Heidelberg celebrates community

Rows of classic cars for the adults, inflatables for the youth, and food for all greeted the people of Heidelberg’s Community Day on Sunday, Sept. 15. (Wade Young Photo)

Heidelberg may be a town with approximately 120 residents, but its first Community Day had all the trappings of a larger community event on Sunday, Sept. 15.
 
Inflatables entertained the youth, the car show drew many people to the event, and the food stands kept everyone satisfied.
 
The Heidelberg Athletic Association (HAA) sponsored the event, with the help of businesses and private donations, as a way to raise money to support the community’s park. The community’s open-ended pavilion housed the seating and pork sandwiches and hotdogs. The field to its west featured the car show and inflatables, and music.
 
The Association is responsible for all of the park’s upkeep, including lawn mowing, bathroom and ball field maintenance. Funds for the park have diminished when the pulltab sales stopped when the local bar closed several years ago. 
 
Don Hlavac, who organized the car show, was pleased with the turnout. The car show featured 38 vintage cars. Hlavac said the shows usually feature a Best of Show award, but since Community Day was a first-time event, organizers were awarding five places. 
 
The winners were:
 
1st Place: Richard (Wolfman) Peroutka of Montgomery, for his 1964 Corvette.
2nd Place: Gerry Robinson of Le Center for his 1952 Chevy Pickup.
3rd Place: Mark and Nancy Jirik, of Montgomery, for their 1970 Dodge Challenger TA.
4th Place: Mike Harkins of Le Center for his 1034 Ford.
5th Place: Colleen Robinson of Le Center for her 1960 Chevy Impala.
 
In addition to the food tickets, unlimited inflatable use tickets, the Association also sold family memberships. The $20 that a person paid was portioned out to pavilion reroofing, upkeep of the park, and a drawing at the event. In addition, members received a discount on park rentals.