LE MARS — There will be “Big Fun” in Le Mars Wednesday, June 14 through Saturday, June 17 when the City of Le Mars celebrates its 31st annual Ice Cream Days.
“This year’s celebration promises to be chock full of entertaining activity and family fun,” said Sue Butcher, Ice Cream Days committee member. “There’s no better place to celebrate than right here in the Ice Cream Capital of the World.”
The event will kick-off on Wednesday with several events including The Brown Family’s Iowa and Ice Cream Show, the Tri-State Drive-In Cruisers at Bob’s Drive Inn, Splash Dance, the Kiwanis/Aktion Club Ice Cream Social and the Le Mars Municipal Band Concert.
The Tri-State Drive In Cruisers will be at Bob’s at 5 p.m. From 7:30-9 p.m., the ice cream social will be held at Foster Park, 600 Central Ave. S.E.
At 8 p.m. the municipal band will round off the day’s activities.
The fun will continue into Thursday with the family bike ride, the Primebank Ice Cream Social and the American Bank, N.A. Outdoor Movie.
This year the feature movie is “Megamind.”
“It’s a great family movie that children and their parents will be able to enjoy and laugh together,” said Kelley Pick, American Bank marketing coordinator. “We encourage youngsters to wear their superhero costumes. There will be picture opportunities, goodies, and of course ice cream treats. We can’t wait to have fun with everyone on June 15 around dusk.”
Riders interested in taking part in the family bike ride should meet at 6 p.m. at the Olson Cultural Event Center, 33 First St. N.E.
The Primebank Ice Cream Social will be held from 6-8 p.m., at 37 First Ave., N.W. and the outdoor movie will begin at 9 p.m. at the Olson Cultural Event Center.
The day will begin bright and early on Friday with the Le Mars YMCA’s 22nd annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament at 9 a.m. on First Avenue Southwest.
Children ages 4-7 will compete in the best smile contest at 2 p.m. at the Good Samaritan Society, 1140 Lincoln St., N.E.
Following the smile contest, children can head to the Le Mars Public Library for the Kid Fun Fest! from 2:30-4:30 p.m., at The Eagles, third floor, 104 First Avenue S.W.. This year’s fun fest will feature Jeff Quinn.
Quinn is rated as one of the midwest’s top magicians and hypnotists.
Jason Huneke, from America’s Got Talent, is also scheduled to perform. He will leave the audience laughing and amazed with comedy, dancing and juggling.
The smell of barbecuing will draw hundreds from near and far to The Kingsley State Bank Grill ‘n Chill Rib Rally at 8:30 a.m., Saturday. The event held at the Olson Cultural Event Center will conclude with judging at 4 p.m.
More than 90 entires will line up for this year’s parade at 9 a.m. This year’s parade will feature, the Abu Bekr White Horse Mounted Patrol, Abu Bekr Rat Patrol, Gehlen Catholic Marching Band, SuFuDu, as well as entries from many area businesses.
A new feature to this year’s celebration will be the Railmen Drum & Bugle Corps.
The Nebraska-based marching arts organization with a geographically diverse membership attracting performers from several states, will perform directly following the parade in the 600 block of First Avenue Southeast.
The group’s mission is to introduce the joy and benefits of marching arts to the midwest.
The Railmen Drum & Bugle Corps creates a product the crowd is sure to enjoy. For more information, visit www.therailmen.com.
From 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Art in the Park will feature over 55 vendors at Foster Park. Some of the vendors include: natural health products; hand painted bricks; tea towels; yard art; signs, yo-yo balloons, halos; and ornamental iron.
After a successful first year, the Kiwanis Incredible Kow Splash is making a return to this year’s festivities at 10:30 a.m. at Le Mars Municipal Park – Willow Creek.
Other events include Scoops of Fun, where kids will get a chance to be creative and take home a keepsake art project from Ice Cream Days by working with The Education Station, Iowa State Bank and Building Blocks Childcare and Preschool in the gazebo at Foster Park. Scoops of Fun will begin following the parade.
Also after the parade until 4 p.m., Fine Art Sales and Demonstrations will be featured at the Le Mars Arts Center, 200 Central Avenue S.E.. Artists will demonstrate their techniques and sell their wares.
At 10:30 a.m., Raku Firing Demonstrations will also begin at the Le Mars Arts Center on the north side of the building.
Northwest Bank & Le Mars Wings R/C Club Airplane, Helicopter & Drone Exhibition featuring the Fly Boys of Iowa will be held from 1-3 p.m., north of the airport on Holton Drive. A second showing will also be held from 3-4 p.m.
The Jammers concert, a six-piece classic rock band from the Le Mars and Sioux City area, will be held from 3-6 p.m. at the Olson Cultural Event Center.
The four days of fun will conclude with the fishing derby from 5-7 p.m. at West Floyd Park Pond (behind Wal-Mart). Children age 12 and under can join the Le Mars Sportsman’s Club for an evening of fishing.
Butcher said it takes a cooperative effort of hundreds of volunteers to make Ice Cream Days a success every year.
“The Ice Cream Days committee has spent uncountable hours planning and executing the activities for this year’s celebration. Celebration activities wouldn’t take place without volunteer workers,” Butcher said.
Ice Cream Days is made possible with the assistance of a Hotel/Motel Sales Tax Grant and the City of Le Mars Convention and Tourism Bureau. The event is a coordinated effort by chamber of commerce and many volunteers.
The annual event typically sees 5,000 people attend, with many family members and former residents returning to the community for the four day event.
For a full listing of Ice Cream Days events, visit the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce or any local business to pick up a brochure.