Humboldt will hold its sesquicentennial celebration this week alongside the Independence Day celebrations in area towns.
One of the highlights is a song commissioned for the 150th anniversary celebration called "Forever Home," said Chamber Director Susan Rutz.
The music was composed by Iowa State professor Michael Golemo with words written by Miranda Pedersen, a Humboldt senior who graduated this year, Rutz said.
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Danesha Loyd, left, and Tarran Sheker, both of Fort Dodge, watch the Fort Dodge fireworks in 2012.
The Humboldt Community Chorus and the High School Chorus will perform it Saturday evening.
The Business Professional Women are sponsoring a best beard contest with judging on July 7. Prizes will be given for longest beard, most original, "beard fail"and other categories.
Friday will feature a Humboldt Idol competition - a karaoke contest and street dance, Rutz said. There will also be a cemetery walk in the morning and evening celebrating past community members of Humboldt.
Area towns celebrate
ALGONA - Thursday: Fireworks following the stock car races at Kossuth County Fairgrounds, races begin at 6:30 p.m. ABATE Rally is Thursday through Saturday.
GOWRIE - Today: Zion Lutheran Church Pancake Brunch, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lutheran Church Basement. Tuesday: American Legion Peterson Post 431 Pork Loin Dinner, 5:30 p.m. followed by bingo at City Park Shelter House; Carnival in city park, Evening.
Wednesday: Tractor Ride to Dolliver Memorial State Park, registration at 8:30 a.m., depart from Laurel Park at 9 a.m.; Carnival in city park, evening.
Thursday: Jaycees sponsored Warrior 5K Run/Walk, 7:30 a.m.; Food Stand, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gowrie City Park Shelter House; 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; Little Redneck Pony Rides all day on the corner of Market Street and Pleasant Street; Gowrie Municipal Golf Course hosts the annual Men's Amateur Golf Tournament all day; Freedom Cruise car show, noon to 4 p.m., Laurel Park, no entry fee; Free live music by Midwest Rock and Soul Review, noon to 4 p.m. at Laurel Park; Waterfights by Gowrie Fire Department, 1 p.m. Laurel Park; Cow Pie Bingo, 1:30 p.m. corner of Main and Lynd streets; Historical Museum Open, 2 to 4 p.m. at Laurel Park; Bill Riley Talent Show, 2 p.m. at the Betty Nyght Hamilton Bandshell at the City Park; Fireworks at dusk.
Friday: Glow Ball Golf Tournament, 9 p.m., bring your own flashlights.
Saturday: 30th Year Class Reunion for Prairie Class of 1983, 6 p.m. Gowrie Community Center.
HUMBOLDT - Thursday: Opening Ceremony, 8:30 a.m. Nokomis Park; 150 Fun Run Family Stroll, 9 to 10:30 a.m. starting at Nokomis Park; Harness Races, 1 p.m. Fairgrounds; Parade, 7 p.m.; Fireworks, 10 p.m.
Friday: Cemetery Walk, 9:30 a.m.; Downtown Sounds, 5 p.m. Sumner Avenue, features Humboldt Idol, Cruise-In, Bags Tournament, Pedal Pull; Cemetery Walk, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday: Guided Community Tours, 8 a.m.; School Tours, 10 a.m. high school and middle school; Pancake Breakfast, 7 a.m. Old Fire Station; Tractor Show, 7 a.m. to noon downtown; Farmer's Market, morning Downtown; Food and Free Inflatables, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Taft Park; Fire Department Barrel Fights, 2 p.m., 200 block Taft Street North; Harness Races, 1 p.m. Fairgrounds; Humboldt Films before concert, high school; Commissioned Concert, Early Evening; "Run What You Brung" Drag Races, 2 p.m. Humboldt County Dragway; Free Swim, 5 p.m. and movie, 8:30 p.m., Aquatic Center.
July 7: Cowboy Church, 11 a.m. Bicknell Park; Small Band Performance, Grilled Food, Dog Show, Best Beard Contest, Arts Council Display; Sesquicentennial Cookoff, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fairgrounds; Barnyard Olympics, 1 to 4 p.m. Fairgrounds; Tug-of-War Competition, 4 p.m. Fairgrounds.
LAKE CORNELIA - Saturday: Pancake breakfast, 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m; Annual meeting, 10:30 a.m. at enclosed shelter; games, races, frog jumping contests begin 1 p.m.; boat parade, 7:30 p.m. at northeast dock; fireworks at dark.
July 7: Dragon boat races, practice at 8 a.m., races begin at 1 p.m. at north beach area.
OTHO - Thursday: Pancake breakfast, 7 a.m. at the fire station $5 for adults, children ages three and younger eat free, vendors will be in the park; parade 1:30 p.m., followed by water fights with the Fire Department in the park; Webster County Museum will be open all day; fireworks at dusk.
SAC CITY - Chautauqua Days Wednesday: Scoop the Loop, 7 p.m.
