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Entries Needed For Sesquicentennial Parade

By Staff | Jun 12, 2008

Want to represent your family, your club, or business during the upcoming Sesquicentennial Celebration? Here’s your opportunity!

Entries are now being sought for the Palo Alto County Sesquicentennial Parade. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 5, as part of the Sesquicentennial weekend which celebrates the 150th anniversary of Emmetsburg and Palo Alto County.

Pending approval by the Iowa Department of Transportation, the parade is scheduled to commence from 16th Street and culminate at Soper Park.

“I envision people entering parade floats of ‘days gone by,’ but we’re open to other kinds of entries, as well,” said Tim McCain, Sesquicentennial Parade organizer.

McCain added that the only proposed restrictions are that no semis or oversized equipment may be entered.

Some of the entries already scheduled to appear in the parade include: antique tractors and cars, horses and wagons, the Iowa National Guard, Shriners’ ATV Corps from Spencer, the Abu Bekker Clown Unit and Wrecking Crew of Sioux City, Sons of Norway, and Holy Family Catholic Church and Emmetsburg Catholic School.



Lending a distinctive “turn of the century” air to the parade will be a pair of entries–a Native American dance group, led by Reuben Fast Horse, and Doc Anderson’s Authentic Traveling Medicine Show. Both groups will be performing together.

Reuben Fast Horse is a traditional Lakota singer, dancer, flutist, drummer, craftsman, storyteller, and educator. Residing at the Reservation at Fort Yates, North Dakota, Fast Horse is certified by the Tribe and the North Dakota State Board of Education as an Eminent Scholar. He teaches Lakota culture at Standing Rock Elementary Grant School.

Each year, Fast Horse tours the United States performing and speaking at festivals, colleges, high schools, and elementary schools. He is an accomplished dancer, as well a gifted singer.

“I love sharing this information and perspective with everyone because we all benefit from the knowledge and practices of the First Nations,” said Fast Horse. “If you peel back the layers of American history, you will find roots in Native America.”

Also making a special appearance during Saturday’s parade will be Doc Anderson’s Authentic Traveling Medicine Show.

The Medicine Show will bring its colorful antique-style wagon decorated with circus banners to the parade. Doc Anderson will be available to play the shell game and three-card monte, will be displaying the “Bungling Bros. Bowser & Beagle Flea Circus,” as well as the “Side Show in a Box.”

For more information about the Sesquicentennial Parade or for entry details, contact parade organizer Tim McCain at 712-852-2365 or the Emmetsburg Chamber of Commerce office at 712-852-2156.