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Gowrie’s population swells for Fourth of July celebration

June 24, 2012
By JOE SUTTER, , Messenger News

Gayle Redman is the parade coordinator for Gowrie's July 4 celebration.

"(The Fourth) has become our big town celebration every year," she said. "Lots of towns have an appreciation day or something like Frontier Days in Fort Dodge. Because we do it every year, it's become our big thing."

This year, the festivities will stretch over five days, since the fourth falls on a Wednesday.

Redman said the biggest attraction is the parade, which will begin at 10 a.m. July 4.

"We always get, we estimate, anywhere from 10,000 to 20,000 people who come into town for the Fourth. We're only a town of 1,000 people," she said.

She said the highlight of the parade is the American Legion's flag floats - five trailers with 252 flags total, representing all of the Legion post members who have died.

Redman said there will also be a carnival on July 2-4. A street dance will begin at 8:30 p.m. July 3, featuring local band Saucy Jack.

There will be a 5K run/walk around Gowrie at 7:30 a.m. on July 4, and a 3-on-3 basketball tournament at noon. Cost for the tournament is $25; contact Kyle Johnson at 408-5335 to preregister.

The Xi Eta Sigma sorority will sponsor a cowpie bingo.

"We map out a square with 100 spaces on a big piece of grass," Redman said. "Wherever cow lays her cow pie, that's the winner."

All proceeds go toward the new swimming pool.

Other activities include a car show, water fights, a Zumba fitness demonstration and the Bill Riley Talent show.

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