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Crooked Creek Days: A reunion of sorts

Aug 07, 2017
Photo by: Brooks Taylor The City of Winfield was a buzz this weekend as the community celebrated Crooked Creek Days. This year’s Crooked Creek Days parade had a water/pool theme.

By Brooks Taylor, Mt. Pleasant News


WINFIELD — Some came for the fun, others came to see old friends while it served as a mini-vacation for relatives.

They all met at Winfield last weekend for the 21st Annual Crooked Creek Days celebration.

And the event did have something for everyone.

Eighty-five runners and walkers launched Saturday’s activities in the 5K run/walk. The previous evening was the cardboard boat regatta, celebrating its 20th year. Saturday’s parade drew a large crowd and plenty of candy for the kids. Some of the other activities during Crooked Creek Days included food; a kids’ donut-eating contest; garden tractor pull; Bill Riley Talent Show; carnival; frozen T-shirt contest; adults bag tournament; volleyball tournament; car show; and kickball tournament.

Arvid Anderson, rural Crawfordsville, was watching the parade Saturday morning. He said he came at the request of Col. (ret.) R.L. (Lindy) Chrisinger and his wife, Lil, who were the parade ambassadors. “He (Lindy) told me at church last Sunday that I needed to get over here,” Anderson said chuckling.

Rachel Townsend made the two-and-one-half hour trip from Illinois as she does every year. “I live in a small town in Illinois and they don’t have anything like this. I think it is great that a small town can put on a celebration like this.”

She said she also comes to see family and friends. “My grandparents live here, and I visit them and hang out with friends. People are really friendly here. I have a lot of friends here.”

A few steps away from Townsend, Sally Maber of Winfield was watching the parade and three grandchildren. “My son and daughter have their families here and they are just having a ball. My son and his family bring their motor home here and park it in the backyard for Crooked Creek Days. I have the fun part because I get to bring the grandchildren to the parade.”

Maber said she marks the dates of Crooked Creek on her calendar early in the year “and doesn’t plan anything else that weekend.”

Crooked Creeks Day Chairperson Jen Huston headed the planning for the event for the fifth consecutive year. She said she has been one of the nine members on the committee for the past eight years.

The event card is kept fairly constant from year to year, she said. “This year we changed the pedal pull to a big-wheel pull, but we try to keep most of the same events. If some event isn’t attracting people, we change it for the next year.”

Huston said the committee meets monthly throughout the year with meetings weekly during June and July. The past couple of Sundays preceding the event, the committee made all of the 1,500 buttons used in the drawing. “It was about five hours work each day for seven of us,” she recounted.

Huston already has committed to chairing the event again next year but said after that, she is uncertain. “The mayor (Chris Finnell) would love it if I would commit for longer.”

She said all the residents are willing to pitch in if needed but gave a special salute to Finnell. “We back each other. Chris is great. He helps out a lot. Anything I ask him to do, he jumps on it right away.”

Huston said Crooked Creek Days not only draws people from the area but well beyond the borders of adjoining counties. “We have a lot of out-of-town people here. I have relatives who come from Pella and stay all weekend.”

Don Haggie, owner of Haggie Insurance for years, is now retired. But not only does the firm remain a corporate sponsor, Haggie was pleased with his first-place finish in his age division at the 5K run/walk, admitting that more of his performance was a walk than a run.

Haggie said the whole community is to be saluted on making Crooked Creek Days a longtime success. “There is a lot of work and participation that goes into this by the entire community.”

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