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‘Leaving Iowa’ performance to kick off Sheldon’s Celebration Days

SHELDON, Iowa -- Sheldon Community Theatre will kick off the community's Celebration Days this week with performances of "Leaving Iowa." The play will be staged at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Sheldon High School auditorium.

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Other Saturday events include open gym from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Northwest Iowa Lifelong Learning and Recreation Center (LLRC); mini rod tractor pulls at 1:30 p.m. at the Sheldon Horse Arena; and a street dance featuring Madison Bower and the Straight-On Band from 8 p.m. to midnight in Langer's Bar and Grill parking lot.

The schedule on Sunday also features a community worship service and ice cream social at 6 p.m. in City Park; and Classic Car Cruise from 7 to 10 p.m. at Cook's Cafe/Langer's Bar and Grill.

The festival gets into full swing on Monday with a packed slate of events:

6:30 to 11 a.m., fly-in pancake breakfast and aircraft display, Sheldon Regional Airport

8 a.m. (registration beginning at 7:40 a.m.), 5k walk/10k run and 1-mile fun run/walk, Northwest Iowa LLRC

9 a.m. to noon, Union Depot open house

9 a.m. to 1 p.m., farmers market, City Park

9 a.m. to 4 p.m., arts and crafts and Re-Read,Re-Use and Recycle event, City Park; classic car show, Sheldon High School

9 a.m. to noon and 4 to 6 p.m., Sheldon Prairie Queen Museum open, Fourth Avenue and 10th Street

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., inflatables, mini Ferris wheel, mini train and photo booth, west end of City Park

9:30 to 10:30 a.m., comic ventriloquist James Wedgewood, east ball diamond, City Park

10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., tractor and equipment display, west ball diamond, City Park

10 a.m., Veterans Opening Ceremony, Sheldon Armed Services Memorial, City Park

10:30 to 1:30 and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Mr. Twister, west of information booth, City Park

11 a.m. to noon, physical comedian Kenny Alhern, east ball diamond, City Park

Noon, Cow Patty Bingo begins, City Park

12:30 to 1:30 p.m., comic magician Jerry Frasier, east ball diamond, City Park

Prior to parade, "Mr. Gooseman" Paul Messerschmidt with dressed-up geese and other small animals, City Park

2 p.m., parade, downtown Sheldon