Wapsi Day Celebration-Riceville
posted on Monday, August 7, 2017
We hit the road and headed north towards one of our favorite cities in the state… Riceville!
“This is an awesome community that’s very close-knit, but also welcomes new people with open arms,” said Chawn McGrath, a Finishing Supervisor for Iowa Select Farms that recently relocated to the town. “I’m not from the Midwest but celebrations like this are what make it such a great place to live. Friendly people all coming together to have fun and support the community where they work and live.”
Held the first weekend of every August, festivities for Wapsi Days kicked off yesterday with a city-wide rummage sale, bean bag tournament and live music in the park. The fun continued bright and early again this morning with softball games, a car show, water volleyball tournament, farmer’s market, pedal tractor pull, treasure hunt, inflatables, bike rides and much more!
“There’s something for everyone to do no matter their age,” said Aaron Perry, Sow 27 Farm Manager and local Riceville resident. “We pack as much fun as possible into one weekend and it seems to be getting better every year. It’s great to live in a community where everyone is so willing to give back and get involved.”
And speaking of involved, many of our employees had a direct hand in organizing today’s activities. Whether it was staffing a food stand, participating in one of the sporting tournaments or staying alert for the local volunteer fire department – we’re so proud of all of our employees and contractors who dedicate so much of their time and effort to make Riceville a better place.
Hats off to all of the volunteers who worked hard to organize such a tremendous event. The fun continues tonight with live music, delicious food, cold beverages and a street dance and will wrap up tomorrow with a softball tournament and pie day. If you’re in the area, there is still plenty of fun to be had and we hope you’ll consider stopping by Wapsi Days.
Thanks for a fun time, Riceville!
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Ashley Dyer Heads Hooper Sow Farm Farrowing Department
As the farrowing department head, Ashley and her team of Selene, Vivian, Dolly, David, Zory, Hugo, Alonzo and Yulissa—to name a few—will receive the gestating sows within a day or two of farrowing, make them comfortable, monitor health and feed intake, and then assist with birthing.