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Sheldon Celebration Days starts Thursday

SHELDON, Iowa -- If you can't find something to do in Sheldon this weekend, you're not looking hard enough.

The city's annual Sheldon Celebration Days begins Thursday night and is jam-packed with activities through Labor Day.

"It's a great opportunity for individuals to bring their families -- there's a little bit for everyone to do, there's something for every age group," said Shanelle Matus, director of the Sheldon Chamber and Development Corp.

New this year will be performances of "Annie Get Your Gun," presented by the newly formed Sheldon Community Theatre, and a Fun in the Park event. The Friday evening event will featuring a Hy-Vee grill-out picnic available for a nominal cost, and Iowa State Bank is sponsoring a jazz performance and movie screening that will be free to the public.

Food vendors will be in the city park all day Monday, and plenty of other favorites are sprinkled throughout the weekend.

"The big draws are definitely the car show, the Fly-In Pancake Breakfast, the free entertainment in the park and the parade," Matus said.

Most festival activities are listed below. For more details, registration information and a map, visit


6 to 7:30 p.m., picnic in the park

7 to 8:30 p.m., jazz duo Bella Ruse

8:45 p.m., "The Greatest Game Ever Played" movie showing


Noon, registration for water fights, near Sheldon Community Services Building on Fourth Avenue; fights start at 2 p.m.

10 a.m., mini rod tractor pulls, Sheldon Horse Arena on Washington Avenue

7:30 p.m., "Annie Get your Gun," presented by the Sheldon Community Theatre, high school auditorium

9 p.m. to 1 a.m., street dance


2 p.m., "Annie Get your Gun," presented by the Sheldon Community Theatre, high school auditorium

7 to 9 p.m., classic car cruise, Old Highway 60

6 p.m., community worship service, city park; rain site First Reformed Church, Washington Avenue


6:30 to 11 a.m., Fly-In Pancake Breakfast, Sheldon Regional Airport

6:30 to 7:45 a.m., registration for 5K walk/run and 10K run; races begin 8 a.m. at Northwest Iowa Community College

9 a.m. to noon, Union Depot Open House featuring artisans at work

9 a.m. to 1 p.m., farmers market, city park

9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Arts and Crafts in the Park, city park

9:30 a.m., baby races, east side of Playground Paradise

10 a.m., Bag Toss for the Red Cross, city park.

10 a.m., veterans opening ceremony, Sheldon Armed Services Memorial, city park

10 a.m. to noon, Sanford ZooExpress featuring animals and staff from the Great Plains Zoo, city park

10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Seventh annual Tractor and Equipment Display; inflatables, mini Ferris wheel and mini train for children, both in city park

10:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Mr. Twister balloon artist, city park

11 a.m., Hank Award Winner announced, city park

11 a.m., performing cowboy T. Texas Terry, city park

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., northwest Iowa singer Alex Jinkinson, city park stage

Noon to 4 p.m., Classic Car Show, Sheldon High School

12:30 to 1:15 p.m., George of the Juggle, city park

3:30 p.m., singer Stephanie Fish Heiberg, city park

2 p.m., Celebration Days Parade