Activities announced for 4th of July week in Humboldt

The Run White and Blue 5k and 10k road races begin and end on Sumner Avenue in downtown Humboldt, beginning at 8 a.m. on Thursday, July 4. This is a scene from the beginning of last year's race. Humboldt Independent file photo.

There will be several activities to celebrate the 4th of July in Humboldt next week.
Activities will kick off with the Farmer’s Market in Bicknell Park on Wednesday, July 3, from 4-7 p.m. There are new vendors and new produce and products and something different every week. Saturday Farmer’s Markets run from 8 a.m. to noon at Bicknell Park. There will be one on Saturday, July 6.
Independence Day will begin in a patriotic and fit way with the Run White and Blue 10k and 5k walk/runs beginning on Sumner Avenue at US Bank. The walk/run can be competitive or recreational leisure. Dogs on leashes and youth in strollers are welcome if accompanied by their owners.
All of the proceeds go to the Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight veterans in Humboldt County wanting to go to Washington, D.C. Six Humboldt County vets have signed up for the next flight, which leaves Saturday, Sept. 21. More may sign up.
The walk/run will begin promptly at 8 a.m. and will include a route on streets in Humboldt/Dakota City and the Three Rivers Trail.
The entry fee is $25 until July 2, or $30 the day of the race. T-shirts are only guaranteed for preregistered participants. T-shirts for same day registrants will be available on a first come first served basis.
People can sign up at and search “Run White & Blue” or find the Run White & Blue Run – Humboldt on Facebook.
Tonya Heier and Alex Rhead are organizing the event.
A 4th of July tradition for many families are the harness races at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds.
This year, special races will be held Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5 at the fairgrounds with post time for the first race kicking off at 12:30 p.m. both days.
The VFW will be serving food under the grandstand both days from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Look for a season long schedule of harness races in this week's Humboldt Independent.
The annual 4th of July parade will kick off Thursday, July 4 at 7 p.m. in downtown Humboldt. Entries are due to the Humboldt/Dakota City Chamber Office by today (Thursday, June 27).
The route will be the same as most years, starting on 1st Avenue North and Taft Street, going south on 8th Street North and then east on Sumner Avenue, north on 4th Street North and back west on 4th Avenue North, concluding at Taft Park.
There are normally more than 175 entries in the parade, which normally runs 90 minutes.
This year's grand marshal will be Humboldt State Champion and undefeated 145-pound wrestler, Joey Busse. Busse's unblemished senior season was punctuated with exciting 4-2 and 4-3 wins in the state semifinals and finals, concluding a 4-0 state tournament. Busse is the school's all-time win leader with a Wildcat mat record of 174-26.
New H/DC Chamber administrative coordinator Cassie Harklau said she is very excited about this year’s events in the community.
People wanting to register for the parade can stop by the Chamber office (604 Sumner Ave.) today from 8:30-2:30 p.m. or they can register online at the Humboldt/Dakota City Chamber Facebook page. Questions may be directed to Harklau at (515) 332-1481 or via email at:
Following the parade, after dusk, people congregate at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds.
While at the Fairgrounds, people can enjoy a meal courtesy of the Humboldt Lion’s Club, serving in the Humboldt County Events Center from 6 p.m. until dark.
The day is capped off with the Independence Day fireworks display at 10 p.m. at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds. Humboldt firefighter Russ Seiler and his crew of helpers do a great job providing a safe environment for the community display.
The display is known as one of the finest in north central Iowa, with around 1,800 shells fired. The display costs in excess of $10,000 to put on, thanks to the generosity of local community donations from organizations, businesses and individuals.
Every year, firefighters walk through the parade route with the money collected going toward next year’s display.
“We encourage people to fill the boots, because the more we raise the better show we can provide next year,” Seiler said.
Consumer grade fireworks may only be legally discharged in the city of Humboldt on Wednesday, July 3 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Thursday, July 4 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Consumer fireworks are not allowed to be discharged within 500 feet of the parade route or within 500 feet of the Humboldt County Fairgrounds. Violators may be fined up to $750. See all the news of the week in this week's edition of The Humboldt Independent, on sale at local outlets or subscribe by clicking on the link above. Like the Humboldt Independent on Facebook.

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