GILMORE CITY -Jamie Ohnemus, of Gilmore City, got to be a hero of sorts Saturday morning during the Gilmore City Fun Days Parade.
While not exactly dressed in tights and a cape - his jeans and T-shirt did fine - he still ran a block to his nearby home, retrieved a battery powered drill and a spare wheel for the four wheeler being used to pull the "Cutie Contest" winners after it suffered a flat tire going around the first curve.
"The parade can go on now," he said while wiping the sweat from his brow.
He got some help. His brother, Steve Ohnemus, and friend, Ben Lynch, had the really hard part of the job. They served as human jacks and held the four-wheeler suspended while he changed the wheel.
"It was a pit stop on the route," Ohnermus said. "It's all good to go now."
Further along the route, Logan and Brittney Peters, of Gilmore City, were enjoying the parade in a pair of comfortable lawn chairs. Seated between them, watching candy fly from hand to street and even once or twice all the way to him was their dog Ruger.
"This is his first parade," Brittney Peters said. "Usually he doesn't eat candy."
At home, he gets treats and the occasional bit of his human's dinner.
"Probably more than he should," Logan Peters said.
In addition to the parade, they were also taking in the bean bag toss contest and enjoying the atmosphere.
"It's fun being back home and seeing everybody," Brittney Peters said.
Peter Carlson, of Gilmore City, was watching the parade with his son Bryce, 2, they were both enjoying it although the elder of the pair was a bit hesitant to admit it.
"It's for the munchkins," he said.
So what did his son like the best, hands down? The fire trucks. He not only clapped when they went by, he literally jumped for joy.
Both before, and after the parade, the Gilmore City Library was a busy place.
Library Director Lana Lewis not only had it open, she was selling off a selection of books to help purchase more materials for the collection.
"We pulled old stuff that hadn't been checked out for 30 or 40 years," she said.
That's not a typo either, there were literally some volumes that had been on the shelf that long with no readers. There's even a proper name for the process.
"We call it weeding the books," she said.
It's also part of updating the library's operations. They recently converted to an electronic card catalog system. The old one, a nice oak cabinet, is awaiting a new home.
"It's over there," she said, pointing to the corner.
Whatever doesn't sell won't go to waste, the leftover volumes will be donated to the Beacon of Hope Shelter in Fort Dodge.
"They won't end up in a Dumpster," she said. "We hate to do that."
Even busy with the sale, she still got to see the parade.
"I watched it out the window," she said.
She was also not playing to character, the traditional "shhhh" isn't part of her philosophy.
"We don't do that," she said. "As much."
Other events included a breakfast buffet, citywide garage sales, Tin City, a Lions Club lunch, bingo and kids games and a street dance in the evening.
Today's events include a fireman's pancake breakfast, tractor ride, community church service and a community pot luck.