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Ice Creams Days continue through Saturday

Thursday, July 3, 2003

Jim Pluenger - pie eating contest
Volunteers and city crews are assembling fence around the Paul and Patty Olson Cultural Events Center for Thursday's "Rock in the Center" musical event with bands The Knack and Survivor.

Gates open at 7:30 p.m. for the 8:30 p.m. event at the corner of First Street and First Avenue Northeast. Wristbands for admission are sold at the gate and concessions are available inside. Proper ID is required for alcoholic beverages sold by the Knights of Columbus.

During Wednesday 63 teams will participate in the YMCA's three-on-three basketball tournament in the 010 block of Central Avenue North.

Friday, July 4 gets off to a shotgun start at the Le Mars Municipal Golf Course. The tournament includes a three-person scramble and six-some.

The flea market at the Plymouth County Historical Museum, 335 First Ave. S.W., will seek buyers for collectibles, antiques and other treasures in the gym at the southwest corner. Concessions are available at the museum in addition to the root beer floats sold in the Miller's Lunch exhibit from 1 to 5 p.m. and the free watermelon feed at 3 p.m. The "American Tour of Duty" military exhibit is featured at the museum.

The parade starts from the Plymouth County Fairgrounds at 9 a.m., traveling west on Sixth Street Northeast to Central Avenue to turn south, ending at the Eighth Street South boulevard. During that time the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce will be selling concessions in the 600 block of Central Avenue South at Foster Park. Grills will be heating up for turkey legs and other sandwiches with ice cream to cool off spectators as volunteers continue at the stand throughout the afternoon.

Foster Park is the site for Arts and Crafts in the Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. From 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. the Children's Learning Fair will be located at Foster Park, 600 Central Ave. S.E.

At 1:30 p.m. the popular tour around the Foster Park area will start at the museum, 335 First Ave. S.W., with a "Stroll Down Ol' Main." Walking from Fourth Street to Eighth Street South on Central Avenue, the former Main Street, listeners learn about the Victorian homes, early families and Le Mars history.

From 6 to 8 p.m. is the "River Ride" at the newly renovated Le Mars Municipal Swimming Pool, 300 12th St. S.E. The event is free to YMCA members; others pay a small fee. Swimmers -- or rather floaters -- are invited to bring inner tubes or rafts to ride the "river."

The Le Mars Kiwanis Club will be serving ice cream from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. before and after the 7:30 p.m. concert by the Noteables. The group of Le Mars Community High School alumni reunite for a Big Band sound at the free concert.

Sky Show 2003 starts shooting around 10 p.m. from the Plymouth County Fairgrounds, 500 Fourth Ave. N.E. Fireworks are synchronized to music on KLEM 1410 AM radio. The fireworks are funded through deposit money from cans or plastic bottles left orange bin in the Hy-Vee parking lot. The last day for the Girl Scouts to sort the cans for deposits is July 16.

Saturday, July 5 starts with a historical tour of the Plymouth County Courthouse, 215 Fourth Ave. S.E., starting on the front steps. The building is one of only two portage-entry red sandstone courthouses in the U.S. Its courtroom events have attracted national attention several times in its history.

From 10 a.m. to 12 noon the Le Mars Municipal Airport on U.S. Highway 75 South will host a sport plane display and demonstration with spectator participation. Introductory flight lessons will be sponsored by the Ultra Flights. Concessions will be available at the airport until 2 p.m.

At 12 noon is the fast-moving one-hour show with music and narration for humorous flights by the Golden Kernels Air Show Team. Lawn chairs and blankets are suggested for spectators to enjoy novelty flights such as the Flying Lawnmower, Snoopy's Doghouse, the Columbia Space Shuttle and the Flying Stop Sign. Kite flying follows at the airport until 2 p.m.

All of Ice Cream Days from 1 to 5 p.m. displays are on view at the Le Mars Arts Center, 200 Central Ave. S.E. The former Carnegie Library features the Le Mars Autograph Collection donated by Don Mitchell, a Westmar College alumnus. The July exhibit features art by John Vander Stelt, creator of the Wells' Dairy 90th anniversary print.

Root beer floats are sold from 1 to 5 p.m. each day at the Miller's Lunch exhibit of the Plymouth County Historical Museum, 335 First Ave. S.W.

The Noteables will also play for the concert and dance from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the museum, which is the gymnasium of the former "Old Central" of Le Mars Community High School. Alumni and others will be able to relive the "Sno-Ball." Tickets are available at the doors which open at 6:30 p.m. Sandwiches and other refreshments will be for sale throughout the event which offers a winter wonderland during a hot July.

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