It takes more than a record-breaking flood to keep the Chamber of Commerce and the town of Cherokee from celebrating in style the Fourth of July.
The show will go on as the Little Sioux Summer Festival trades boats for bikes and leaves the Horse Arena for the higher ground of the Depot.
Those Depot activities include the following:
8 a.m. to Noon - Farmers Market
8:30 a.m. to Noon - Bike Ride start and end at the Depot
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Art Show
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Food Vendors
Noon to 4 p.m. - Children's Activities
Noon to 4 p.m. - Car & Cycle Show and Shine
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. - BBQ Pulled Pork Meal (fee charged)
The Fun Run will still occur and will start at MHI grounds at 8:30 a.m.
Other activities had to be cancelled because of the flooding.
The Little Sioux Valley Model Railroad will be operating at the Depot on
Saturday and Sunday as already scheduled.
Organizers ask area residents to please attend the 2010 Festival and enjoy events during the day at the Depot, and later Saturday support and enjoy the popular Street Dance on East Main Street.
Although the canoe float, fishing derby and canoe races are no longer in the Festival agenda, those attending the celebration are invited to exchange their boats for bikes to take part in the festival bike ride on Saturday, July 3 beginning at 8:30 a.m. from the Cherokee Depot.
Biking beginners and enthusiasts will put their pedals to the pavement as people of all biking capabilities will find a route that suits their skills.
An in-town route of approximately two miles will provide families and younger bikers an opportunity to take in the some fresh air while pedaling around the town of Cherokee.
The long ride, approximately 48 miles, will begin at the Depot and make its way to C-38. The route will travel west on C-38 until turning north on L-51. Bikers will continue until they make a turn to the west on C-16, where they will travel to L-36. They will go south through Marcus and down to C-44. They will then take C-44 east to L-56, which will take them back to Cherokee.
For those biking enthusiasts looking for a challenge, an additional 12-14 miles can be added to the longer route by turning south from C-44 on L-40. After traveling south, bikers will take C-60 east into Quimby where they will hit L-56 and travel back to Cherokee.
No pre-registration is required for the bike ride. A signed waiver and entry form will be required before the ride begins. Entry forms and waivers are available on the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce website: www.CherokeeIowaChamber.com, and they will also be available the day of the race.
The bike ride is one of the fun activities scheduled as part of the Festival July 3 and 4.
Come down to the Depot Saturday, July 3 to enjoy an art show, farmer's market, car show and several other fun activities relocated from the flooded horse arena.
Also on Saturday, the Lily of the Valley School House #5 will have a day full of activities beginning at 10 a.m. There will be a flag presentation, book presentations and signing by authors Bruce and Jeanette Hopkins, historic presentations, and a spelling bee.
To wrap up the Saturday events, a Street Dance will take place on East Main Street from 8 p.m. - 1 a.m. "Rock Pilots" will open the show at 8 p.m. followed by "Something Underground." Admission is $5 per person. Gates open at 7 p.m., and a beer garden and concession stand will be available on site.
The fun will continue on the Fourth with a pancake breakfast from 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. at the Depot and an Ecumenical church service will follow the breakfast.
The Festival will conclude with a grand fireworks display at dark.
For more information regarding Festival, contact the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce at 225-6414.