It may be nearly five months until the 31st annual Star Spangled Spectacular celebration, but the Storm Lake event's central committee has things well in hand. They met this week to discuss the plans for the July 3 and 4 event. Committee members say with the current state of the economy they want to really promote people staying here at home to celebrate the birth of the nation and enjoy some free entertainment.
With the event falling on a weekend and tourism on the wise in Storm Lake, the committee hopes to draw an even bigger crowd than last year and hope some Storm Lake, and invites natives and alums to return for the Spectacular.
Bruce and Jill Engelmann will be serving as the Commodores this year. The Co-Commodores are expected to be announced in March as well as the parade marshall.
Bruce Kurtz says the Erick Hovey Band is expected to return to the event and says the show they held on the beach last year was a great success. Planners also hope to bring in a group that will appeal to the younger crowd, plus possibly a country group and a 50's and 60's band. The committee says they are striving to offer as much variety in entertainment as they can. Kurtz says someone also approached him about the possibilty of having a non-denominational church service on Sunday with a potluck following.
Celebration Iowa Singers and Jazz Band - an elite group of Iowa high school musicians from around the state - will be returning this year and staying on the Buena Vista University campus during their visit. Inflatable playgrounds and a balloon artist will be back for kids. The Ride-Run and cadboard boat regattas will return, anit is hoped that the parade can recruit some marching bands. The committee is investigating a family-friendly comedy show as well.