Sac City celebrates with Chautauqua Days

SAC CITY – The annual Chautauqua Days is set for July 3-6 in Sac City as part of the city’s annual Fourth of July celebration.

The celebration starts off on Thursday at 7 p.m. with the Scoop the Loop. People participating in the Sac City Show and Shine car show the next day are invited to drive up and down Main Street.

“It’s great to come out the night before the Fourth,” Brandy Ripley, director of Chamber Main Street, said. “The old Camaros and the other old cars are fun to see.”

Ice cream shops will also be open during Scoop the Loop. Hutches Cafe and The Scoop will both serve ice cream specials that evening.

There will also be root beer floats at Park View that evening.

Most of the festivities take place on the Fourth of July, though. The morning starts off with a waffle breakfast hosted by the Jackson 4-H Club at 8 a.m.

This year organizers are trying to introduce mud volleyball. Ripley said she is concerned that, because of the recent storms.

Chautauqua Park may be flooded. If it’s not flooded, mud volleyball will begin at 10:30 a.m. there.

The Sac City Show and Shine car and antique tractor show starts at noon. Registration begins at 10 a.m. Trophies will be presented to the owners of the men’s, women’s and children’s favorite cars, as well as to the best tractor.

A parade will march down Main Street at 4 p.m. Parade participants will line up at 3 p.m. at North 16th Street.

Ripley said the events reflect the town’s efforts.

“It’s a lot of community pride that puts these events together,” she said.

After the parade, there will be an ice cream social and, for the first time, games for both kids and adults.

An old-fashioned-style picnic will take place at the Sac Community Center. It starts at 5 p.m.

The picnic lasts “until the food is gone,” Ripley said.

The day will end with a fireworks display at 10 p.m.

On Saturday, there will be a youth triathlon at 8 a.m. and an adult triathlon that starts at 9 a.m.

This year Chautauqua Days is being spear-headed by the Chamber, Ripley said.