31st Yippee! will include new and traditional events

By Kay Johnson

  As Prairie County Chamber of Commerce businesses and organizations prepare for the 31st annual town-wide Terry Yippee! celebration, most would agree that the 100th celebration honoring Terry Schools’ dedication to graduating classes will be the biggest draw this year. Both are taking place the last weekend in July.

“It’s our main focus,” Chamber President Dale Galland said. “There’s a lot of people coming back for that.”
Terry Schools will be hosting two tours through the school’s facilities Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28 each at 5 p.m. The school visits will give alumni an opportunity to reminisce on former school days and others interested in viewing the school grounds a chance to see the campus firsthand. 
A 100th Terry Schools celebration ceremony is also being planned and will be held at Murn Park Saturday, July 28 beginning at 12:30 p.m. Terry Schools Superintendent Casey Klasna and school board chairman Brian Morast are expected to speak. Cake and refreshments will be served to those attending. Music will be provided by Bob Lindvig. Various vendors will also be available.
The Yippee!’s day of events will kickoff Saturday with a traditional favorite the annual event hasn’t included in recent years – the Terry Yippee! Run. Organized by the school’s track coach, Leann Lantis, the run event will include 10k and 5k routes. Registration begins at 7 a.m. at the Stockman Bank parking lot. 

Lantis emphasized that this event isn’t just for runners. “We’re really encouraging walkers to join too,” she said. 
Those registering to walk or run either the 5k or 10k routes will receive a four-color t-shirt designed by Amber Brubaker-Murr along with goodie bags filled with items from local chamber businesses. Early and same day registration is $20. Light refreshments will be offered to participants and prize drawings will take place shortly afterwards.
The Evelyn Cameron Heritage will be offering coffee and cinnamon rolls with a free-will donation to those watching the run event. The group will also be offering Polish dogs, hamburgers and hot dogs Saturday afternoon in the park, with a free-will donation. 
New this year will be a team basketball free throw event held at the school blacktop beginning at 9 a.m. Each team will consist of three people with a combined age totaling at least 100 years. Prizes will be awarded to the top teams. For more information on the event call Les Thomason at 635-5535.
Registration for the seventh annual Cornhole Tournament will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Murn Park. 
Sponsored by Prairie Community Hospital Foundation, the lawn game event is played with teams of two taking turns as they pitch cornhole bags, filled with feed corn, at raised wooden platforms. A corn bag tossed into the hole of the raised platform scores 3 points, while one landing on the platform scores 1 point. Play continues between the two competing teams until one team reaches a score of 21.
Other Yippee! activities taking place on Saturday will include a Lemons and Leftovers downtown sidewalk sale, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. along with a day-long opportunity to walk the Prairie Historical Trail … along the Yellowstone Trail. Those visiting downtown Terry will see business displays honoring each decade of education at Terry Schools.
“It’ll be worth coming downtown to see,” Galland said of the window displays. “There will be different window displays for each decade.”
The Prairie Historical Trail … along the Yellowstone Trail is a registered Volkswalk that begins and ends at the historic Kempton Hotel in downtown Terry, taking walkers along community highlights. Gold colored metal pineapples have been placed along the walk to designate featured locations. Walkers can choose between a three- or six-mile trek. 
The Prairie County Museum and Cameron Gallery will be open to the public during TerrYYippee! from 1 p.m  to 4 p.m.
The Prairie County Motorcycle Association will host a motocross event at the fairgrounds with the main event beginning at 3 p.m. 
Square dancing lessons and square dancing will be offered from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. downtown. 
The day’s events will conclude with a downtown street dance performance by the Liquidators from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Published July 18, 2012

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