Medieval festival, car show & crafts Labor Day
The Storm Lake Labor Day celebration is being planned for Saturday, September 1, and Sunday, September 2, in Chautauqua Park.
This year, three local organizations are combining their efforts to provide a large car show, medieval festival, entertainment, food booths and more.
For the first time, the chamber of commerce, Hy-Noon Kiwanis Club and Storm Lake Arts Council will be hosting the holiday events.
The Medieval Festival will be held at the east end of the park with demonstrations of the old world renaissance arts both days. Guests include the historical re-creation clan from West Bend/Emmetsburg Shire of Loch, Meadhonach, and Kingdom of Calontir programs, under the sponsorship of the Storm Lake Arts Council. They will demonstrate such arts as molding pewter, bead making and weaving with sheep's wool. There will be Bardic circle singing and story telling, displays and items for sale.
The "Show and Shine" Car Show comes to Chautauqua Park Sunday from noon-2 p.m., with the Kiwanians hosting as classic, antique and hot rods competing for trophies.
"There will be classic cars displayed right by the lake in the shade of the park trees, with old time rock and roll music for everyone to enjoy," says event chairperson Chad Halder. Admission is $3 for adults, and children under 10 are free with a paid adult. Sponsors for the car show include Rasmussen Ford/Mercury, Fitzpatrick Auto Center, Bob's Garage and Auto Sales, and Exhuast Pros. For more information on the show, contact Halder at 732-5440.
A craft fair, food booths and various forms of entertainment will be found throughout the park to round out the holiday events, as part of the Storm Lake Chamber of Commerce Santa's Castle Committee efforts to raise funds for a project to make the Castle accessible to the disabled. Shoppers will find craft booths both inside and outside the shelter house. Music, Universal Kenpo Karate, Mexican Dancers, Runaway Saws chainsaw carving, children's gymnastics and the Sky High Bounce children's inflatable playground will be there.
"With the combined efforts of these three groups there will be something for every member of the family," said Marilyn Monson, director of the chamber. "Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy this beautiful park by the lake."
For more information on things to do in Storm Lake for the holiday weekend, contact the chamber of commerce at 732-3780.