Chris and Michelle Rasmussen of Storm Lake were introduced this week as the co-commodores of this year's Star Spangled Spectacular celebration - to be themed, "Home Spectacular Home." Commodores Bruce and Jill Engelmann made the announcements Monday at a planning meeting.
"It's a honor to be asked," says Chris, who was born and raised in the area and now heads Rasmussen Ford. He and his wife are looking forward to being able to give back to the community through the event.
Chris says he remembers attending Spectacular events as a child and now enjoys taking his own daughter Riley, 7, to the event. He said he wants to help continue the tradition of a quality, family-oriented Independence Day event in Storm Lake.
The search is still underway for a parade marshal.
Committee member Bruce Kurtz says in addition to musical entertainment he has also been toying around with the possibility of including a local talent show into the entertainment mix this year.
Ron Stevenson said in addition to the cardboard boat races he has been brainstorming some possible activities that could include a jalepeno pepper eating contest or pickle eating contest and maybe a 'best pie,' showdown.
The fireworks show is back this year, however, due to increasing costs of fireworks and insurance, Orren Knoffloch says the show will probably only last about 20 minutes.
Tom Meier announced that the City of Storm Lake was planning to purchase a stage in time for the Spectacular. It could be set up on the Great Lawn for additional entertainment. Meier says he anticipates the stage will be large enough to accomodate 'Celebration Iowa,' who will be returning to entertain the crowd again this year.
Troy and Grace Ivey are this year's coordinators for the Ride/Race event. Entry forms are already available and can be downloaded at www.stormlakechamber.com (click on the attractions link on the left of the web page, then the specacular link on the top of the page and finally the ride/run link.) Forms can also be picked up at the chamber office. The event is limited to 100 teams and as of Monday there were already 10 teams signed up. The couple anticipates the event filling up fast since it takes place on a Saturday.