Residents and visitors alike enjoyed great weather this year for the 2012 Winding Stairs Festival. There were three days packed with activities, beginning on Thursday with events at both the North Tama Athletic Complex and the school.
Families competed in a series of fun games out at the athletic complex early Thursday evening, with the annual Fall Sports Kickoff going on at the high school.
The Red & White Game this year showcased the 2012 North Tama football team as they got in one final scrimmage before next week's regular season opener at Wartburg against Nashua-Plainfield.
Above right, two girls enjoy a ride on a horse down Walnut Street during the Grand Parade on Saturday evening. Below right, the Doo Wops perform hits from the 50s, 60s and 70s outside the Memorial Building on Saturday night. Left, the Traer Fire Department broke out its antique truck during the festivities.
The evening concluded with a pool party for the North Tama high schoolers which lasted until 10:30 p.m.
The bulk of visitors arrived on Friday to participate in many of the activities on Second Street as the festival staff did a wonderful job getting the downtown area ready. There were contests for the kids, musical acts and free kolaches while they lasted. TMU was on hand to give out bucket rides and there was even a hot dog eating contest. Barefoot Becky and Loose Neutral highlighted the entertainment portions of the evening.
Saturday saw even more visitors as the entire day was devoted to the festival in downtown Traer. Following the FCCLA 5K, there was a pancake breakfast sponsored by the United Presbyterian Church, a talent show for the kids, boat races, a cooking contest and much more.
In the evening, the Winding Out the Red Carpet Grand Parade brought many of the day's participants together as they made their way from the school and through the downtown area.
As the sun began to set and the festival wound down, many of the reunion classes in town gathered at the Memorial Building for a dinner. The reunion pictures for all honored classes will be in next week's issue.