Serving Beebeetown, Minden, Neola, Persia, and Surrounding Area in SW Iowa Since 1962 -- Member of the Western Iowa Conference -- The 40 acre campus is located near I-80 and I-680 interchange between rolling hills of bean and corn fields in SW IA,
Neola's Hoo Doo Day - Annual Hoo Doo Day Celebration
The celebrations and festivals were often big affairs in Neola. Fooferaw was one of the names, but the one that has been around for three decades is Hoo Doo Days. It originated on Friday the thirteenth in September of 1945 to welcome home area service men returning from World War II.
Through the years carnivals, parades, baseball games, food stands, flower and agriculture displays dominated the day. The Hoo Doo Days Celebration changed to Labor Day and also came the addition of a tractor pull, car show, and a barbecue cookoff.
In 1957 united efforts of country and city folks decided to make Hoo Doo a fundraising event to sponsor projects for the whole community.
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Funds from Hoo Doo since have bought land for the ballpark and the swimming pool, financed a Medical Clinic for the town, built a lookout shelter in Arrowhead Park, helped pay on ambulances, put lights in the ballpark, sponsor little league baseball, built a new Hoo Doo building that housed some of the fire fighting equipment, and built a new community center. Many other funding projects from Hoo Doo Days have helped the community grow.