Thursday: Jackson 4-H Waffle Breakfast, 8 a.m. to noon, Chautauqua Building; Car and Antique Tractor Show registration, 9 a.m. to noon; Car and Antique Tractor Show, noon to 3 p.m.; Men's Club Drive, Chip and Putt contest, 1 p.m. at Elementary School; Museum and Historic Village Open House, celebrating 100 years of the building, 1 to 4 p.m.; Parade Line Up on N. 16th St., 3 p.m.; Parade on Main Street, 4 p.m.; Ice Cream Social at First Presbyterian Church, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Friday: Sac Community Center Kids Triathlon, for ages 9-14, 9 a.m.
Saturday: Sac Community Center Adult Triathlon, 9 a.m.; Museum and Historic Village open, 2 to 4 p.m.; Fireworks at Elementary School grounds, 10 p.m.
Sunday: Museum and Historic Village open, 2 to 4 p.m.
STANHOPE - Wednesday: Wednesday Night in the Park, 5:45 p.m., food served by the Stanhope Fire Department; free entertainment by Irv and Dorothy Reutzel, 6:30 p.m.
STRATFORD - Thursday: Lion's Club barbecue, 5 to 7 p.m. at the city park.
TWIN LAKES - Thursday: Boat parade, line up at 5:30 p.m. in Muddy Bay, Featherstone park, parade at 6 p.m. around the lake, call 227-0228 to register; Fireworks, after dark.
WEST BEND - Friday: FFA Alumni Tractor Ride, 8 a.m., registration starts at 7 a.m. at West Bend International; Palo Alto County Cattlemen barbecue and free ice cream cones, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Broadway Ave; Street Dance with The Rude Band, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Broadway Ave.
Saturday: Free swimming all day at West Bend Swimming Pool; Parade Line Up 9:30 a.m.; Parade Judging 10:30 a.m.; Parade 11 a.m.; Food stands open, noon; Carnival Games, Fern Valley 4-H Petting Zoo, Special K'z the Clown, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.; Inflatable Rides and 9-Hole Mini Golf, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.; Bingo, 12:30 to 5 p.m.; West Bend Fire Department Water Fights, 2:30 p.m. east side of school; Liberty Games, 3:30 p.m.; Pedal Tractor Pull, 5 p.m.; West Bend-Mallard Drill Team Performance, 6:15 p.m.; Cow Pie Bingo, 6:30 p.m.; Mindy's Miles Bike Give-Away, 8 p.m.; Crazy Keys Dueling Pianos, 8:30 p.m.; Fireworks at dusk.
There will also be a video from a 1972 ABC news special on Humboldt shown before the concert Saturday, and guided school and community tours Saturday morning.
"We have a new middle school, so we're hoping to get a good number of people coming back to the community to see how we've progressed," Rutz said.
The town was founded by Stephen H. Taft in 1863 and originally named Springvale.
Independence Day festivities will be held Thursday, with fireworks at 10 p.m.
"We'll have a bigger display this year than in past years," Rutz said.
"The parade route has changed just a bit," she said. "Instead of Fourth Avenue North, it is going to Sixth Avenue, which takes us to the fairgrounds."
In Sac City, the building that now houses the Sac City museum will turn 100 on Thursday, and will be open for tours from 1 to 4 p.m. Located at the corner of 13th and Main Streets, the building was once a cemetery monument building owned by the Wayt Monument Works.
"We still have the manually operated crane they used to move tombstones," said Sharon Mayo, on the museum board.
The building features pillars of Saint Cloud Gray Marble, and cost about $15,000 to complete, or $350,000 in today's money.
A loading dock on the west side of the building was used to move in heavy blocks of granite. There was a metal forge in the basement and an elevator to move products up to the main floor. It also features decorative tin ceilings, tall windows, and even a marble light fixture.
The museum was opened in this building in 1985.
Visitors can tour the old schoolhouse, hardware store and other buildings in the historic village around the museum and find refreshments in the gazebo.
Gowrie holds its town celebration every year on July 4, offering a big parade.
"This is our 125th consecutive Fourth of July parade," said coordinator Gayle Redman. "Lots of towns didn't have the Fourth of July in World War II, and Gowrie always did."
One new thing this year is a tractor ride to Dolliver Park, sponsored by the Prairie Valley FFA.
The car show is also getting bigger every year, Redman said. There is no entry fee and all makes and models are welcome to the show from noon to 4 p.m. at Laurel Park. There will also be free live music at the show by the Midwest Rock and Soul Review.
The newly refurbished swimming pool will be open regular hours all week.
"We're still raising money for the new pool," Redman said. "That's been our big project."
The biggest thing is the parade, at 10 a.m. Thursday, which draws in around 10,000 to 15,000 people. The highlight is the American Legion's flag float, featuring over 250 flags representing members who have died through the years.
"Because we give away prize money for the floats, we usually get a lot of pretty creative and unusual floats," she said.