Heritage Days brings community together

‘You get to see people you don’t get to see any other time’

POCAHONTAS — For one weekend a year, Heritage Days brings people from the Pocahontas area back together — even those who have moved away, according to Carmella Schultes, director of the Pocahontas Chamber of Commerce.

“It just really pulls the community together and it brings people back,” Schultes, who has lived in Pocahontas County for 25 years, said. “I feel like people that grow up here and leave, when they come back to visit, they try to come back during Heritage Days. When classes schedule their reunions, they try to do it during Heritage Days. It’s kind of like old home week. You get to see people you don’t get to see any other time.”

Heritage Days will be held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

“We will start on Friday,” Schultes said. “Downtown will extend their hours. Farmers’ Market will move to Main Street. We will have caramel kettle corn vendor here (Nielsen’s Caramel Kettle Corn). Our opening ceremony will be that night.”

A hog will be roasted on the city’s main street, an old tradition, Schultes said.

“That’s kind of a throwback to earlier days,” she said. “They are going bring the hog and roast it right here on Main Street at Heritage Park and make it free.”

The hog won’t be the only thing attendees can snack on.

“We will have a lemonade stand and food truck all day out at Elbert Park where we will have ball tournaments going on,” Schultes said.

Fireworks will also be held Friday night along with the street dance featuring Casey Muessignmann. Muessignmann is a country artist from Spencer.

“We think he will be a pretty big draw,” Schultes said.

Saturday will feature more than 30 activities.

“The big day is Saturday,” she said. “We start with a 5k and yoga and 8 a.m.”

Pokyrock scavenger hunt is a new activity.

“We are modeling that after Pokemon,” she said. “That will include 50 dollars in poky bucks drawing for participants.”

The parade will start at 2 p.m.

Another new wrinkle this year is the addition of the Chalk Walk.

“That’s an adult event,” Schultes said. “We are going to ask for the artist to be 16 years or older and we are going to make it a competition.”

Each participant will be given one square of cement on the sidewalk to create their piece.

The winner will get a prize. Judging is at 4 p.m.

“We think this will be a fun, new thing to do and they have all day to do it,” she said. “They can start whenever they want. We are going to look at squares of cement and judge them. We will have some acclaimed artists coming.”

The cement squares to be decorated will be located on the south side of the Pocahontas County Courthouse.

“That’s where our war memorial is,” Schultes said. “It’s a pretty place to walk and gaze at art and kind of creates a corridor between downtown and Main Street and Elbert Park.”

She added, “A lot of the kids things will be out on the courthouse lawn, too.”

Attendees are encouraged to purchase a $5 Heritage Days button.

“A lot of things are free if you buy a $5 Heritage Days button,” Schultes said. “Those will be for sale Friday night during the hog roast and then on Saturday I will be under the big tent in the park from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. with buttons to sell.”

She added, “It will get you into the street dance for $5 instead of $10. It gets you a free movie at the Rialto, a free duck if you have a button. It will get you discounts in some stores. You can get into the opening ceremonies for free with a button. It pays for itself if you participate in enough things. A lot of these things are $2 if you don’t have a button.”

About 600 buttons have been ordered, she said.

Heritage Days will conclude on Sunday with the annual fly-in/drive-in Chris Cakes breakfast at the airport.

Helicopter and ambulance tours will also be offered there.

At 11 a.m. the Vangard Aerobatic Squadron will put on an air show.

“It’s a big deal,” Schultes said. “The sponsorship of the air show is the Iowa Corn Growers Association and POET Biorefinery, of Emmetsburg. It wasn’t easy to get them here and make it affordable.”

She said Heritage Days has more activities this year than in previous years.

“We have thrown in a lot of little things that are really pumping it up,” she said. “We have a lot more this year than we have had in a few years. That’s good. In 2020 it’s the 150th anniversary of this town, so I guess we could look at this as a little practice. We will have to ramp it up for that.”

For additional information, call 712-358-1621 or visit pocahontaschamber.com.

Heritage Days schedule of events


4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Sidewalk sales on main street

Farmers’ Market on South Courthouse Square

Kids sidewalk chalk on North Main Street

Hog roast at Heritage Park on North Main Street

4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Nielsen’s Caramel Kettle Corn, north side of Pizza Ranch

6:30 p.m.

Bags tournament, south of Heritage Park

• Registration is at 6 p.m., $20 per team

7 p.m.

Opening ceremony with the Grand Marshal and Community Band at the Rialto Theatre

• Free with Heritage Days button

7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Street dance featuring Casey Muessignmann

• Free admission, North Main Street outside the Zone


8 a.m.

Sunrise yoga on the Courthouse lawn

• Bring your own mat or towel, only a few will be available

5k, going the distance, Elbert Park

• Registration fro 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. with an 8 a.m. start

8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Koffee and Kolaches at St. Peter & Paul

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Adult chalk walk competition

• Register by calling Jerry at 712-358-1404, judging is at 4 p.m.

9 a.m.

Slow pitch softball tournament at Biittner Field/Elbert Park

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Tours of the newly renovated American Legion Post 18

9 a.m. to noon

Scatch cupakes at Heritage Park

• Visit the Chamber table under the tent at Elbert Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

10 a.m. to noon

Runt run at Catholic School lot

Bohemian Heritage open house at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Vendors on North Main Street

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pokyrok scavenger hunt

• Register at the Chamber table

11 a.m.

Lunch under the tent

• Discounts with Heritage Days button

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wine bottle wind chime make and take with PCCB, under the tent

Noon Alumni swing shoe at the Rialto Theatre

• Free with Heritage Days button

1 p.m.

Street piano performance on North Main Street in front of The Kaleidoscope Factory

1:30 p.m.

Kiddie parade, line up at 1 p.m. east of Courthouse

2 p.m. Parade on North Main Street, lineup starts at 1 p.m. on Fifth Avenue Northwest near Elbert Park

3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Kiddie truck pull, 12 years and younger

• Must pre-register by calling Wendy at 712-358-1712

Beer tasting challenge by The Zone

3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Bingo under the tent

Kiddie carnival, face painting, and inflatables on the Courthouse lawn

5 p.m. Duck derby races at Elbert Park

• Purchase a duck for a buck at the Chamber table

• Free duck with Heritage Days button

Cattlemen Cookout under the tent

6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Senders Band at the Expo Center

$10 admission, $5 with the Heritage Days button

7 p.m. Movie at the Rialto Theatre

• Free with Heritage Days button

7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Trivia night under the tent

• $5 discount with Heritage Days button

• Bring your own drinks, no glass bottles


7 a.m. to 1 p.m. annual fly-in/drive-in Chris Cakes breakfast at the airport

• Freewill donation, proceeds will go to Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight

7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Helicopter and ambulance tours at the airport

11 a.m. Air show by Vangard Aerobatic Squadron