Denice Leonard starts the countdown on social networks.
Wednesday marks five days until the traditional Fountain Horse Pull in Fountain returns.
“The banners are unfurled and we anticipate what we think will be excellent weather,” said Leonard, who serves on the festival committee and is president of the Fountain Area Chamber of Commerce. “We had a great response.”
The Fountain Horse Pull and the litany of activities surrounding the small town’s old-fashioned festival return after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The horse draw was traditionally on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, and this year it will be on Sunday.
Shooters from across the state and from other states are expected to be there, but the number won’t be known until Sunday. Organizers are working to raise money to help cover the cost of gasoline used to bring the horse teams to Fountain, and that fund is growing well too, Leonard said.
The excitement of pulling the horses also attracted volunteers, she said.
“It’s going to be great. The weather is going to be great,” she said. “We have so many people who have volunteered. We’re all excited for this.
Leonard said organizers received plenty of baked goods for the bake sale, and Dewayne Leonard promised to bake his mother Pat’s coffee cakes.
“He makes them in honor of his mother,” Denice Leonard said.
A horseshoe tournament is scheduled to begin around 10 a.m. Sunday. Live music is scheduled to begin at noon by Rodney Beyer and Al Villadsen. Some artisans will have their wares for sale and there will be food available. The Fountain Area Fire Department sells bratwurst and popcorn will be available for purchase at Leta’s Kettle Popcorn Stand.
Not everything is scheduled for Sunday either. A cornhole tournament is also scheduled for Saturday in Fountain.
Leonard could hardly contain his excitement as he talked about the return of the sweater late Monday night. And she thinks that the weekend, it will show with the return of the horse.
“They’re all excited,” she said of the response she received. “It’s local. It is a small city. It is towards the beginning of summer. Horse pulling and Memorial Day weekend kick off daylight saving time in Fountain and the surrounding lake areas.