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Chautauqua Days comes to Sac City

High water will not stop event, said organizers

June 30, 2011
By PETER KASPARI - Messenger staff writer , Messenger News

SAC CITY - Sac City is preparing this weekend for the annual Chautauqua Days celebration.

The celebration is held every year around Independence Day as a way of celebrating the Chautauqua Building in Sac City, which was built in 1908.

"There used to be a religious group that went around traveling in tents and teaching Chautauquas," Laura Zimmerman, program director of Chamber-Main Street, said. "They built the permanent building in Sac City in 1908, and it's one of only three in the state of Iowa. They would have their services in the building."

Despite the recent rains flooding the area surrounding the Chautauqua Building, Zimmerman said everything will go on as scheduled.

"We'll still have events, and we're crossing our fingers that the water will be gone by this weekend," she said. "We think the flooding will crest soon and it will probably go down. Hopefully we'll be ready for the weekend."

This year, two events that were introduced at last year's Chautauaqua Days are being brought back due to their popularity.

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Chautauqua Days Events


7:00 p.m. - Scoop the Loop

8 p.m.-Midnight - Hundred Proof Band at Chautauqua Building (cash bar)


9:00 a.m. - 13th annual Community Center Triathlon (register with Sac Community Center)

10:00 a.m.-Noon - Car and Antique Tractor Show Registration

11:00 a.m. - Knights of Columbus grilling downtown

Noon-3:00 p?m. - Car and Antique Tractor Show

2:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. - Museum and Historic Village Open

3:00 p.m. - Parade line-up at N. 16th St.

4:00 p.m. - Parade on Main Street

4:30 p.m. - 35th Anniversary Celebration at The Depot (after parade)

4:30-6:00 p.m. - Ice Cream Social at First Presbyterian Church

Sunday, July 3

1:00 p.m. - Kids Water Fights at Middle School Basketball Court

2-4:30 p.m. - Museum and HIstoric Village Open

7:00 p.m. - Variety Show at Chautauqua Building

10:00 p.m. - Fireworks at Elementary School Grounds

Monday, July 4

8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. - Jackson 4-H Waffle Breakfast at Chautauqua Building

2:00 p.m. - Men's Club Drive, Chip and Putt Contest at Elementary School

One of them is known as Scoop the Loop.

"Last year we invited everyone with cars to cruise up and down main street," Zimmerman said. "They can drive old cars, new cars, or whatever they have."

The other returning event introduced last year is the live band performance at the Chautauqua Building. A cash bar will also be available at the concert.

"The band is being held at the Chautauqua Building, the fireworks will be at the elementary school, the kids' water fight will be at the middle school," Zimmerman said. "We really scatter the events throughout the community."

Also unlike previous years, this year won't be celebrating an accompanying event.

"We had our sesquicentennial a few years ago, and last year we had the all-school reunion," she said. "But this year it's just a good old fashion Chautauqua Days."

Zimmerman said anybody is welcome to come.

"It's open to the public," she said. "You don't even have to be from Sac City to attend. It's fun for everyone."

Contact Peter Kaspari at (515) 573-2141 or



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