Many activities planned for holiday weekend

Ramona and Elwin Hodges, Humboldt residents for the past 57 years, will be the honorary 4th of July Parade Grand Marshals this year. Elwin was honored recently for celebrating 60 years in Lions. Humboldt Independent photo.

Humboldt County will be abuzz with excitement this holiday weekend with a number of events and activities to provide entertainment for the entire family.
It all starts with the Humboldt Downtown Farmer’s Market on Saturday, July 2, from 8 a.m. to noon. The Humboldt Fire Department will have a fire truck and there will be a special appearance by Smokey the Bear. Citizens are urged to “Fill the Boot with Loot,” to support the Chamber Fireworks fund.
Also Saturday, July 2, there will be a Purple House Party Crafts and Vendor Show at LeeAnn’s Creations, 504 1st Ave. North in Dakota City from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
There will be motorcycle drags at the Humboldt County Dragway on Penn Avenue east of Humboldt on Saturday, July 2. Tune-ups start at 11 a.m. with elimination races beginning at 3 p.m. A special feature will be nitro Harley races at 2 and 5 p.m. Admission is $10.
Also on Saturday, July 2, there will be a special catch wrestling clinic at 2 p.m. at Bicknell Park, put on by clinician Roy Wood from Wigan, England, along with Dr. Raul Ramirez, executive director of the Catch Wrestling Alliance. The event is in advance of the first-ever Frank Gotch Catch Wrestling World Championship Tournament Sunday, July 3, at the Humboldt High School gym, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 10-18, and under 10 are admitted free. Concessions and some wrestling related items will be for sale.
Sunday and Monday, July 3-4, Iowa Harness Racing Association races will take place at the Humboldt Fairgrounds track with racing beginning at 12:30 p.m. both days. The Humboldt-Dakota City Noon Kiwanis will offer concessions.
On Monday, July 4, the Humboldt West River Rec Center will be sponsoring a 5K walk/run beginning at US Bank on Sumner Avenue. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m., with the walk/run beginning at 8 a.m.
The annual 4th of July parade will begin at 7 p.m., with line-up at 6 p.m. The parade will begin at the intersection of Taft Street North and 1st Avenue North and will travel to 8th Street and then east on Sumner Avenue, north on 4th Street and west on 4th Avenue North, ending at Taft Park. People are asked to bring their own chairs and blankets along the parade route.
This year’s Grand Marshals will be Elwin and Ramona Hodges. The couple have been erstwhile community volunteers since moving to Humboldt in 1959.
A special attraction in this year’s parade will be Jim and Peggy Day’s award-winning Blue Ribbon Days six-horse hitch.
On Monday, July 4, after the July 4th parade, the annual fireworks display will cap off the weekend activities at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds after dark, put on by Russ Seiler and his firefighting crew. The display never fails to excite and dazzle and is recognized as one of the best fireworks displays in north central Iowa.
The Humboldt Lions Club will have concessions at the Humboldt County Events Center during the parade and prior to the fireworks display inside the Humboldt County Events Center building.
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