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What will Frontier Days be for you this year?

May 29, 2011
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Will 2011 be the first time you and your family have attended Frontier Days? Or will it be the first time in three, four or more years you have seen the inside of the Fort Museum buildings and find yourself thinking about the history shown in the variety of antiques and displays that have a story to tell?

On behalf of the 2011 Frontier Days Committee, we invite you to attend and enjoy this very special event, now celebrating its 37th year Friday, Saturday and June 5 at the Fort Museum with the theme "Gateway to Our Past." Think about how this event has brought together thousands of people from many counties and countries over those years. Frontier Days offers a vivid picture into our past and in some cases, the amazing details of how Iowans lived and survived as they settled the very land we live on.

This year you will find fun for the entire family with "The Lone Ranger and Silver" as the well-known television series is represented by this tribute performer who is the only one in the USA endorsed by the Lone Ranger Fan Club. Then watch as Cowboy Randy, whose yodeling was featured in the Walt Disney film "Home on the Range," displays his trick roping skills. But don't stop there, take time to see all that Frontier Days 2011 has to offer.

Kicking off the event will be the Frontier Days Pageants under the direction of Michelle Wendt. The Little Miss & Mr. Frontier Days and the Miss Frontier Days Pageants will be held on Tuesday at the Crossroads Mall. See entry forms on the website.

On Friday, the gates will open at 4 p.m. Things will get rolling. Featured entertainment under the big top on Friday night will be Audiodrive, a powerful rock act out of Rockford, Ill., playing '70s and '80s to today's music from 7 to 11 p.m.

New event

Inside the Opera House on Friday night will be a special version of country and pop karaoke - bringing area singers of all types together.

This is a new event to Frontier Days and we invite all those who would like to sing to contact Shila Nelson at 571-7455 or email at

Karaoke will start at 7 p.m. with an open-mike hour and then contest by types of music with awards and more open-mike time to follow. Come out and enjoy the air conditioning and relax as you hear singers share their talents.

New event

Family Outdoor Games will bring back old favorites like the three-legged race, the wheelbarrow race, and the sack race. Add in the egg on a spoon races and others and it will be a great time for all. These will take place on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. and will be located in the southwest corner of the grounds. Open to all, just walk up and join in on the fun with your kids and friends. No registration, it's easy to make new memories.


Saturday morning will start off with the 37th annual Frontier Days Parade on Central Ave. in downtown Fort Dodge. See more than 150 entries in this year's parade. Cindy and Mike Mulroney are serving as parade coordinators for the 20th year.

The gates will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday, and various vendor stands will be open to serve a variety of food and drinks, and for sale. The Fort Museum buildings will open at noon. Music will fill the air all day as Ritchie Lee and the Fabulous 50s take the stage from 1 to 4 p.m., and the '70s-'80s band Standing Hampton returns to perform under the Big Top from 7 to 11 p.m..

New event

The Hawkeye Pedal Tractor Pull for kids ages 4 to 11 will take place on the Opera House parking lot starting at 2 p.m. with registration. The Pulls will start at 3 p.m. with classes by age group, with trophies awarded. Tractors and sleds are all provided, and it is free with your Frontier Days button. Grandparents bring your grandkids. Kids - have your parents take you our early enough to register. This will be great fun with the winners qualifying for the State Pedal Tractor Pulls in Marshalltown in the fall. For more information, contact Terry Cook at 570-6156.

Inside the Opera House on Saturday are Bobby Awe and the Country Awe Stars from 5:45 to 7:45 p.m. playing country hits from years gone by. This will be the 37th year this group has performed at Frontier Days.

New event:

On Saturday night in the Opera House, there will be a new addition to Frontier Days, a teen dance where we want students for all area high schools to attend. Open to teens who will be in 10th, 11th or 12th grades in the fall, a local DJ will be playing great music with fun for all. Just your Frontier Days button will get you in the door. The Frontier Days Teen Dance will start at 8 p.m. and go till 10 p.m.

Sunday activities return to Frontier Days 2011 with the gates opening at 11 a.m. and the Fort Museum at 11 a.m. It will be a family day to enjoy all of your favorite activities and performers again, or for the first time if you're not able to join the celebration due to other commitments on Friday and Saturday.

Terry Cook and Kerk Friday have led the way in finding new events and bands. There is music for people of all interest and ages, shows that feature those with interest in the old west, the arts and great fun with the family outdoor games. With more than 20 different events, you and your family will want to attend Frontier Days 2011.

Volunteers - we need you. Please help us as we really need volunteers for all three days. Usually a volunteer's shift is three hours in areas like helping with the inflatable on Saturday, clearing the grounds and watching for ways to help others, seating people at the different events or watching a gate. We really need 75 more volunteers. Please call Shila Nelson at 571-7455 or email at this address - If you work for a company and can send an internal email to find 15 or more volunteers, you could help us greatly. Please, this is one of our needs that helps all enjoy Frontier Days. Just contact Shila Nelson for more information.

Yes, Frontier Days will have its changes in what is offered from year to year. Those who now lead the organizing work are attempting to carry on what they understand to be the original mission of the event - to help pass on the heritage of our area and to try and offer a balance of today's best entertainment and area performers.

Your entry into the Frontier Days celebration will again be a $5 collectors' badge, giving you entry to all the entertainment that takes place over three days. As many know and believe, this is the best value in entertainment in the state of Iowa. Please help us raise the needed funds by purchasing badges at the many locations that are listed on our website -

We look forward to seeing you at Frontier Days 2011.

This information was provided by the Frontier Days Committee.



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