CLARION - Clarion Festival in the Park is paying tribute to its dual state 1A wrestling champions by using "Cowboy Pride" as this year's theme.
The Clarion Goldfield Cowboy wrestlers will serve as grand marshals for the annual parade on June 16.
"We're doing a lot to highlight what's happening in our schools," said Kim Heller, executive director of Clarion Chamber and Development, who pointed out that next year the reorganized school district will also include Dows.
Much of this year's celebration, which has a new theme every year, will focus on Cowboy Pride, Heller said.
Friday Night Under the Lights features all new events, she said.
"We've tried to make it so there's something for everyone," Heller said.
Although she suggested the best part of the festival is "all of it," Heller said she would strongly encourage people to attend Friday night's activities, which include live music, the Taste of Iowa social, a flag football game, kiddie parade and swim party.
"Friday night is a good time to socialize and gather," she said.
Heller said people should "join us on Friday night to kick off the event ... and come back Saturday and Sunday."
The festival parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday with the flag salute on First Avenue Northwest. Following the parade, activities at Gazebo Park include concessions, craft vendors, stage program and entertainment, antique tractor exhibit and a quilt show.
Heller said organizers wanted to highlight that Lake Cornelia is a great asset, so some of Sunday's action shifts to about six miles northeast of Clarion to the glacial lake site.
"We wanted to have a family fun day recognizing that this is one of the places you can go for free and have fun with your family," she said.
A free lunch for dads will be held on Father's Day at the outdoor shelter house at Lake Cornelia. Tickets for the rest of the family are $5 each and can be purchased through the Chamber or at the event while supplies last.
Father's Day will also mark the inaugural cardboard boat regatta, which Heller said, could be family or business entries.
Entries are $10 per boat, which can only be made of corrugated cardboard. Races will be timed with awards given to the fastest times completing the course; the number of heats will depend on the number of entries received.
Sailors who aren't overly skilled in racing cardboard boats can still receive recognition. Prior to the races, boats will be judged in categories of best original design, best construction or construction technique, best decorated, best team effort, and most Cowboy Pride. There will also be a Titanic Award for the most spectacular sinking.
Regatta registrations are due by Thursday. For more information or to register, contact the Chamber, 532-2256.