The Strasburg Lions Homecoming is Friday, July 12 to Saturday, July 13 and there are several events that offer fun and fitness, as well as a variety of activities.
And of course, the town’s signature – gnomes!
On Saturday, July 13, the Lions Club will offer the first annual Strong Man and Strong Woman event. This is part of an overall fitness movement that is sweeping the nation. The activities are intense. They include a Farmer’s Carry, Harness Pull, Tractor/Semi-Tire Flips and Trailer Lifts. The event starts at 10.
“It sounds crazy to people now, but I think soon Strong Man and Woman Contests soon will be as common as a marathon,” said Brian Shelton, organizer of the event. “Many people are looking for a way to stay in shape, but not focus on one activity.”
Shelton said that someone really wanting a good workout might also consider running in the 5K run that morning, as another offering at the event will be the annual 5K Run/Walk.
This event starts at 8:30 a.m. and might be a more traditional way to work out, while still offering great way to work off all that food sold at the event.
Also on Saturday, the kids can jump, run or pedal off the lemon shake ups with a bouncy house or by playing the Kids Games on the ball diamond at 11 a.m. or the peddle tractor pull at 1 p.m.
And for those wanting a little activity, but that aren’t ready to flip a tractor tire, there is a bean bag/washers event at 3 p.m.
But, of course, it wouldn’t be a good, small town homecoming without a Pork Chop Dinner – offering burgers and hot dogs, and ice cream and cake. That will be on Friday, July 12 starting at 5 p.m. and followed by Larson’s Karate and Dance ETC. performances starting at 6 p.m., a beer garden and Kiss the Pig Contest at 7 p.m. Rufus Cool will play at 7:15 p.m. and Battle Creek Band at 8 p.m.
On Saturday, the food stands open at 11:30 a.m. and Tractor Pull begins at noon. The Beer Garden is open from noon to midnight. For information contact Jay Vogel at 217-644-3004 or visit www.strasburgil.com. Some of the events have pre-registration. Proceeds of the event go to the Village of Strasburg for community improvements. All events take place at the Strasburg Park – East Commercial Street.