Plans for “Let Freedom Ring,” Montezuma’s annual July 4th observance, were front and center during the Montezuma Community Boosters’ monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 8, in city hall.
This year’s event will be on Saturday, July 2.
Time for the children’s parade is 10 a.m., with the big parade to follow directly.
A grand marshal and special guests were nominated and voted on. They will be announced closer to the date of the event.
The usual lineup of events will take place, but there are some additions and adjustments. The Poweshiek County Historical Society will host a bake sale at 8 a.m. and an ice cream social after the parade.
A corn bag tourney will be held on 4th St., on the block north of Main, after the parade.
Montezuma Public Library will have a book sale from 8 a.m. to noon.
The High Bank Boys will play in the courthouse area after the parade.
Parade announcing will be provided by Dr. George Salnave and Linda Hamilton.
This is not an all-inclusive list. That list, including the Lions chicken BBQ at 11 a.m., and a pancake breakfast, will be published in coming days.
In other business, Whitney Baethke of Montezuma Community Development said that Montezuma Farmers Markets will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on the same days as the upcoming Summer Nights programs. The market will be on the sidewalks on the southwest corner of courthouse square.
It was noted that about 160 or so took advantage of the Montezuma Night at the Iowa Cubs game. There was some discussion to making the date for next year’s excursion a little later in the year, but no action was taken. There again were good reports from those attending in terms of having fun and receiving excellent value.
It was noted that Montezuma’s 150th anniversary takes place in 2018, and the Boosters indicated they want to coordinate with the city and the historical society on a celebration event.