Bed races, live music and sense of community among the draws for Donia Day

Published: Aug 19, 2019 8:50:48 AM
Topics: Community, News

Preparations continue as the people of Macedonia get ready for this year’s Donia Day celebration.

Festivities will run from morning until well into the night on Saturday, Aug. 24.

"It’s a great time of year,” said Kathy Noble, a member of the Donia Day organizing team. About 300 people attend each year.

This year’s highlights feature the yearly parade, which will begin at 10 a.m. this year. Noble said the parade would be more robust this time around, with more entries, including the Omaha Pipe and Drum Corpe and motorcycle riders in the Deputy Mark Burbridge Memorial Poker Run. Make sure to look for TS Bank in the parade.

What’s new this year?

The hot dog eating contest for adults and bubblegum bubble blowing contest for kids, Noble said. The DeWitt Community Building will offer a cool place to eat pie and ice cream as well.

Donia Day is famous for its bed races. They’ll begin at 11 a.m. Noble said the racers are made up of frames with a mattress on top, on wheels. Teams work to move their bed the fasts, with four members pushing and another on top. Competitors will race down Main Street, complete a task at a stopping point and race back to the finish line.

“The bed races are fun to watch and I’m sure they’re fun to participate in,” Noble said, noting she hasn’t done the event before, noting with a chuckle: “No, but I’ve laughed while I’ve watched other people do.”

There will be live music throughout the day, with the first band taking the stage behind the Back Forty restaurant on Main Street at 11 a.m. and the final band finishing their set around 1 a.m.

TS Bank will be handing out treats from 10 a.m. to noon. Stop by and see Vicky Putnam to say “hello” and grab something sweet.

There will be a cornhole tournament, kickball tournament, dunk tank and other fun activities in the afternoon.

“I think there are several reasons people love Donia Day. Some people love being among the community, some people come home to see old friends, family,” she said. “It’s just a real small-town kind of festival atmosphere. It just makes for a relaxing and fun day.”

Here’s a look at the full schedule of events:

7 to 9:30 a.m. – Macedonia Volunteer Fire Department breakfast at DeWitt Community Building

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Craft Fair at City Hall

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Flea market at Tibbles Station; Pioneer Trail and Stempel Bird museums open for viewing; Silent auction at Pioneer Trail museum

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Deputy Mark Burbridge Memorial Poker Run

10 a.m. – Donia Day parade

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Food vendors on Potter and Main Streets

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Folk Art festival at Macedonia Gazebo Park

11 to 11:30 a.m. – Chalk art for kids on Main Street

11 a.m. to noon – Bed races

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Garden and flower show at United Methodist Church

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Classic car show on Main and Dye Streets

Noon to 1 p.m. – Hot dog eating and Bubblegum contests on Main Street

Noon to 4 p.m. – Dessert at the DeWitt Community Building

1 to 8 p.m. – Bounce houses behind the Back Forty on Main Street

1 to 4 p.m. – Face painting on Main Street; dunk tank on Potter Street; cow bingo; gyrosphere behind the Back Forty; kickball tournament at the grandstand ball field

4 p.m. – Cornhole tournament on Main Street

Live Music:

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – John Scherle Band

3 to 6 p.m. – Off the Cuff

7 to 10 p.m. – Anthony Koester Band

10:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. – Tyler Folkerts and the Double Barrell Band

TS Bank is proud to support Donia Day this year, with a $750 sponsorship going toward the inflatables for kids.

About TS Bank: TS Bank’s mission is to Ignite Prosperity® in the communities it serves. Leading the resurgence of community banking, TS Bank reinvests 10 percent of their net income locally; hosting educational events and partners with local organizations and non-profits. Treynor State Bank was chartered in 1923 and branded to TS Bank in 2005. TS Bank has $375 million in assets, along with the largest Iowa state-chartered C-Corp trust department west of Des Moines at nearly $245 million in assets named TS Prosperity Group. Branch locations include Treynor, Macedonia, Atlantic, Corning and Council Bluffs, Iowa. For more information visit

Written by Mike Brownlee