A family-friendly weekend filled with food, fun and entertainment is returning for Garner’s largest event of the summer.
Duesey Days, organized by the Garner Chamber of Commerce, will take place Friday and Saturday.
“It’s our alumni weekend,” said Amber Jenniges, Garner Chamber of Commerce executive director. “A lot of people will come back for class reunions and a lot of people have their family reunions ... It’s just a fun weekend.”
Duesey Days — in its 39th year — celebrates the legacy of one of America’s premier cars, the Duesenberg, designed by former Garner resident August Duesenberg, and his brother, Frederick.
In the late 1890s, the brothers operated bicycle-and-motorcycle shops in Garner and Rockford, respectively. They moved to Des Moines in the early 1900s and started Duesenberg Motor Co. in 1913.
Jenniges said the celebration attracts 5,000 to downtown Garner for the weekend, and she anticipates the event will be even bigger next year when the city celebrates its sesquicentennial.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re from Garner or not, come and enjoy the festivities and the food,” she said.
For those looking to make the most of Duesey Days, here are 10 things you won’t want to miss:
The “Sprucing Up Garner” parade will begin at 10 a.m. downtown and feature dozens of organizations, businesses and community members. It’ll start at Concord Care Center and end at Clear Lake Bank & Trust Company.
This year’s grand marshals are Earl and Linda Webner, Garner natives who’ve dedicated countless hours to beautifying the city’s Central Park, boulevards and entrance. They’ve also been involved with the Garner Vision Committee, Garner Volunteer Ambulance Service and Hancock County Relay for Life.
2. Food and craft vendors
A variety of food and craft vendors will be downtown from 4-8 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.
The Duesey D’Arts Art Show will take place 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday at the library.
3. Live entertainment
The two-day festival features local and regional entertainment for all ages.
Just Listen Entertainment will provide music at 4 p.m. Friday on the Central Park stage ahead of Little Miss Duesey contest and grand marshals’ interview. Local band 4th & Maben will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at the Garner VFW Post. On Saturday, Nichole’s Dance will perform from 12:15-1 p.m. and local vocalists and entertainment will take the stage until 2 p.m.
Headliner Rhino, a five-member, high-energy Twin Cities band playing an array of modern, alternative, ’80s and classic rock with twists of country, will perform 8 p.m.-midnight Saturday. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets for the concert, sponsored by Pritchard Auto, cost $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Attendees must be 21 or older.
4. Little Miss Duesey
Six- and 7-year-olds living in Garner or attending Garner-Hayfield-Ventura School will compete in the Little Miss Duesey Days contest at 6 p.m. Friday in Central Park.
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The contest, sponsored by the Wa-Tan-Ye Club of Garner in conjunction with the chamber, is limited to 15 contestants.
5. Cornhole tournament
Two-person teams will compete in a double-elimination cornhole tournament from 5:30-8 p.m. Friday on the south side of Central Park. Registration begins at 5 p.m. It costs $10 per team. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three teams.
6. Community Feud
Community Feud will return to the stage in Central Park from 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday with 10 five-person teams, including businesses and alumni classes, going head-to-head for bragging rights.
7. Car show
The Garner Duesey Days Show & Shine Car Show, which is held rain or shine, will take place from noon-3:30 p.m. Saturday on State Street. Registration is from 9 a.m.-noon. Awards will be given for Mayor’s Choice, Best Paint, Best Engine, Overall Showstopper and Chamber’s Choice. Admission is free.
8. Children’s activities
There’s no shortage of activities for children during Duesey Days.
Inflatables will be available on the south side of Central Park from 5-8 p.m. Friday and 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. A balloon artists, face painting and archery will also be downtown Saturday.
An activity night for fifth- through eighth-grade students will be held from 8-10 p.m. Friday at the Veterans Memorial Recreation Center with free pizza, snacks and games.
Bingo will be from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Central Park. Kids’ water ball fights will take place 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the fire station.
Levey the Great, a hypnotist whose been providing family entertainment in North Iowa for more than 15 years, will take the stage at 7 p.m. Friday. His free family-friendly show is loaded with “fascinating illusions, unbelievable acts of hypnosis, comedic routines and audience participation.”
10. 2-mile or 10K
Runners and walkers are welcome to participate in the Duesey Days 2-mile and 10K events, organized by the Garner Parks and Recreation department, at 7:45 a.m. Saturday at Central Park. Registration is from 6:30-7:30 a.m.
Proceeds from the events will go toward equipment purchases, facility improvements and youth programs.
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Hwy 9 to perform at Charles City’s Party in the Park
Party in the Park will be held in Charles City, 5-9 p.m. Friday, July 12 at Central Park.
The party’s theme is “Family Game Night,” and will feature food and beverage vendors, activities for kids, and live music from area rock cover group Hwy 9.
Central Park is located on the 300 block of Main Street in Charles City. Visitors are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket for sitting. Admission is free.
Visit the Charles City Chamber’s Facebook page for more details or go to www.charlescitychamber.com.
Clear Lake Farmers Market open Saturday
Clear Lake Farmers Market will be open 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, July 13 in the Surf Ballroom parking lot, located at 460 N Shore Drive, Clear Lake.
