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Klutes picked as grand marshals for Booster Days parade PDF E-mail

Hampton will celebrate its neighborly tradition this weekend with a Booster Days celebration packed full of activities for all ages.

When Hampton Community Club members sat down to decide on this year’s theme, they kept coming back to the town’s rural, friendly feel.

"The theme is Hampton -- Great Friends, Great Neighbors," said Danielle Bamesberger, coordinator of this year’s event. "We were trying to reflect on how everybody is willing to go the extra mile and help each other. We want to show off our neighborliness."

The fun begins early Saturday morning, with activities scheduled through Sunday evening. One of the highlights, as always, will be the grand parade, which will be led this year by grand marshals Lavern and Doris Klute.

"We’ve had a long connection with the community and this is definitely an honor to be chosen," Laverne said. "We’ve lived here our whole lives and have been thoroughly blessed."

Both Laverne and Doris are Hampton natives. They were close friends in grade school, began dating in high school and this year will celebrate their 62nd wedding anniversary. The Klutes have five children, eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
They’ll be honored during the parade, which begins at 5 p.m. Sunday.

Many of the well-known events are back by popular demand, though Bamesberger said there are a few changes in the schedule.

"We’re doing a street dance instead of a dance at the auditorium," she noted. "It’s not new, but it’s different. We’re trying to show off the downtown and use that space a little bit better that way."

The Saturday street dance, which will feature the band Sweetwater, begins at 9 p.m.

The action begins early Saturday morning, with the second annual Hampton Booster Club 5K Fun Run. The race will begin at 8 a.m. at Hampton High School with a 1-mile Fun Walk to follow at approximately 9 a.m..

A free continental breakfast, sponsored by the United Lutheran Church, begins at 8 a.m. as well at the Fire Barn.

The always-popular co-ed mud volleyball tournament will begin at 9 a.m. at the ball field. Kids games begin at 10:30 a.m., also at the ball field.

At 11:30, a pedal tractor pull will begin, the same time the Hampton FFA burger feed and Hampton Homemakers ice cream social begin.

The Hampton Community Club Poker Run will begin at 1 p.m. at the town hall. Registration begins at noon. Participants will cover a 200-mile route to Strang, Deweese, Harvard, Sutton and back to Hampton. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Hampton Community Club. The grand prize winner will receive $150, with $50 for second and $25 for third.

Former Hawk graduates will be honored Saturday night at the alumni banquet, which begins at 6 p.m. at the auditorium. A steak feed, sponsored by the Hampton Community Club, is scheduled from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at The Yard. The Hampton Homemakers will host an ice cream social at the same time and place.

Stettner Trucking will call Bingo numbers from 7-10 p.m. at the Fire Barn.

Music will fill the air from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. as Sweetwater performs in a Main Street dance sponsored by the Hampton Community Club. Tickets are available in advance at Cornerstone Bank in Hampton, the Hampton C-Store and at Heritage Bank in Aurora. A beer garden will be hosted at The Yard from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Sunday, the activities begin with the Hampton Lutheran School pancake feed from 8:30-10 a.m. at the auditorium. A community church service is also scheduled at the auditorium, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

The Booster Days Bike-a-thon will begin at noon at the auditorium, the same time that 3-on-3 basketball will begin at the high school. Contact Joel Miller for more information on the basketball fundraiser.

One of the highlights of the annual event will be the Heritage Bank Grand Parade, set to begin at 5 p.m. on Sunday. Line-up will begin at 4 p.m.

Cornerstone Bank will host a free barbecue following the parade, at approximately 6 p.m. at the auditorium. The Hampton Homemakers ice cream social will run from 6:30-7:30.

Drawings from area businesses will begin at 6:30 p.m., and at 8 p.m. the Danish Oak egg drop will begin at the Village Hall.

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