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Bobby Awe, of Fort Dodge, performs in his studio recently.

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As a teenager in the 1950s it wasn’t uncommon for Bobby Awe to stay up late on a Saturday night, waiting for his favorite country shows to hit the airwaves. “Years ago I used to stay up late listening to country music on the radio,” Awe, a longtime country music artist, said. “There ...

Wedding Registries: Keeping up

Weddings are a very joyful time that bring friends and family together to celebrate the union and love of two people. Over time, the wedding registry has changed, and what couples now register for are not just china, silverware, and items that help fill a new home. Amanda Manke, gift ...

Curtain Up!

Get ready for plenty of laughs during Hawkeye Community Theatre’s upcoming comedy by Peter Quilter, “Curtain Up!” The show will be performed Wednesday through Saturday at the theater, 521 N. 12th St. Based on the author’s earlier ‘‘Respecting Your Piers,’’ ‘‘Curtain ...

Fort Dodge braces for the Fear Factory

Get ready for plenty of scares at this year’s new haunted house downtown, Fort Dodge Fear Factory, during the Halloween season. The doors of the haunted house will creak open for the first time on Thursday. Brooke Bickford, creator of the Fort Dodge Fear Factory, has wanted to do ...

This stagecoach, built in 1893, will return to the Pumpkins and Ponies event Saturday at SpringVale Farm in Humboldt County. People visiting the fall festival will be able to climb aboard for an 1890s style ride across the farm. The vehicle is provided by Mile High Stagecoach Co., owned by D.W. Koss of Lacrosse, Wisconsin.

Pumpkins & ponies

HUMBOLDT — The 12th Annual Pumpkins and Ponies celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the SpringVale Farm, 2603 Lone Tree Road, near Humboldt. “Pumpkins and Ponies is always held on the second Saturday of October,’’ said Lonnie Larson, who owns the farm ...

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When ‘‘The Election’’ opens this week as Iowa Central Community College’s fall play, the cast will include Michael Coates, front, and Thutam Nguyen, Zoey Aune and Leah Lierman in the second row. Andrea Rosendahl, Nathan Bentz and Peyton Sickler are in the next row while Brenden Hansen, Jonathon Schaffer and Dan Mindermann are in the back.

ICCC presents ‘The Election’

Iowa Central Community College students will present their fall play taking on 21st century politics. ‘‘The Election’’ is a comedy by Pulitzer Prize nominated playwright Don Zolidis, and produced with special arrangement by Playscripts, Inc. It will be performed at 7 p.m. each day ...

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Stage Door Productions will be presenting its sixth ‘‘Cabaret: A Night of Musical Theatre’’ Oct. 12-13 at the Ringland-Smeltzer House in Fort Dodge.

‘Cabaret: A Night of Musical Theatre’ in a historic setting

Stage Door Productions will be presenting its sixth ‘‘Cabaret: A Night of Musical Theatre’’ this fall at the Ringland-Smeltzer House in Fort Dodge. The show will be held Oct. 12-13 at the home at 1019 Second Ave. S. The doors will open at 6:15 p.m. each day, with the show beginning ...

Honor Flight FUNdraiser is Saturday

People will be able to hit the road and raise money for the Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight on Saturday. Crickets Lounge in Fort Dodge is holding the fundraiser ride with registration beginning at 10 a.m. “We are holding this fundraiser as a way to raise awareness for the Honor Flight,” ...

Community Orchard to celebrate Apple Fest

Bring family and friends out to the Community Orchard to enjoy fall food, experience the Back 40 Playground, explore the corn maze, and pick your favorite pumpkin in the pumpkin patch during the 33rd annual celebration of fall during Applefest. “Apple Fest is a fall tradition for family ...

During the 2016 Cruise to the Woods car show, Robin Marler, of Omaha, climbs on board a 1955 Chevrolet School Bus that a group of 10 friends built and customized. The bus has a 460 engine making 480 horsepower, and has been on power tours all across the country.

