What the heck is an Orab? A homecoming game in Sheldon

Last Friday after work concluded, my oldest brother and I adventured on up to, as I like to put it, "God's County Northwest Iowa". We were there to visit our parents as well as celebrate some family birthdays and do some other work.

The Sheldon Orabs, my high school alma mater (class of 2004), were playing football against the Estherville-Lincoln-Central Midgets (yes, not a typo) in Sheldon as part of the homecoming festivities.

I am sure you are all wondering, "What the heck is an Orab"?

Well, it's an acronym representing two colors - orange and black.

ORange And Black = OR A B. We've made a few mascot "lists" in the past.

As it turns out, we were able to get to "Orab Field" in time to catch the half-time marching band show and the second half.

Even though I've been out of high school for over 13 years, it's still fun to get back to my old stomping grounds. I do not recognize as many people as I used to, but there are still plenty of familiar faces.

Sheldon is having an especially good football season this year and they managed to throttle the Midgets by a hefty margin.

Sheldon's marching band also has a rich tradition, but it seems to be a bit smaller this year, for whatever reason.

High school football has a strong following in Iowa. Everywhere you go throughout Iowa, big cities or small towns, you can usually find Iowans bundled up on a Friday night watching the local kids square off against a neighboring town.

Check out some photos of my homecoming visit to see the mighty Orabs in action.

"Orab Orange" soda for $2.00? Looks like they missed a chance to brand the $1.00 coffee as "Orab Black coffee".

As always, I welcome your suggestions of places to visit and profile whether in O'Brien County or any of the other 98 counties in Iowa. If you have a good idea or would like to host the Iowa Adventurer, please drop me a note through this site.