Ready to celebrate the Fourth
There’s lots to do this Fourth of July in Emmet County and the Lakes area.
The 66th annual Estherville Flight Breakfast will be held from 7-11 a.m. Friday at the Estherville Airport just east of Estherville.
Enjoy a breakfast of pancakes, eggs and sausage and plane rides, free pony rides, a kids activity tent, the Northwest Iowa Jazz Band, radio-controlled planes and a classic car display by the Black Knights Car Club of Estherville.
Breakfast will be $7 for adults and $4 for children. Pilots who fly in eat for free.
The Armstrong Betterment Club will again hold its annual Fourth of July celebration.
The parade, which will be held at 1 p.m., starts at the west gate of the football field and continues west on Fourth Avenue to Sixth Street (Main Street) and south to Armstrong Mercantile and east to Columbian Boulevard then north to Highway 15.
The kiddy parade will start on the southeast side of the school and go to Armstrong Corner Mercantile then turn east and stop there if children so choose. However, they may continue through the whole route.
The staging area for horses is off Highway 15 on the Emmet County shed property on Columbian Boulevard.
Prizes of $150, $100 and $75 will be awarded for first, second and third places in the family, commercial and organizational categories. Kiddy parade prizes are $25, $20 and $15 and all kiddy entries that do not win get $5. Anyone who wants to have a parade entry may contact Vickie Rooney at P.O. Box 407, Armstrong, IA 50514 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday at the Armstrong city park there will be food stands, track and field events at the football field, a pedal tractor pull, kracker box races and three-on-three basketball. There will also be inflatables for all ages.
New features are a horsedrawn trolley and petting zoo.
Ladies of the Eighties will play Saturday night from 8 p.m. to midnight. Fireworks will be held at 10 p.m.
The Black Knights will also hold a cruise-in 6:30-10 p.m. on North Sixth Street just west of Library Square in downtown Estherville. A short cruise will take place at 7:30 and there will be oldies music and family fun.
The Fourth of July fireworks display over West Okoboji starts at about 10 p.m.