Cottonwood Days 2017

If you are from the Dakota City area or just love community festivals, you won't want to miss Cottonwood Days 2017. This coming weekend, August 18-20th is the 6th Annual Cottonwood Days in Dakota City, Nebraska. All events appear to be at Cottonwood Cove Park at Hickory & S. 13th in Dakota City, NE unless otherwise noted. Here is some of the fun you and your family can expect this weekend:

Fri 8/185-8pm cookout with burgers, hot dogs, popcorn, and chips9:30pm outdoor movie Sat 8/19 food and craft vendors beginning at 8amtours of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church by the Dakota County Historical Association from 9am to 1pm10am parade from American Legion hall on S 21st going down Brodway and ending at Cottonwood Cove Park10am car show11am Kids Zone opens featuring inflatables, games, and arts and crafts11am Horsehoes and Volleyball tournamentsnoon-4pm Old Fashioned Games like water games and tire flipping2pm Watermelon eating contest4pm City Council vs Fire Department Corn Eating Cont…

Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve 20th Anniversary Celebration

This Saturday, August 12th is the 20th annual celebration of Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve's official opening in 1997 as a South Dakota State Park and to the public as a center of learning, nature, history, and fun.  Steven Searls Adams and his family originally homesteaded the area in the 1870's, and his granddaughters donated the land to the State of South Dakota in the 1980's hoping it would be a place where children could learn about nature and where everyone could be refreshed. Since then it has beomes 1500 acres of exactly that.

in celebration, this Saturday from 8am to 4pm you can enjoy:

Kids GamesPie Contest (bring pies by 10:30am to enter; judging will be held at 11:30am and will be based on appearance, texture, and taste)Threshing machine demoCorn shellingCandle makingTin punchingRope makingBuffalo chip throwingFace paintingWatermelon seed spittingLive MusicDutch oven cooking demosFood available for purchase And one of the things my family is most excited fo…

Sergeant Bluff Pioneer Valley Days

Sergeant Bluff is hosting their 42nd annual Pioneer Days festival on August 10-13th 2017 at the Sergeant Bluff Rec Complex (unless otherwise noted). Some of the fun you can expect to find includes
Thurs 8/10:
6:30pm Prince and Princess Contest at Community Center (winners and runners up get to ride in parade Saturday and all participants receive a prize)
Fri 8/11
9am Pickleball Tournament ($10 per person) 7pm Big wheels race for ages 4-10 (free)
7pm Petting zoo (free)
9pm/Dusk Drive In Movie: Beauty and the Beast (free)
Sat 8/12
7:30am 5k Race ($25)
8am 27 mile bike race ($20 for adults, $15 for kids)
10am Parade (free) 11am Small business fair 11am-6pm live music 11am Backyard BBQ Bash ($5 for taste test card) 11am 3-on-3 Soccer Tournament for high school and older ($40 per team) 11:30am Wiffleball tournament for 3rd-8th graders ($50 per 5 player team) 11:30 Co-ed Volleyball tournament ($80 per team) 11:30am Bags tournament ($30 per two person team) 11:30am Horseshoes tournament ($10 per…

How to save 7% with Iowa Tax Free Weekend

This Friday and Saturday is Iowa's annual Tax Free Weekend. To encourage customers customer to do their back to school shopping in Iowa stores, the State of Iowa has declared the first Friday and Saturday of August--Friday the 4th and Saturday the 5th this year--to be tax free for clothes and shoes under $100 per item!
Any store in Iowa that sells clothing or shoes should be participating! Online participation may vary but check with your favorites in case they are!
Any clothes or shoes, except shoes and equipment classified as sports gear are not included.
A few items specifically mentioned by the state include:
Tax exempt: SneakersBootsCoatsBaby clothesSwimsuitsCloth diapersDisposable diapersJeansBrasUnderwearSocksLeotardsTightsReceiving blanketsDressesScarves Boots
Taxed as usual: BackpacksCleatsBallet shoesFabricAlterationsSunglassesElbow padsWatchesPursesBaseball glovesHelmetsShin guards
Sales: Yes! If an item or set of items …

National Night Out 2017 in Siouxland

Get ready for the biggest block party in the country! On Tuesday, August  1, 2017 communities across the US are planning fun get togethers for National Night Out.

Sioux City In Sioux City, there are 8 different locations, which will have free food and activities like bounce houses, games and prizes. In past years there have also been opportunities for kids to check out the vehicles of the Sioux City Fire Rescue heroes who come join in the fun!

Here are the participating locations in Sioux City:

Cook ParkGrandma Moos ParkLatham ParkLief Erickson ParkMid-City ParkRiverside Lutheran ChurchSiouxland Youth for ChristSt. Mark Lutheran Church

You can find more info about the Sioux City events by checking out the Sioux City National Night Out 2017 Facebook event

Surrounding areas South Sioux City National Night Out will be at College Center from 6-8pm

North Sioux City will celebrate National Night out from 6-8pm at Dakota Valley Elementary school with food, fun, and a waterslide!
In LeMars, N…

Nebraska 2017 Tourism Passport Program

Much like Sioux City's Tourist in Your Town program, the State of Nebraska has an annual tourism Nebraska Passport and fun prizes for participating travelers. Here is how you can participate!
Get a passport You can order a paper passport online to be mailed to your house, or you can pick it up at your first stop! They are much bigger and prettier than I expected:

You can also use a digital passport by downloading the free Nebraska Passport android app or Apple ios app. Visit fun places There are 80 places you can visit to get stamps on your passport, all across Nebraska. The closest to Sioux City is the Main Street Thriftique in Pender, Nebraska. At each stop you need to get a stamp in your paper passport, or login with the app. The Nebraska Passport website also says you may take a selfie at an attraction as another type of entry and then send it to them to be counted with you other stops!

Win Prizes! Everyone who turns in a passport with at least one stop is entered into a dra…

Lawton Fest 2017

The City of Lawton, just a few minutes East of Sioux City is hosting Lawton Fest this weekend and you will want to be part of the fun! Here are a few of the fun activities happening:

Thursday A kids royalty contest will be held at 6pm at the Friendship Center (participants must register by 7/12) and at 6:30pm there will be sidewalk chalk fun at the Lawton Memorial Park. Friday The Parade is at Friday night at 6pm and leaves from the high school, then goes west to Elm Street, north on Elm to East Maple, then back down to the high school.

After the parade, there will be  a bounce house and lots of other fun at Tara Way Park including a pie eating contest at 8pm.

Then at 8:30pm the movie Boss Baby will be projected at the park!

Saturday Saturday of Lawton Fest kicks off with circus tent raising at 9:30am at The Old School Site
Then from 10:30-1:30 shop the vendor park at Tara Way Park, buy BBQ at the park from Killer B's, and at 11 am, join in free yoga in front of the Presbyterian …