Celebration Iowa has agreed to return to the Storm Lake Star Spangled Spectacular for another rollicking holiday show.
Celebration Iowa is a not-for-profit organization created in the midst of the farm crisis of the 1980's by Dr. Dennis L. Darling and Dr. Judith Bowstead Nye, two Luther College educators optimistic about Iowa's youth. This program is a celebration of the talent, potential, energy and spirit of the people of Iowa.
Celebration Iowa's mission is to provide opportunities for talented Iowa high school students to perform in an educational, service-oriented setting and provide quality entertainment to Iowans at local fairs and festivals, and at state-wide events whil epolishing their skills in music theory, improvisation, music literature, theatre, and dance.
Each summer, Iowa high school students join the Celebration Iowa program for a "summer of a lifetime," learning from the best artist instructors in the state, performing in over 30 Iowa communities, and fostering lifelong friendships with like-minded high school musicians.
Celebration Iowa continues to forge ahead in areas of musical excellence for its Iowa students and audience members. Throughout its 24-year history, Celebration Iowa has operated under several different names. Originally called the Iowa State Fair Singers from 1983 to 1988, the program became the State Fair Singers and Jazz Band with 1989's addition of the jazz band. The program's current name, Celebration Iowa, was established in 2000.
Since 1983, the program has educated 556 high school students from 219 Iowa communities, performed in 148 Iowa communities, and delighted over 1 million audience members across the state.
Their music and dance review will be one of many free entertainments at the Star Spangled Spectacular, marking its 30th anniversary this summer with the theme, "30 years of Patriotic Pride."
Here are some highlights from the tentative schedule:
Thursday, July 3, 2008
5-7 p.m. - Taste of Storm Lake in Chautauqua Park for Habitat for Humanity
5:45 p.m. - Classic Car Parade starts
6 p.m. - Kiddie Parade starts
6:30 p.m. - Ice Cream Social, Classic Car Show in Sunset Park
7-9:30 p.m. - Tom Gary Blues Band at the bandshell
Friday, July 4, 2008
7:30 a.m. Ride/Run
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Aritsts' Alley/Vendors
10:30 a.m. Big Parade
Late morning - food booths open
Noon - Patriotic Ceremony at the Buddy Monument (after parade)
Noon - 5 p.m. Entertainment including Celebration Iowa, Inflatables, Storm Lake Municipal Band
Noon - 5 p.m. Entertainment including Inflatables, Kiddie Train, Children's Art Fair, Dragon Boat Displays (weather permitting), cardboard boat races, vocalist Larry Meyer.
Noon - 5 p.m. Entertainment including Maryoke, small groups, and local talent
Great Lawn/Beach area
Early evening - Tom Gary Blues Band
Frank Starr Park
Early evening - Rock Bottom Blues Band
Chautauqua Park Jetty
Dusk - Fireworks
Storm Lake's Star Spangled Spectacular Commodores are Dr. Rick and Kim Martin. Karyn Brophy and her daughter, Jamie Botello of Alta, relatives of Brian Botello who was killed in Iraq, are parade Grand Marshals.