Cruise to the Woods

There will be plenty of vintage cars on display during the first Sunday in October during the annual car show called Cruise to the Woods. The cruise will begin at several spots across the state, and all of the classic cars will end up at the former Sunkissed Meadows Golf Course in Fort ...

Shellabration has announced LOCASH as the headliner of the inaugural Downtown County Jam in downtown Fort Dodge. The event takes place Sept. 23 with gates opening at 5:30 p.m.

LOCASH to headline Downtown Country Jam

Country music stars LOCASH are set to headline Shellabration’s first ever Downtown Country Jam this Saturday. This new venture will replace the organization’s annual fall Oktoberfest themed event that took place at Oleson Park each of the past eight years. “In our present desire to ...

Groovy ’70s

Grab those platforms, break out that polyester suit and get ready to boogy because this year’s theme for the annual Masquerade for Your Health Ball is the Groovy ‘70s. “Since this year is Shimkat’s 70th anniversary, we decided to tie that into the theme,’’ said Lydia Schuur, ...

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The Blanden Memorial Art Museum is holding an exhibit of works by Daniel Rhodes, a Fort Dodge native.

Blanden show features FD ceramic artist

The Blanden Memorial Art Museum is exhibiting the work of American ceramic artist and Iowa native Daniel Rhodes. Rhodes was born in Fort Dodge in 1911. As a youth, his ability was honed through summer courses at the Art Institute of Chicago, and by the age of 18, he left home to pursue a ...

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Teams work together in the grape stomping contest in the 2016 Good “Vine”brations Harvest Festival.

Good ‘Vine’brations

Soldier Creek Winery will celebrate the end of the year-long grape growing season during its annual Good “Vine”brations Harvest Festival this Saturday. Events will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the winery, 1584 Paragon Ave. To celebrate the grape harvest, Soldier Creek will be ...

A taste of history

DAKOTA CITY — Guests will be able to take a stroll through all the unique historical buildings at the Humboldt County Historical Museum during the fifth annual Wine Walk on Saturday. Not only will the walk offer wine to the guests, but there will also be entertainment and a wide range of ...

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The Fort Dodge Municipal Band is pictured in 1928. The band played at the fair in Spencer that year and is pictured in front of the band’s tent camp with the cook. Conductor Karl L. King is in the center of the photo, between the two sousaphone players.

Celebrating heritage with music

The nationally-known Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge will be part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the Clay County Fair on Sunday in Spencer. Karl L. King and the Fort Dodge Municipal Band were regular fixtures at that fair each year, beginning in 1922 and continuing to ...

Storytelling festival in Story City

STORY CITY — It is time again for the storytelling festival in Story City. On this 12th year, organizers have decided to expand what storytelling means. To reflect this, the event is being called The Story Festival and More! The festival will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The ...

A common vision

During this year’s Benefit Walk, One Vision wants to celebrate everyone who is part of our community and the common vision that brings people together. “This is the 48th annual Benefit Walk to raise awareness and critical funds for the organization,’’ said Jennifer Pinske, development ...

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Fort Dodge firefighter Zach Rickman, along with Fort Dodge Police Officer Cody Harris, demonstrates the squaring off that will occur on Sept. 10 during the Guns & Hoses softball game at the Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex. 
The Serving Our Servants-hosted game is a fundraiser to benefit D/SAOC and the 133rd Test Squadron. The first pitch is at 5 p.m.

Guns & Hoses: Softball tourney facilitates friendly rivalry

Fort Dodge Police Officer Cody Harris remembers well the last time the friendly rivalry between the police and fire services made its way onto an athletic field. It was in 2015 when local police officers battled the Fort Dodge Fire Department in a game of touch football that still lives on ...

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The Fort Museum and Frontier Village will host the first in a concert series Wednesday.

Direction, for those craving a little history

Webster County Fort Museum & Frontier Village 1 Museum Road, Fort Dodge Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Contact the museum by calling (515) 573-4231. Webster County Museum 515 School St., Otho Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays ...