Chautauqua Days coming to Sac City

Wide variety of events planned for July 4-7

SAC CITY — There will be plenty to do in Sac City during Independence Day weekend as Chautauqua Days will be returning with plenty of activities for people of all ages.

This includes several new events, according to Ross Opsal, executive director of Sac City’s Chamber-Main Street.

“We’re going to add a grand marshal, which we’ve never had before,” he said. “We’re bringing a few more floats — for example, class floats as we get ready for the all-school reunion next year in 2020. We’ve got some pickleball; that’s new this year.”

Chautauqua Days will begin July 4 and last through July 7.

This year’s theme is patriotism.

“We’re giving prizes for best patriotic theme, most creative, best costume, best patriot,” Opsal said.

The parade will be held at 4 p.m. July 6.

Opsal said there will be plenty of events for people of all ages.

It kicks off at 8 a.m. Independence Day, with the Jackson 4-H club serving Belgian waffles until noon at the 4-H building at the Sac County Fairgrounds. It’s $6 for ages 13 and over, $5 for ages 6 through 12 and ages 5 and under free.

Scoop the Loop will be July 5 in downtown Sac City. That same day, at 8:30 p.m., the Sac City Public Library will be showing the movie “Grease” outdoors, weather permitting.

The following day, Saturday, there will be a color run/walk that starts at 8 a.m. in Chautauqua Park. Registration starts at 7 a.m. The run will be a 5K while the walk is 1 mile. The entry fee is $25 up until June 29, with late and day-of registrations being $30.

That day will also include a farmer’s market, craft fair and petting zoo for children.

Fireworks will be seen at the fairgrounds around 9:30 to 10 p.m.

The final day, Sunday, will include a community church service at 10 a.m. at the Criss Gazebo. All denominations are welcome, according to Opsal.

A trivia contest will be held at the East Sac Middle School auditorium at 1 p.m. The contest is free and open to all ages, with the questions being mostly about Sac City, Sac County and the state of Iowa.

While there are several new events this year, Opsal said this year will be the last for a longtime event — the chuckwagon races. He said the chuckwagons are going to be taken apart after this year.

The races will be held at the Sac County Fairgrounds at 6:30 p.m. July 5.

There will also be some events at the Chautauqua Building.

“They’ll be having old-time games that kids used to play,” Opsal said. “Tug of war, balloon toss, three-legged races.”