People need to sign up soon to compete in Akron Summer Detour events

Posted June 13, 2013 at 5:00 am

By Julie Ann Madden

Don’t forget to sign up for the fun and exciting things the Akron Summer Detour Committee has planned for the next two months.

For more information, call the Akron Summer Detour coordinators Nikki Jurgensen, 712-904-9609; Jessica Minor, 712-551-6950; or Dawn Parks, 712-568-6767.

To get entry forms, visit the event’s website: or email Entry forms are also available at the Akron City Hall.

Entry forms with registration fees can be mailed to Akron Summer Detour, c/o Nicole Jurgensen, PO Box 144, Akron, IA 51001 or given to one of the coordinators.

Softball Tournament

Sign up to participate in the First Annual Akron Summer Detour Coed Softball Tournament, which will be held June 28 – 29 at Lefty Swift Ball Field in Akron.

This event is a competitive slow-pitch softball tournament and is for adults age 18 by June 28 or older.

Teams consist of a minimum of 12 players and a maximum of 13 players. Each team of 12 must have a minimum of four women and teams of 13 players must have a minimum of five players. One member is designated as the team’s captain.

Games begin at 5:30 p.m., Friday, June 28 and again at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 29. The winners will receive cash prizes.

Deadline to sign up is Thursday, June 13.

Any softball tournament questions, call Matt Minor at 712-540-4594, Luke Jurgensen at 712-470-7500; or Nikki Jurgensen at 712-904-9609.

This tournament is a fundraiser for the main Akron Summer Detour weekend of events.

Rubber Duck Derby

The committee is also hosting a Farmer’s Market meal on Wednesday, July 10 to raise funds for the event.

After the meal, they are hosting a Rubber Duck Derby at the Akron Swimming Pool.

Ducks can be purchased for $5 a duck, or a family of 5 for $20. Just contact a coordinator or purchase ducks at the Farmer’s Market. Duck owners do not have to be present to win. The winner will get 15 percent of what was made on the sales of the ducks.

Furthermore, that evening there will also be a 50/50 raffle with tickets $1 each.

Princess & Prince Contest

There is still time to sign up Prince & Princess Contest as the contestant sign up deadline has been extended.

Any Akron or Westfield boy or girl between the ages of five and eight is eligible to participate in the first-ever Akron Summer Detour Prince & Princess Contest.

Children’s age is defined as who turn age 5 and are not over age 8 before May 31 may participate. Contestants must provide a copy of their birth certificate to enter.

Contestants are asked to color a coloring page and submit it with a questionnaire filled with questions such as What do you like best about Akron? What is something special that you like to do with your family and friends? What do you want to do when you grow up? And several questions deal with the child’s favorites: color, food, place to eat, flavor of ice cream, part of summer, movie, activities, hobbies and sports.

Contestants will make a presentation and answer questions at the coronation ceremony, which will be 7 p.m., Friday, July 19 on Third Street in Akron.

In addition, other rules include parents and contestants have patience and be polite with all others, contestants wear no gawdy makeup and the contestants are not to be coached while on stage. Contestants need to be available to participate in various Akron Summer Detour activities including the tricycle races, bed races and next year’s Prince & Princess Contest.

Contestants are not eligible to participate in the next year’s contest.

Tricycle Obstacle Contest

This is a free event Saturday, July 20, for children and each participant will get a prize.

Variety Show

Sign up to participate in the event’s Friday, July 19, Variety Show which will be held in downtown Akron.

Anyone interested is encouraged to sign up by calling one of the coordinators. Any family-friendly talent, whether it be dancing, singing, juggling, lip syncs or something else is welcome.

Sand Volleyball Tourney

Each coed team will have eight players and must consist of at least two of each gender because each team will have six players on the court at a time and has to have at least two of each gender on the court during the game.

There will be two team categories: junior teams of high school age only and adult teams of age 18 or older.

Both Junior and Adult teams begin playing at 2 p.m., Friday, July 19 and again at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 20.

Registration deadline is July 8.

Bed Races

Have you designed your team’s bed for the bed races? If not, it’s a good time to start.

Beds must measure 3’ x 6’ but no more than 6’ x 6’ — handles included. They must be designed with four functional wheels making contact with the road surface at all times. Each bed must have a mattress and sheet that fits the bed and pillow with pillowcase.

Teams’ themes and costumes must be tasteful. Racing teams consist of one rider and four runners/pushers. Racers must be 18 years of age or older to participate. Those under age 18 must have parental permission slips signed.

There are three race categories for teams to compete: Businesses, Organizations and Open. Plus, it’s just not racing in a bed down the street at least 1.5 blocks.

Teams will receive points for “Feed the Cow,” which is tossing balloons into a cow’s mouth (bucket); “Cornhole Toss,” (throwing corn-filled bags into a hole on the cornhole board); maneuvering around cones, rounding the cone to come back; switching teammates riding on the bed; how well the team makes their bed; and stopping safely at the finish line.

Awards will be given for the fastest team; Golden Spirit Award for Best Bed Design; and Broken Spring Award (the What Were You Thinking Award).

Lawn Mower

Obstacle Races

There are two categories for the Lawn Mower Obstacle Races: stock regular riding lawn mowers and zero turn stock lawn mowers.

Winners will receive a trophy for first place and medals for second and third.

The registration deadline is July 5.

5K Run/Walk

Begin planning to compete in the 5K Run/Walk, which is sponsored by Britton Chiropractic & Rehab Clinic. Awards will be presented to winners in each age category.

Register at 7 a.m., July 20 at Britton’s, 351 Hwy 12 in Akron. Race begins at 7:30 a.m.

Ongoing Fundraisers

Proceeds from the committee’s “FundingFactory® Recyling Program go toward the cost of the weekend activities.

Akron Summer Detour coordinators are requesting people donate their empty printer cartridges, toners, cell phones, small electronics, laptops, camera and mp3 players to the Akron Summer Detour Team. They will recycle them through the FundingFactory® Recycling Program.

People are asked to drop off the items listed above at the Akron-Westfield Community School or place them in a FundingFactory® Recycling Program drop box, which can be found around town. Items can also be given to one of the Akron Summer Detour Team coordinators.

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