock Market 5 p.m. - Beer garden opens at Q125 Central Station 6:30 p.m. - Alumni banquets at Elgin Public Gym and Elgin KC Hall 9 p.m.-1 a.m. - Street dance, featuring live music by "The Rude Band," at the Q125 Central Station
Sunday, June 22 7 a.m. - Fly-in breakfast at Koinzan Airport POSTPONED - Car, pickup and motorcycle show near The Station LOCATION MOVED - 9:30 a.m. - Celebration of faith moved to the Elgin Public High School Gym 12 p.m. - Air show at Koinzan Airport 1 p.m. - Grand Parade, beginning at the Elgin football field (register by 11 a.m.) 4:30 p.m. - "Sheltered Reality," a choreographed drumming group, will perform in the Elgin Public Gym 5 p.m. - Variety Show in Elgin Public Gym 5:30 p.m. - Community BBQ at Q125 Central Station, hosted by Elgin Community Foundation, free-will offering 7:30 p.m. - Closing ceremonies, time capsule and train auction at Q125 Central Station 8 p.m. - Music by Dave Merkel and beer garden at Q125 Central Station, sponsored by the Elgin Fire Department 10 p.m. - Fireworks display, sponsored by the Elgin Fire Department