Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

January 27, 2014

Pleasantville Sno*Ball Festival is this weekend

Steve Woodhouse

Pleasantville — Pleasantville High School will crown its Sno*Ball King and Queen at Friday's boys' basketball game. The Pleasantville Chamber of Commerce, for the fifth year, will continue the Sno*Ball celebration on Saturday with a day full of activities. 

The king and queen will be crowned during halftime of the boys' game against Lenox. The games begin with the girls at 6:15 p.m. 

Events for the Chamber's Sno*Ball include a chili cook-off and a performance by Knoxville hypnotists, sisters Bonnie and Jenny Slykhuis. Their act is known as “Hypno-Sis.” 

Every year, it keeps getting bigger,” Pleasantville Chamber of Commerce Director Don Dursky said of the Sno*Ball. 

The chili cook-off is modeled after one of Pleasantville's biggest annual events, the Pig Out. The competition is expected to be fun, with the police and fire departments each having an entry, as well as a husband vs. wife entered into the contest. 

Dursky is hopeful that the Sno*Ball will be as significant for the community as the Fourth of July Celebration and the Pig Out. Long-term, Durksy's goals with the Chamber is to coordinate among different groups in the community to grow the Sno*Ball.

“I think with more coordination, we could do better with the Sno*Ball,” Dursky said. 

Learn more about Dursky in an article in the Jan. 31 print edition. The schedule for the Chamber's Sno*Ball festival is below: 

Pleasantville Sno*Ball Festival 
February 1, 2014 
    9:00 a.m. - Dodgeball
        Kindergarten through 8th grade
        Location: Pleasantville High School Gym
        Cost: $40/team
        Download the registration form from  Registrations due by January 29th.
        (Sponsored by the Prom/After Prom Committee)
    9:00 a.m. until Noon - Sno*Ball at the Pleasantville Senior Center Open House
        Activities: Warm up with a hot game of Bingo, cards, and/or pool!
        Coffee, Hot Chocolate, and Doughnuts will be provided
        Location: Pleasantville Senior Center - 116 E. Monroe St. (515) 848-3538
        Cost: Free / No registration necessary
        (Sponsored by the Pleasantville Senior Center)
    10:00 a.m. - Slip-n-Slide
        Packet pick-up begins at 9:00 a.m. at Smokey Row, Pleasantville
        Cost: $30 ($20 if paid by January 11)
        Download the registration form  from
        For more information, e-mail Deb Cook at
        (Sponsored by Pleasantville High School Spanish & Science Clubs)
    11:00 a.m. - Dodgeball
        High School/Adult Teams
        Location: Pleasantville High School Gym
        Cost: $40/team
        Download the registration form  from  Registrations due by January 29th.
        (Sponsored by Prom/After Prom Committee)
    4:00 - 6:30 p.m. - Chili Cook-off
        Location: Memorial Hall, downtown Pleasantville
        Cost: $5 at the door includes judging and all-you-can-eat
        If you would like to enter the chili cook-off, please contact Don Dursky at
        (Sponsored by the Pleasantville Chamber of Commerce)
    7:00 p.m. - Hypno-Sis, a comedy hypnosis stage show
        Location: Memorial Hall, downtown Pleasantville
        Cost: $10/person at the door
        For more information, contact Don Dursky at
        (Sponsored by Pleasantville Chamber and Prom/After-Prom Committee)
    8:30 p.m. - Trivia Night
        Location: Memorial Hall, downtown Pleasantville
        Cost: $100/team of 10 people
        Must be 21 to attend
        Prize awarded to 1st place team
        Download the registration form or register online at
        (Sponsored by Pleasantville Chamber of Commerce)