Sesquicentennial celebration begins Thursday
Denison IA 51442
Denison's five-day Sesquicentennial celebration begins this Thursday, June
29, with opening ceremonies starting at 6 p.m. on Broadway in front of the
Crawford County Courthouse.
The itinerary for the opening ceremonies includes the introduction of the
Sesquicentennial core planning committee, a proclamation from Denison Mayor
Nathan Mahrt, announcement of the Denison Sesquicentennial Queen and King and
the two Sesquicentennial Princesses and Princes, a drawing for five $1,500
Sesquicentennial raffle winners and an auction of Sesquicentennial coins numbered
1, 2 and 3 by Pauley Auctioneers.
At 6:30 p.m., the events will move to Broadway on the east side of Main
Street for a kids' pie eating contest and a hot dog eating contest.
Toilet seat races, sponsored by the Community Link Mentoring Program, are
scheduled to begin at 6:45 p.m. on Broadway. People wanting to race toilets on
wheels and propelled by plungers can sign up beginning at 6:15 p.m. in front
of Thrifty White Pharmacy.
At 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, the Donna Reed Theatre will show the movie, "RV",
starring Robin Williams, for only $1.50. The movie will also be shown for
$1.50 admission on Friday, June 30, and Saturday, July 1, also at 7:30 p.m.
The following is a list of Sesquicentennial events the remaining four days
of Denison's 150th birthday:
Friday, June 30
- Canoe racing at Yellow Smoke Park, 4 p.m.: Three canoes will race at a
time with the best overall times winning prizes. Divisions for kids and adults.
- Inner tube racing at Yellow Smoke Park, 4 p.m.: Races for kids of all
- Denison Community Picnic, 5 p.m., Washington Park: Pack your picnic basket
and bring your folding chairs and blankets. Parking may be at a premium.
- Ice Cream Social, 6 p.m., Washington Park: 1,500 ice cream treats will be
distributed. The Crawford County 4-H will assist with this event.
Denison Talent Show, 6-7 p.m., Washington Park: Hosted by Greater Iowa
Credit Union. Call 263-2220 and ask for Barb or Nora to sign up.
Whiskey River Music, 7-9 p.m., Washington Park: A four-piece country bank
that plays classic country music.
Saturday, July 1
Sesquicentennial Golf Tournament, 9 a.m., Majestic Hills Golf Course.
Frisbee Golf Tournament, 9 a.m., Denison Aquatic Fun Center/Northside Rec:
The first 54 golfers will be entered in a challenging 18-hole tournament.
Shotgun start, 3 players per hold. Call the Denison Aquatic Fun Center at
263-8130 to register, or sign up at 8:30 a.m. if space is still available.
3-on-3 basketball tournament, 9 a.m., Denison High School gymnasium: There
is a $25 entry fee for each team. Four age divisions - students entering
grades 5 & 6, grades 7&8, grades 9&10 and grades 11&12. Each team is
three games. Awards for the first and second place teams in each division.
Moms & Daughters Softball Tournament, 9 a.m., Northside Rec fields: One
five-inning game of moms vs. daughters followed by a fun second five-inning game
with moms and daughters playing on a second team.
Arts & Crafts Show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Denison High School: Crafters from
throughout the area will showcase their wares and talents.
Mountain Lion Exhibit, 1-4 p.m., Yellow Smoke Park Nature Center: An
educational hands-on exhibit.
Denison Quilt Show, 1-4 p.m., Denison High School: Local quilting talents on
display. Old and new quilts will be displayed. For last minute quilters
wishing to display their talents, contact Jeri Hough at 263-6809.
Civil War Re-enactment, 1-4 p.m., Lakeside Shelter, Yellow Smoke Park,
conducted in conjunction with "Pioneer Day": Civil War characters with
Homestead Display (Pioneer Day), 1-4 p.m., Yellow Smoke Park: There's a
small $2 charge for the event, which includes candle making, rope making, corn
husk dolls, butter making, buffalo chop tossing and more.
Antique Appraisals, noon-3 p.m., Denison Elementary School: Joella Cohen and
Rodney Crawford from the Omaha Auction center will arbitrarily appraise the
first 100 items brought to this event. Participants are invited to bring one
item for appraisal, small enough to be carried in. There will be a $2 feet
Gun Show, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 30, July 1 and July 2, Crawford
Water Fun Contests, 2 p.m., Denison Aquatic Fun Center: Make a big splash
off the diving boards or see how fast you can go down the water slide. There
will be children's games for the young swimmers at the Children's Activity
Pool. Participation is by paid daily admission, punch card or Aquatic Center
Denison Fire Department Parade, 3 p.m.: Celebrating the Denison Fire
Department's 150th birthday. The parade route starts at Denison High School, travels
south on 16th Street to 4th Avenue North, goes west on 4th Avenue North to
Main Street, south to Broadway and then east on Broadway to 20th Street.
Denison Fire Department Open House, 5-8 p.m., Denison Fire Station: Fire
trucks and equipment on display. Demonstrations will be given on vehicle
extrication, dive team, haz-mat, pumping water and rappelling.