The market hosts a large number of area vendors. Shoppers can purchase fruits, vegetables, eggs, beef, baked goods, desserts, homemade soaps and candles, Iowa-cultivated maple syrup, art, textiles, and jewelry. There is also a weekly Kid’s Activity Table.
All vendors accept cash, but some accept cards, WIC, and senior FMNP, as well.
The 2019 season runs every Saturday, through Oct. 19. For details, or to register as a vendor, visit www.clearlakefarmersmarket.com.
The Surf Ballroom & Museum will welcome veteran performers Ken Kilian’s Classic Big Band on Sunday, as part of its big band series.
Ken Kilian is a Wisconsin musician with over 40 years of playing experience. His band is comprised of five saxophones, six to eight brass instruments, a full rhythm section, and a vocalist all blending to deliver its traditional swing sound.
Tickets are $15 and booths are available with the purchase of four or more tickets. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Call 641-357-6151 or visit www.surfballroom.com for details. The Surf Ballroom is located at 460 N Shore Dr., Clear Lake.
The Bicycle, Blues & BBQ Festival returns to North Iowa
Clear Lake’s Bicycle, Blues & BBQ Festival will be held Thursday, July 11-Sunday, July 14, featuring music, food vendors, craft beer tasting (ages 21+), and bicycle show, alongside the bike races.
The event kicks off with a performance by Walter Trout at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Surf Ballroom. Music begins Friday at 5 p.m. in City Park with performances by Ross William Perry, Heather Newman, and Dee Miller.
Omnium races begin at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Lions Field. The fast-paced criterium race follows at 11 a.m. in City Park. A beer tasting will run noon-4 p.m., and live music begins at 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, a road race starts at Tourist Park on South Shore Drive, at 10 a.m. The festival concludes with an awards ceremony at 3 p.m.
The event is free to attend, and the competition is open to all skill levels. Maps and registration information are available at www.bicyclebluesbbq.com.
Kinney Pioneer to host ice cream social
Kinney Pioneer Museum is holding its annual Homemade Ice Cream Day, Sunday, July 14, 1-5 p.m.
Kids and adults are invited to participate in hands-on activities and make ice cream by helping to turn the crank on an old-fashioned ice cream freezer.
The museum exhibits thousands of unique, vintage items. From rare, classic vehicles to early agricultural machinery to antique dolls and tools, visitors get an educational view of local pioneer life.
Regular admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children. The ice cream is an additional $2.
Kinney Pioneer Museum is located on Highway 122 West, one mile east of Interstate 35, at the Mason City Municipal Airport entrance.
North Iowa Farmers Market open Friday
North Iowa Farmers Market continues this Friday in the city parking lot, located at the corner of First Street Northeast and North Delaware Avenue in Mason City.
Local vendors provide a variety of fresh-picked, seasonal produce, homemade baked goods, jams and jellies, honey, and handcrafted items.
Tuesday markets feature the Power of Produce Club, a free children's program which provides $2 market vouchers and tastings for participants, through August 20.
All vendors accept cash, but many accept cards and SNAP as well.
The summer season runs every Tuesday and Friday, May 21-Oct. 18, with a rain location in the basement of First Congregational Church.
For details, or vendor registration information, visit www.northiowafarmersmarket.com.
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Local RC club hosts learning event
River City Radio Control Club will be holding its weekly Novice Night 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16.
The public is invited to learn how to be an RC pilot or watch as radio-controlled hobby planes are piloted remotely from the ground.
Free lessons take place every Tuesday night through August, and all necessary equipment is provided.
River City Radio Control Club is a remote control aircraft club based in North Iowa. Its flying field is located directly north of Super Target, along the east edge of the Mason City Motor Speedway at 3700 Fourth St. SW, Mason City.
For more information about the event or club membership, visit www.rivercityrcclub.com.
Moonlight Movies at East Park Bandshell provides unique entertainment experience
Moonlight Movies at East Park Bandshell is presenting Disney's "Moana" at dusk Saturday, July 12.
During the summer months, dusk typically falls near 8:30 p.m., but many viewers come early to find a seat, socialize, and enjoy activities in the park.
The all-volunteer event takes place throughout the summer, with each show sponsored by an area business. Family-friendly movies are projected on the walls of the historic bandshell, near the south entrance points of Mason City's East Park.
Bring a lawn chair, insect repellent, a cooler with snacks and soft drinks, and a plastic bag to take trash out of the park. Admission is free.
Mason City Municipal Band tol give final performance of season Thursday evening
The Mason City Municipal Band will perform Thursday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m., on the North Federal Plaza. The band is conducted by Russ Kramer; Bob Fisher is the announcer.
This week’s program:
“The Star-Spangled Banner”…Key - Smith
“Military Escort”…Bennett - Fennell
“Orpheus Overture”…Offenbach - Lake/Kent
“Hello, Dolly”…Herman - Cacavas
“The Florentiner”…Fuick - Fennell
“Irish Tune from Country Derby”…Grainger - Rogers
“Highlights from Corgy and Bess”…Gershwin - Yoder
“The Iowa Band Law”…King
“America the Beautiful”…Ward - Dragon