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Primghar celebrates quasquicentennial

PRIMGHAR, Iowa -- Primghar - the county seat of O'Brien County, Iowa -- is celebrating its quasquicentennial with a full slate of special events scheduled throughout the weekend.

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The name of the community is one of its biggest sources of pride as it is "the only Primghar in the world." The town was named using the first letters of the first names of influential county officials and surveyors of the town, making it a one-of-a-kind name.

According to the town history, two other O'Brien County towns, Sheldon and Sanborn, tried to claim the county seat status -- one attempt including a raid to seize county records -- from Primghar during its early history, but Primghar's citizens managed to thwart such attempts and keep it permanently.

Although platted in 1872, the community didn't incorporate until 1888 -- hence the 125-year celebration this year.

The schedule of events includes:


8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., flea market vendors

Noon to 3 p.m., Heritage Park tours

2:30 to 4:30 p.m., postal pictorial postmark, Community Building

3 p.m., opening ceremonies, east side of O'Brien County Courthouse; winner of hot air balloon ride announced

3:30 p.m., veterans memorial dedication

4 p.m., free ice cream served

4 to 6 p.m., Mr. Twister balloon artist; local hometown talent show

4 to 6:30 p.m., quilt show, American Reformed Church

6:30 p.m., Power Parade

7:30 p.m., bonfire, pep rally and snake dance, Primghar School

Dusk, drive-in movie showing of "42," football field

9 p.m., street dance with music by MC Express


7:30 a.m., Fun Run-Walk, parking lot north of school

8 a.m., Baum Harmon Hospital Auxiliary breakfast

8 to 11 a.m., inflatables, demonstrations and entertainment, Heritage Park

9 a.m. to 5 p.m., flea market vendors

9 a.m. to 3 p.m., quilt show

9 a.m. to 1 p.m., car show registration and Show and Shine

11 a.m., parade

12:30 to 2:30 p.m., EMS building open house

1 to 3 p.m., car show judging; bingo

1:30 to 3:30 p.m. painting prairie flowers with Creative Spirits Okoboji; inflatables

1:30 to 3 p.m., Mercy Air Care helicopter at Primghar Mercy Medical Center

1 to 4 p.m., mini train rides

1, 3 and 5 p.m., Timberworks Lumberjack Show

1:30 p.m., basketball shoot-out contest

1:30 to 3:30 p.m., school tours

2 p.m., beard contest

2:30 p.m., free watermelon, courthouse square

2:30 to 5:30 p.m., photo booth

2:30 to 5 pm., Little Bitty Big Band

3 p.m., car show awards

4 p.m., Burnout

6 p.m., all-school reunion

8:30 p.m., auction and raffle drawings

9 p.m., street dance with music by Tripwire

10 p.m., fireworks


8 a.m., pancake breakfast

10 a.m., community worship service