Area communities are preparing to celebrate Independence Day this week with the traditional parades and fireworks.
-Messenger photo by Joe Sutter
From left, Lyle Barkley, Dick Phillips, Andy Mills, Gowrie Legion Commander David Rolfes and David Mills unfold one of the flags to be placed on a flagpole in a parade float. Flags representing the 252 Legion members who have died were taken from their display case and put on poles, seen in the background, for the parade.
In Gowrie, the celebration began Saturday. A carnival and other events will be held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Parade Coordinator Gayle Redman said between 10,000 and 20,000 people would likely attend the parade, which will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
There are no entry fees for parade floats, and no preregistration is required. Large or unusual entries should call Redman ahead of time to make arrangements at 352-3150.
Cash prizes will be awarded to the best entries. Entrants must be lined up before 9 a.m. to be considered for judging.
In addition to the usual festivities, Humboldt will unveil a statue of Frank Gotch at 1 p.m. in Bicknell Park. Gotch was the world heavyweight wrestling champion from 1908-1915.
Gotch grew up in Humboldt and often trained in Bicknell Park, said Chamber Director Susan Rutz.
"We still have the Gotch Wrestling Club in town, and the Gotch Tournament for the youth once a year," Rutz said.
She said sculptor Paul Rieffer will attend the ceremony.
ALGONA - Tuesday: Fireworks after the races, at Kossuth County Fairgrounds. The annual ABATE Freedom Rally will begin on Thursday.
FORT DODGE - Tuesday: Food vendors begin at 6:30 p.m. in the City Square near the library; fireworks after dark. Streets will be blocked off so people can bring chairs.
GOWRIE - Sunday: Zion Lutheran Church Pancake Brunch, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Shelter House in City Park, freewill offering.
Monday: American Legion Peterson Post 431 pork loin dinner 5:30 p.m., followed by bingo at the City Park Shelter House; evening carnival in City Park.
Tuesday: Prairie Community High School Class of 1982 reunion, tour begins at 4:30 p.m. at the high school, continues 5:30 p.m. at Prairie View Golf & Barbecue Thief Grill for cocktails and food; Prairie View Class of 1962 50th Class Reunion, 5 p.m. at Tea Thyme; evening carnival in City Park; street dance 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Market Street, featuring Saucy Jack.
Wednesday: Warrior 5K Run, 7:30 a.m.; food stand, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Gowrie City Park Shelter House; Sprocket's Famous Hot Dog Stand, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Market Street next to the railroad tracks; Barbecue Thief food stand, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Market Street next to library; craft fair, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the City Park; Independence Day parade, 10 a.m.; old-fashioned chicken dinner following parade, at the United Methodist Church; carnival, all day in City Park; annual Men's Amateur golf tournament, all day; 3-on-3 basketball tournament, noon; car show, noon to 4 p.m., Laurel Park; waterfights by Gowrie Fire Department, 1 p.m. at Laurel Park; cow pie bingo, 1:30 p.m.; Zumba fitness demonstration, 1:30 p.m., bandshell; historical museum open at Laurel Park, 2 to 4 p.m.; Bill Riley Talent Show, 2 p.m. at the Betty Nyght Hamilton Bandshell at the City Park; Barbecue Thief food stand, 5 p.m., Main Street at AK Transmissions; fireworks at dusk.
HUMBOLDT -Wednesday: pancake breakfast 8 to 10:30 a.m., Humboldt County Fairgrounds; Lions Club food booth, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. fairgrounds; Kiwanis food booth 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. fairgrounds; harness racing, 1 to 4:30 p.m. fairgrounds; Frank Gotch statue unveiling, 1 p.m. Bicknell Park; parade lineup, 6 p.m.; parade, 7 p.m.; fireworks display, 10 p.m., fairgrounds.
LAKE CORNELIA - Saturday: pancake breakfast, 7 to 9:30 a.m. at Lake Cornelia enclosed shelter. Raffle tickets sold during the breakfast for a picture of the old bridge at the park by Roger Ewing; kids games after noon in the park; boat parade starting at 7:30 p.m., judging starts at 7 p.m., prize money to be awarded. Fireworks start at dark.
OTHO - Wednesday: pancake breakfast 7 to 11 a.m., Otho Fire Department; parade, 1:30 p.m. Area fire departments will have water fights in the park following the parade. Vendors in the park all day. Fireworks at dusk.
SAC CITY -Chautauqua Days Tuesday: fifth annual Sac Community Center kids triathlon, 9 a.m.; Scoop the Loop, 7 p.m.
Wednesday: Jackson 4-H waffle breakfast, 8 a.m to 12:30 p.m., Chautauqua Building; 15th Annual Sac Community Center adult triathlon, 9 a.m.; Car and Antique Tractor Show registration, 9 a.m. to noon; Knights of Columbus Car Show, 11 a.m.; car and antique tractor show, noon to3 p.m.; men's club drive, chip and putt contest, 1 p.m. at Elementary School; Museum and Historic Village open, 2 to 4 p.m.; parade line-up, 3 p.m. on North Sixteenth Street.; parade, 4 p.m., Main Street.; Ice cream social, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church; variety show, 8 p.m. Chautauqua Building; fireworks, 10 p.m. at Elementary School grounds.
Friday: Iowa Central Community College Jazz Band 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Chautauqua Building.
Saturday and Sunday: Museum and Historic village open, 2 to 4 p.m.
STRATFORD - Today: Lions Club barbecue, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the city park.
TWIN LAKES - Wednesday: Boat parade begins at 6 p.m. at Muddy Bay and circles the lake; fireworks around 10 p.m., shot off at Featherstone Park.