Beef Burger Roast, 5-8 p.m., Denison Fire Department: Burgers for a small
Denison All-School Reunion, 5 p.m., Boulders Conference Center: Sponsored by
the Denison Alumni Association.
Crawford County Relay For Life, 5 p.m.-midnight, Denison High School: A
fundraising event to help battle against cancer.
Youth Dance, 8-11 p.m., National Guard Armory: Event open to incoming
freshmen through outgoing seniors. The DJ "Celebrations" will play favorites.
Admission is $1.50 and soda pop and snacks will be available. There will be a
dance contest judged by members of the Denison Youth Council; prizes will be
awarded. Adult chaperones will be on hand.
Sunday, July 2
Kids Fishing Tournament, 8-11 a.m., Yellow Smoke Park: Sponsored by the
Izaak Walton League. Three age groups, 0-5, 6-10 and 10-15. Weight in of the fish
will begin at 11 a.m. The first three places in each age group will receive
a trophy. Young children need to be supervised by a parent, grandparent or
Historical Bus Tours of Denison, noon-3 p.m., begins at Denison High School:
A 30-45 minute guided school bus tour of Denison.
Beard Judging Contest, 12:30 p.m., Boulders Conference Center: Two age
categories, under 40 and over 41. $5 entry fee in any of the following categories:
1) Beards, trimmed and fullest; 2) Goatee; 3) Mustache, trimmed, fullest and
style (i.e., handlebars); 4) Most unusual (cleft, lamb chops, etc.); and 5)
Best overall appearance. Sign up is from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. People can
pre-enter by signing up at any hair salon in Denison.
Bill Riley Talent Show, 1 p.m., Boulders Conference Center: Cash prizes will
be awarded in both the Junior and Senior divisions. Rules are available for
the Iowa State Fair Bill Riley Talent Search on the Web at
or contact Sherri & Julie's Dance & Gymnastics at
Denison Sesquicentennial Pageant, 1 p.m., Boulders Conference Center.
Cemetery Walk, 1 p.m., Oakland Cemetery: Learn interesting facts about
people who have been a part of Denison history.
Arts & Crafts Show, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Denison High School.
Quilt Show, 1-4 p.m., Denison High School.
Figure 8 racing, 1-5 p.m., Crawford County Speedway: Two classes of
competition - front wheel drive and rear wheel drive. Gates open at noon. Pits open
at 11 a.m.
Cubapolis, 3 p.m., Northside Rec area: Watch Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and
other race their home-made "Cubmobiles" on 9th Avenue North. See separate story
elsewhere in this issue.
Beef Burger Bash, 5-8 p.m., Crawford County Fairgrounds: After the races and
before the free concert at the fairgrounds.
Fish Heads Concert, 8 p.m., Crawford County Fairgrounds: Free-will offering
accepted. Live music starts at 8 p.m. behind the grandstands. Bring your
folding chairs and relax.
Monday, July 3
Car Show, 1-6 p.m., Crawford County Fairgrounds: Restored and refurbished
Antique Tractor Show, 1-6 p.m., Crawford County Fairgrounds: Reminisce with
Denison Sesquicentennial Parade, 5 p.m.: The parade route starts at Denison
High School, travels south on 16th Street to 4th Avenue North, goes west on
4th Avenue North to Main Street, south to Broadway and then east on Broadway
to 20th Street.
Kids' Games and Adult Games, 6 p.m., Crawford County Fairgrounds: Sponsored
by the Community Link Mentoring Program. A variety of food items will also be
sold with proceeds going to assist the mentoring program.
White Horse Mounted Patrol Performance, 8-9 p.m., Crawford County
Gigantic Fireworks Display, 10 p.m., Crawford County Fairgrounds: The grand
finale to Denison's 150th birthday party, the largest fireworks display in
the history of Denison, with more than 2,000 fireworks shells launched by the
Denison Fire Department. The best seats will be in the grandstands at the
Crawford County Speedway. Parking will be at a premium. The rain date will be
Tuesday, July 4, at 10 p.m. A free-will offering will be taken.
For more information on any events, log onto the Denison Sesquicentennial
Web site at www.Denison150.com
Other Sesquicentennial notes:
Volunteers are still needed for some events. People should call the CDC
office at 263-5621 to volunteer.
Seventy of the 100 cases of the Denison Sesquicentennial Cookbooks have
already been sold. There will be no re-orders.
Denison Sesquicentennial $5 coins are still for sale but are going fast.
Contact any Denison financial institution, credit union or jewelry store for
Sesquicentennial history books should be available around June 30.
A Sesquicentennial memorabilia trailer will be at several events throughout
the celebration, including the All-School Reunion on Saturday night, for
people to purchase items.
The fee for food vendors as now been waived. Instead, groups that sell food
will be asked to contribute whatever they feel that can to the
Sesquicentennial committee. Noon on Wednesday, June 28, is the deadline to sign up to be
food vendor to arrange for electric hookups. People or groups would still
need to fill out a vendor's application, available on at www.Denison150.com
at the CDC office at 263-5621.