The annual September celebration known as Old SOD Day is being held this coming weekend in Belview. The community festivities are sponsored by the Belview Preservation Commission and the Belview Booster Club.

The action starts Friday night (Sept. 14) when a bean bag tournament is being held starting at 7 p.m. The event is limited to the first 32 teams that register. 

The majority of the events for the weekend that celebrates the community’s school, Odeon Hall and depot are being held Saturday (Sept. 15).

What follows is a list of those events:

• The day kicks off at 8:30 a.m. when registration begins for the Heart of the Prairie 5K and 8K run and walk event. The races are set to begin at 10 a.m.

• The 24th annual Show and Shine starts at 10 a.m. and continues until 4 p.m. The car, motorcycle and other vehicle show is open to everyone. If it has wheels, bring it.

• The craft and vendor fair opens at 10 a.m. and continues until 4 p.m.

• A classic tractor show is being held at the depot museum grounds from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

• A vintage dolls display will be held in the Cenex Electric Building from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

• A men’s softball tournament will be held throughout the weekend.

• The annual Rolling Prairie Country Music Show will be presented in the Odeon Hall at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Admission is $5, with children under 12 getting in for $3.

• Kids activities will be offered in the Sander Building from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Kids can also enjoy a train ride during the day.

• Speeder cars will be coming to town Saturday morning on the rail line. They are scheduled to arrive around 9:50 a.m. and will stay to visit and answer questions until 11 a.m.

There will be plenty of food available in town for Old SOD Day, as well, including:

• Coffee and rolls at the Belview Legion by the Auxiliary from 8:30-10 a.m. Saturday.

• A pancake breakfast served by the Roadhouse Bar and Grill Sunday at the Odeon Hall from 8:30 a.m. until 12 p.m.

• Food stands will also be offered by the Belview Legion and Auxiliary, the Belview Bar and Grill and R&D Concessions.

• The depot grounds will also feature chain saw art demonstrations by Joe Moudry.

• Saturday culminates with the grand parade at 4:30 p.m.

A new event in conjunction with the weekend celebration is the first Cruise’ For a Cure car and motorcycle cruise Sunday at Belview Bar and Grill. Registration starts at 11:30 a.m., with a mystery run starting at 1 p.m. A suggested donation of $10 is being requested, with funds from the event used for the Belview Emergency Fund and Relay For Life.

Proceeds from Old SOD Day are used for community preservation projects and community events.

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