3 days of events set for Sioux Rapids Sesquicentennial

Thursday, April 28, 2005

150th birthday party shapes up with loads of music, mud, a floating scavenger hunt and a history pageant

The Sioux Rapids Sesquicentennial Schedule of Events has become a reality. The day's events are now available in a listing that the public may obtain at First State Bank in Sioux Rapids, City Hall and various businesses around Sioux Rapids.

The event will mark the 150th birthday of Sioux Rapids and is set to happen this summer, July 29, 30, and 31. The Sesquicentennial Committee has been working for several years planning the events that will take place on that weekend. Many class reunions and family reunions are being planned in the city.

Here is the line-up:

Friday, July 29

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Historical Museum open

5 p.m. Flea market begins in City park

7 p.m. Opening comments, pageant in the tent

9 p.m. - 1 a.m. Street Dance with Denny Storey Band

Saturday, July 30

8 a.m. Flea market opens in City Park

8 a.m. Community breakfast at the Fire Station by Sioux Rapids ambulance

8 a.m. Lineup begins for the parade on 8th Street

9 a.m. Antique Tractor Show near Highway 71

9 a.m. Slow Pitch tournament in the park

10 a.m. Sesquicentennial Parade begins

12 noon - Lunch at the Legion by the Masons

1-5 p.m. Historical Museum opens

1 p.m. Tour of homes and gardens in Sioux Rapids

1 p.m. River float scavenger hunt from Kindlespire to Sioux Rapids

2 p.m. Free show by the Touch of Broadway group from the Buena Vista Community Theater, at the SR Historical Theatre

2-4 p.m. Alumni Open House at Legion Hall

5 p.m. Tug of War over mud volleyball tent

5-7 p.m. Catered meal in the tent on Main

9 p.m. - 1 a.m. Street Dance with The Rumbles

10 p.m. Fireworks

Sunday, July 31

8 a.m. Flea market opens in City Park

8-10 a.m. Community breakfast at the Lutheran Church

10 a.m. Church service under the tent, featuring Rita Schau

12 noon - All school reunion at Sioux Central School

1 p.m. Mud Volleyball west of City Park

The Saturday street dance is expected to draw a large crowd. For over 30 years, The Rumbles have been a top attraction in the Nebraska/ Iowa area. Throughout all those years they have played to thousands of ballrooms, town halls, street dances, nightclubs, and high school gyms. In 2001, The Rumbles were named to the Iowa RockNRoll Hall of Fame.

In the early days they released several singles and recordings including the 1968 hit "Jezebel" which reached #1 in some markets. Today, The Rumbles still cater to all ages playing top 40 hits from the '60's through the '90's. They have opened such major events as Sioux City Rivercade, and performed with the likes of The Turtles, The Beach Boys and The Doobie Brothers.