The community of Westbrook has "Fun" written all over it this weekend.
That's when the northwest Cottonwood County city's annual "Fun Days" celebration will be held, starting Thursday evening with a community barbeque and evening of praise.
But there's plenty of activity and something for virtually everyone at this year's event, which runs through Sunday afternoon.
While there will be plenty of familiar - and popular - events returning to Fun Days in 2013, there are also a few new ones.
One of the newest attractions is the Sheltered Reality drumline from West Liberty, Iowa, that will give a 90-minute presentation from 2 to 3:30 p.m., in the City Park on Saturday.
"They're young people who do this and they interact with the audience," explains Maryellen Surhoff, who is helping coordinate the celebration. "They'll play some popular music and drum to it. And they'll invite audience members to learn how to play the drums.
"The leader is a motivational speaker and between songs he has a message for the kids, whether it's anti-bullying or going for your goals. It has a Christian message to it."
But don't wait to see the drumline in the parade. The group will pack up and head to Iowa as soon as their performance is finished Saturday afternoon.
There's something new for the youth, too. Three inflatable units will be set up in the park. For the purchase of a wristband, youth can enjoy the inflatables from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
"We're going to have three units and we hope to get them up early in the day, so that should be a lot of fun for the kids," Surhoff notes.
And there's new evening entertainment for young and old alike. A "Movie Night," sponsored by the WWG National Honor Society, will be held in the Westbrook-Walnut Grove auditorium Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The movie Bee will be shown with admission just a dollar.
Meanwhile, the older folks can enjoy music by Mike B Entertainment from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., in the City Park. In the event of rain, the entertainment will be moved to the Westbrook Community Center.
"Mike Barber is a Westbrook resident and a very good singer," Surhoff says. "It's a DJ show, but I would imagine he'll probably do some singing himself. He does an amazing Otis Redding, 'Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay.' "
For more on what's planned for Westbrook Fun Days, see the story in the June 26 issue of the Cottonwood County Citizen on newsstands today.