The Belview Preservation Commission and the Belview Booster Club will be sponsoring the 40th annual Old SOD Day celebration Sept. 16.

The annual community event includes a variety activities throughout the day for young and old. Events actually get started Friday night (Sept. 15) with a bean bag tournament at 7 p.m.

Saturday’s action gets started in the morning. 

The Heart of the Prairie 5K and 8K is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. A 2K stroller walk is also available as part of the run and walk event.

The annual softball tournament gets started Saturday morning.

Activities for the kids are being held throughout the day, with inflatables available in the Sander building on Elevator Street from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Kiddie train rides are also being offered during the day Saturday.

A craft and flea market will be open with vendors indoors and outdoors from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Those with cars, trucks and motorcycles who want to show them off are encouraged to come for the Show and Shine display, which is from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

For the second year a classic tractor show is also being held at the depot museum also from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The popular Rolling Prairie Country Music show is holding two performances at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. at the Odeon Hall. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for those 12 and under.

A cow pie raffle is being held on Main Street with two events held between the hours of 2 and 4 p.m. Tickets for the raffle are currently on sale.

New this year is a vintage wedding dress display from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Cenex Electric building. The exhibit includes dresses and associated attire dating from the late 1800s through the 1950s.

The University of Minnesota Raptor Center will be offering a one-hour presentation, including three raptors, at the Belview Learning Center starting at 1 p.m.

The grand parade is set to start at 4:30 p.m.

A pancake breakfast is being served Sunday morning at the Odeon Hall. The hours are from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

There are plenty of food options also available during the day Saturday, with other activities also being held as part of the SOD Day celebration.

Old SOD Day was started by the preservation commission in 1978 for the sole purpose of restoring the Odeon Hall, the land office, depot, log cabin and Belview’s first schoolhouse. Three of these historic buildings are listed on the national historic register.

Proceeds from the weekend celebration are also used for community events in Belview, such as Santa Day, Easter, Halloween and other activities as well as community amenities.

Find out more about the celebration at www.belview.org or on the Belview Booster Club Facebook Page.

All are invited to visit Belview this coming weekend to celebrate Old SOD Day.