The last blast of summer features plenty of activity for all ages in Storm Lake this Labor Day weekend.
There will be the first-ever Jump Right in and Run, a big car show, crafts, food, a Buena Vista University version of the MDA telethon, and a martial arts demonstration with an all-time legend of combat sports.
* Things get underway bright and early Sunday, August 31st along the scenic Storm Lake shoreline with the "Jump Right In and Run" half-marathon, marathon relay and 5K run/walk starting at King's Pointe Waterpark Resort. Everyone is invited to participate, or to come cheer the runners on. For registration information go to www.stormlakerunningclub.com.
"I'm really excited about the run! Since I started running at the first running club meeting in April (15 minutes and near cardiac arrest) I've worked up to where I am today which is running 30-35 minutes 6-7 times a week," said one of the approximately 100 registrants as of last week. "I feel great and feel like I'm finally getting back to my pre-baby place - I've felt realy inspired to change my diet and I feel like a generally happier person every day!"
Entries must be received soon - there will be none taken on the day of the event. To avoid missing the mail deadline, registration forms can be dropped off at Citizens Bank main branch in Storm Lake until close on Friday, Aug 29. Packet pickup and late registration will be held on Saturday, Aug. 30 from 4-8 p.m. Kings Pointe Resort.
* Next, bring the whole family to beautiful Chautauqua Park along Lakeshore Drive. Enjoy the view of the lake while taking in the Hy-Noon Kiwanis Classic Car Show and picnicking on grilled turkey fillets hosted by Sara Lee and the Santa's Castle Committee.
The show is traditionally one of the largest of its kind in the region, attracting antiques, classics, hot rods, sports cars, tricked-out trucks, sports cars and more. And proceeds go to help with Kiwanis community efforts.
The Hy-Noon Kiwanis Car Show registration is from 9 a.m.-noon with the "Show and Shine" taking place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Trophies in several classes will be presented at 3 p.m.
"There will be classic cars displayed right on the lake in the shade of the park trees with old time rock and roll music for everyone to enjoy," chairman Chad Halder says.
Admission to the car show is $3 for adults and is free for children under 10. Car show sponsors are Rasmussen Ford/Mercury, Fizpatrick Auto Center, Schuelke Auto Company, Bob's Garage and Auto Sales, and Exhaust Pros. For more information, contact Halder at 712-732-5440.
* Sara Lee will be serving 500 turkey fillets from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Don't forget the BBQ sauce.
* Sky High Bounce will set up several of their inflatables for children's jumping enjoyment, noon to 4 p.m.
* There will also be an Arts and Craft Fair in Chautauqua Park from noon-4 p.m. offering purses, jewelry, home décor, and other specialty items. "Run Away Saws" owner Jeff Klatt of Storm Lake will demonstrate his skills while carving a nutcracker figure to be placed in Santa's Castle for the holiday season.
* From noon- 4 p.m., there will be entertainment and demonstrations by Universal Kenpo Karate featuring Bill "Superfoot" Wallace, retired Professional Karate Association Middle weight Champion.
"Superfoot" Wallace is a living legend in the world of martial arts and professional kickboxing. A pioneer in the sport, he began his martial arts career as a karate point-fighter competing along with such immortals as Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris. He made his professional debut as a kickboxer in 1972, quickly capturing the World Middleweight Championship and later retiring as the undefeated champion after compiling a record of 23-0. With the urging of his friend Chuck Norris, Wallace has appeared in a number of motion pictures, and he continues to give exhibitions and trainings around the world. He has also served on the President's Council on Physical Fitness.
Proceeds from these events will support Kiwanis youth recreation and education programs as well as the Storm Lake attraction, Santa Castle.
* On Labor Day, student volunteers at Buena Vista University will be hosting a Jerry Lewis Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy Telethon on Monday September 1st. Central Iowa band "Here's My Chance" will perform during several cutaways from the national telethon to Storm Lake, and members of the BVU Improv Acting troupe will also lend their talents. A roadblock and "Prof in Prison" events are also being planned to raise funds for the cause.
* King's Pointe Waterparks will be open all three days for some wet and wild fun. On Saturday, the indoor park is open 9 a.m.-10 p.m., and on Sunday 9-9 and Monday 9-8. The outdoor park will be open all three days from 11 a.m.-8 p.m.