Guide for Planning Your Fun Days Trip

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13 Jun 2022


The summer season is almost upon us! With the summer coming up, Upton Fun Days is rapidly approaching. The annual celebration makes its return to Upton July 15-17, 2022, with three days filled with fun and memories for the whole family. The Upton Chamber of Commerce has worked diligently to plan the event for all, so in addition to their hard work, here’s our guide for planning your 2022 Fun Days Trip.

Where to Stay

If you are looking for a place to stay for this year’s Fun Day’s celebration, look no further than the options in Upton.

  • Goose Landing
    • Family-owned and run campground that offers full hookups for RV’s, campers, and has cabins available for the entire family. This campground has five cabins, 12 RV hookups and plenty of tent space available. Another option for the family is
  • Phanie’s on 4th
    • Three-bedroom Airbnb option. The newly remodeled house gives you a taste at residential life in Upton.

Where to Eat

During your Fun Day’s trip, check out the many options for food available in the community.

  • Remy’s Diner – Little place with great big taste! Good home cooking for breakfast, lunch and dinner that you can’t find anywhere else.
  • Joe’s Food Center – Get all your hot deli needs! From the classic “Joe’s Pizza” to fried chicken and hot deli items, Joe’s has everything you might need!
  • Cup of Joe Coffee Shop now open inside Joe’s Food Center
  • Irontown Tavern – Newly renovated dinner house specializing in burgers, brats and everything Upton
  • Sunset Amigos – Enjoy the Upton social life with drinks and bar food
  • The Cowboy Bar – Come get a taste of Upton’s oldest bar, with burgers available too!
  • Upton CO-OP – Newly built convenience store with more drink options, roller food, snacks and Godfathers Pizza to go!
  • Arrow Service & Gas – Stop into Arrow Service and Gas for a variety of drinks, snacks, roller food or Arrow’s freshly made popcorn.

What to Expect

Class Reunions

Each year, Upton Fun Days welcomes Upton alumni back to town to celebrate their class reunions. A tradition in Upton, alumni reunite with their old classmates to celebrate the anniversary of their graduation from Upton High School. This year, you can expect anywhere from a 10-year class reunion to a 60-year class reunion.


A tradition during Upton Fun Days is the annual parade, where businesses, organizations and community members join in celebrating the accomplishments of Upton. During the parade, the Upton Chamber of Commerce announces the Upton Citizen of the Year. This award is given to a resident in Upton that has made a lasting impact in the community, either past or present, to better the quality of life for all. Last year’s recipient was Sandy Hart, founder of Little Safari Daycare in Upton.

Free Barbeque

The climax of Upton Fun Days takes place at the Upton City Park, where everyone gathers in the late afternoon for a barbeque. Prepared by Joe’s Food Center and volunteers, the Upton Chamber of Commerce hosts a free barbeque for everybody in Upton for Fun Days. With enough food to feed 500+ people, this is not something you want to miss!

Joe Haynes Memorial Golf Tournament

Every year since 1997 the Cedar Pines Golf Course has hosted the Joe Haynes Memorial Golf Tournament in Upton. Haynes was an instrumental figure for developing and opening the golf course, and put in countless hours to help the course run, all while owning and operating Joe’s Food Center. After his death in 1996, Cedar Pines has hosted the tournament to honor his dedication to Cedar Pines, Joe’s Food Center and the town of Upton. 

Downtown Activities

Over the past couple of years, we have been fortunate to see a rejuvenate of evening activities downtown, with the Irontown Tavern hosting a street dance and concert for individuals and families. Upton is familiar with hosting concerts, as the community welcomed Black Hawk for the centennial event in 2009, and has worked to bring back concerts and street dances to the Fun Days lineup the past few years.

With so many things to expect for Fun Days 2022, this is a weekend that you will not want to miss! Be on the lookout for the official 2022 Fun Days Schedule from the Weston County Gazette so you can begin planning your trip to Upton this July.