Old-time baseball, beard contest and parade; 'brother could you spare an ox?'
Sioux Rapids, the oldest town in Buena Vista County and one of the oldest in northwest Iowa, will celebrate its long-awaited Sesquicentennial July 29-31, 2005.
If early preparations are any indication, it should prove to be an enormous celebration. A lot of the preparation is already ahead of schedule, with two fund-raising efforts well underway. An afghan depicting Sioux Rapids' 150 years and a hardcover town history are both being sold to boost the event.
Parade Chair Oscar Sundblad has the honor and formidable responsibility of ramrodding the parade. That should prove quite a task, since local leaders feel Sioux Rapids' parade could easily top 300. Anyone who is interested in having an old car, float, team of horses, or other entry in the parade should call Sundblad at 712-283-2196. There is a particular need for a team of oxen since that was the staple of transportation at Sioux Rapids' founding.
Events kick off Friday, July 29 with a sweet corn feed at the Legion Hall and downtown tent. A style show, pageant, and beard contest will follow at the Historical Society Theater. A teen dance will be held, and The Senders have been booked for a street dance downtown.
Saturday will add a 5K run, community breakfast, flea market, parade, lunch in the tent downtown, tour of homes and gardens, kids games in the park, mud volleyball, and a bridge tournament. An old-time baseball game against Peterson will be held at the ball park at 3 p.m. There will be a tug of war over a mud pit followed by an evening meal and a street dance with The Rumbles.
Sunday offers a community breakfast, church service, all-school reunion, and river float/scavenger hunt.
The Sesquicentennial Committee needs volunteers, and locations for the information booth and antique tractor display. The committee is still looking for a carnival company.
Help is needed to help set up the tent, for a clean-up crew and street washers.
The committee is still looking for ideas for entertainment for senior citizens. A sponsor is being sought for a Kiwanis ferris wheel at a cost of $1,000 for three days. There is also need for a sponsor for the fireworks display Saturday night.
Avis Yungbluth of the Sioux Rapids History Society said pictures are sought of early community members and landmarks to be placed on CD. Those with photos may contact her at 283-2165.
Copies of the Sioux Rapids Sesquicentennial history are available for $52.50 and the sesquicentennial afghan is available for $45 at City Hall, First State Bank, or the Spider Webb in Sioux Rapids.