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Whoop-T-Do kicks off Saturday morning

by Sherrie Williams
Iowa Park Chamber of Commerce’s annual Homecoming Whoop-T-Do will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, downtown Iowa Park.

Whoop-T-Do vendors include:

Food and Drinks

Steven Hernandez - Mexican food.
Iowa Park Noon Lions Club - Sausage-on-a-stick, hot dogs, Coca-Cola products, Dr. Pepper products, and water.
First Assembly of God - Funnel cakes.
Oriental Express - Egg rolls, fried rice, and noodles.
Frosty Paradise - Sno-cones.
Iowa Park Choir Boosters - Lollipops.

H&R Block - Carnival games.
Hoggard Amusement - Duck pond, and spin art.
First Christian Church - Klinko, and bean bag toss.
Happy Hoopers - Inflatables.
Trails West - Family games - Zombie/Outlaw Shoot, tubes, and Katz.
Pacific Avenue Baptist - Car Smash.
Chamber of Commerce - Children’s train ride.
Molly and Friends - Farm animals and birds.
Painted Ponies - Pony rides.
Lakeview Church of God - Carnival games.

Merchandise and Information
Iowa Park Booster Club - Mean Green Marching Machine cards, Iowa Park window flags, informtion about boosters, and donation jars.
It Works - Body wraps, and health and wellness products and supplements.
Iowa Park Pep Squad - Yard signs, Koozies, and water bottles.
Mother Nature’s Gifts - Wood items - Mesquite bowls, wood burned signs, handmade jewelry, walking sticks, and wood fishing lures.
Kelly Taylor - Avon
Valley View 4-H - Spirit sticks, and decals.
Gary Pyle - Backpacks, sun glasses, and toys.
Tami Meissner - Bags, wood crafts, and handmade items.
Christine Rankin - Costume jewelry and scarves.
Love That Bling - Jewelry, purses, billfolds, hats, etc.
Mel Spain - Face painting, toys, and ballons.
Karla Neal - Crafts.
Tess Farnsworth - Scentsy.
Patsy Johnson - Various handmade crafts.
Three Sisters - Jewelry and craft items.
Rhee Anna Gage - Women’s clothes, shoes, boots, jewelry, caps, purses, and sun glasses.
Blue Rose Trading Company - Hand carved wood crafts from Thailand, knives.
Beau and Sons - Fence and deck staining and restoration.
Iowa Park Healthcare - Information
Cleartalk Wireless - Phones, service, and accessories.
NTS - phone service, television, and internet service.

Turtle Trot
Whoop-T-Do will start at a turtle’s pace at 8:30 a.m. with the Turtle Trot race.
The turtles will make their way down a four lane 12-foot track. The fastest turtle in each of the four age groups will receive a cash prize.

The age groups include: four and under; five to seven years-old; eight to 12 years-old; and 13 year-old and older.

Participants in the turtle race may want to dress their turtle’s shell up for the “Design A Shell” contest. The best decorated shell will earn a prize. To participate in the “Design A Shell” contest, you must participate in the turtle race.

The decoration rules for the Design A Shell contest are: Contestants must specify they want to participate in the design contest at the time of registry. 2. Age brackets will be the same as the race. 3. Contestants will be judged on creativity and appearance of design. 4. Awards will be given for top competitors. 5. Designs must be on the shell only. 6. No decorations can be harmful to the turtle.

Also, Turtle Trot t-shirts will be available for $10 each.

Following the turtle trot the Iowa Park Hawk Band will start the entertainment and vendors will open their booths at 9 a.m. The event will conclude at 2 p.m., in plenty of time for visitors and vendors to rest-up before the Hawk football game kicks off at 7 p.m. at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls.

Iowa Park High School Band - 9:45
Top of Texas Cheerleaders - 10:30
Iowa Park Top of Texas Pep Squad - 10:45
Iowa Park High School Choir - 11
Devine Calling (Christian/Rock Band) 11:30
Brick House Entertainment will be playing music though out the day.