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Sibley, Iowa starting summer off with a bang Saturday

SIBLEY, Iowa — The Sibley community is primed to welcome its residents and visitors alike this Saturday to celebrate the start of summertime.

Sibley Chamber Director Ashley Goettig invites everyone to come to Sibley to enjoy its annual Good Ole Summertime celebration. Saturday will be packed with a variety of activities, including both new and crowd favorites.

“We hope to see everyone out enjoying the day,” she said.

A fishing derby at the Sibley Golf Course will get the weekend’s activities started Friday evening. Sponsored by the Osceola County Conservation Department, participants can fish at the golf course “pit” from 6 to 8 p.m.

The parade will kick things off Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. Parade entries will travel east on Ninth Street between Second and Ninth avenues. The lineup will begin at 9:30 a.m. behind Sibley Realty on First Avenue. Registration with the Sibley Chamber of Commerce is preferred by Thursday.

Guests can leisurely shop from a selection of local arts and crafts vendors from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ninth Street Centre. As of Friday, 18 local vendors had registered and a limited number of tables remained, said event organizer Travis Ten Napel.

A variety of kid-oriented activities will get underway at noon by the Sibley Library, 406 Ninth Street.

Inflatables, yard games and face painting will be available until 4 p.m. Youth ages 4 to 11 can participate in a kid’s pedal pull from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The Sibley Fire Department will also be offering fire truck rides at the same time.

The classic cars will be the highlight from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the Show and Shine Car Show at the 1015 Steak Company.

After a successful inaugural Party by the Pit activity during last year’s Good Ole Summertime celebration, organizers are hoping to piggyback on last year’s success and further grow the musical party at the Sibley Golf Course.

Black Hills, S.D.-based band Judd Hoos will return for their second consecutive year.

According to Ten Napel, more than 600 tickets sold last year for the group, which plays cover tunes ranging the genre gamut from country, today’s hits and classic rock. The band that gained traction at the Sturgis, S.D. motorcycle rally will take the stage at 9 p.m. Opening music by a local act will begin at 7:30 p.m., and doors open at 7 p.m.

“Food trucks will also be there for supper and late-night eating,” Ten Napel said.

Advanced tickets may be purchased at the Sibley Golf Course this week or are available at the door. VIP tickets and advanced drink tickets are also available.

According to Goettig, all proceeds raised from the Party by the Pit will go toward building a Community Event Center in Sibley.

From kids’ activities to the headlining Party by the Pit and band, Ten Napel said a variety of local sponsors make Good Ole Summertime possible each year.

For a full list of Saturday’s events, visit the Sibley Iowa Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

Alyssa Sobotka

Alyssa joined The Globe in July 2017 and covers education and crime beats. The Nebraska native earned her bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. In her own sarcastic tone, her blog, Aimlessly Navigating, recounts the reality, pitfalls and triumphs of a young 20-something navigating to maturity. Follow her on Twitter: @alyssasobotka