DAILY EVENTS/ON YOUR OWN TIME Downtown Scavenger Hunt While shopping, eating, or simply enjoying one of the many events in downtown Le Mars, participate in a family-friendly, self-paced scavenger hunt showcasing downtown buildings and locations significant in Le Mars' history. Pick up the scavenger hunt sheets at the Wells Visitor Center & Ice Cream Parlor, Chamber of Commerce, City Hall or Visitor's Bureau. Return your completed sheets to the Wells Visitor Center & Ice Cream Parlor by Saturday when all correct sheets will be entered in a prize drawing. The Downtown Scavenger Hunt is one of the projects created by the students in the Youth on Main Street program. Historic Driving Tours Discover Le Mars' history through a self-guided driving tour. You will visit buildings, sites, and events significant to Le Mars. Pick up the guidebook at the Well's Visitor Center & Ice Cream Parlor, Chamber of Commerce, City Hall or Visitor's Bureau. The tour is a project of the Le Mars Historic Preservation Commission. Please don't read and drive! A virtual tour for the less adventurous may be found at https://www.lemarsiowa.com/665/Le-Mars-History-Tour. Alley Art Tours Tour the downtown alleys to view family-friendly artwork and historic murals. The public art project is coordinated by the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Main Street program. Artwork is installed on 42 buildings in 9 alleys. Brochures are available at the Chamber of Commerce, City Hall, and the Visitor's Bureau. Additional information can be found at https://lemarschamber.com/alley-art W-F 1pm-5pm Plymouth Co. Historical Museum, 335 1st Ave. SW Explore Plymouth County and area with five floors of exhibits! Highlights of your visit: first floor – Shoot some hoops in the 1925 “Old Central” Gym; lower level – Milk Maggie the cow and stop by the Floyd Valley Railroad Club’s train room; second floor – See the Museum’s gem, the Religious Heritage Room; third floor – Stroll through Miller’s Lunch, a 1940s diner; and fourth floor – Check out the new Barn Quilts and Ag Display, the Toy Tractors from the collection of Dennis Lundgren, and the antique bikes. Serving root beer floats on the lawn near the log cabins. M-F 1pm-5pm Sat.10am-4pm Le Mars Arts Center, 200 Central Ave SE Bring your whole family to the Arts Center to check out the gift shop featuring artwork from man area artists, purchase commemorative items, or make your own in our "paint your own" pottery studio. Featured techniques and projects can be found on our website: www.lemarsarts.com or give us a call, 712-546-7476. We will help you create your very own keepsake to remember the 2021 Ice Cream Days Celebration for years to come. M-S 9am-10pm Sun 12-10pm Wells Visitor Center & Ice Cream Parlor, 115 Central Ave NW Ice Cream Days isn't complete without a visit to the Wells Visitor Center & Ice Cream Parlor! Watch the parade on the rooftop patio with a homemade waffle cone, take in a movie to learn how Blue Bunny got started, or simply stop in for your choice of over 40 flavors and dozens of ice cream dessert options. For details on this one-of-a-kind ice cream experience, visit ilovewells.com or visit WellsVisitorCenter on Facebook and @WellsVisitorCenter on Instagram. Wednesday, June 16, 2021 9:30 - 10:30 AM Le Mars Chamber Coffee at Wells Visitor Center and Ice Cream Parlor The Wells Visitor Center & Ice Cream Parlor hosts a Chamber event to kick off Ice Cream Days. All are welcome to stop by and network! 12:00 - 2:00 PM The Le Mars Community Theatre Tours at The Le Mars Community Theatre Get backstage pass to explore Le Mars' first post office. Built in 1914, The Postal Playhouse has undergone many trasformations since becoming the home to the Le Mars Community Theatre in 1977.0Tour the intimate stage, which is the venue for 4 annunal shows produced by LCT. Explore the new addition and the extensive constume department, including an impressive collection of antique and period clothing. See original architectural features like the "catwalk" used by postal inspectors plus U.S. Government-installed room-sized security safes thoughout the building. From more information visit https://www.lemarslive.org/history 1:30 PM Browns Ice Cream Days Family Music Show at the Browns Century Theatre 5:00 PM Tri State Cruisers Car Show at Bob’s Drive Inn Enjoy music while strolling through a collection of restored, classic, street-rod, and muscle cars. Free soft serve ice cream cones compliments of Bob's Drive Inn, Kemps, & BoDeans Baking Co. 6:30 -7:30 PM American Presidents and the Spirit of the American West at Browns Century Theatre Seating is limited. The Le Mars Public Library welcomes Scott Culpepper as he presents a program on the mystique of the American frontier and how American leaders, particularly presidents such as Theodore Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, and George W. Bush all consciously cultivated an image rooted in the rugged individualism of the American west. Join us as we examine the influence of these executive cowboys. Dr. Culpepper hold a PhD from Baylor University and teaches at Dordt University. 7:00 - 8:30 PM Splash Dance at the Le Mars YMCA Outdoor Pool - 300 12th Street SE Kick off Ice Cream Days with a Splash Dance at the Outdoor Pool. A DJ will provide music and entertainment. Only $1/person and lots of fun, games and music." 7:30 - 9:00 PM Kiwanis/Aktion Club Ice Cream Social at Foster Park Sponsored by LeMars Kiwanis/Aktion Club & Wells. Enjoy a complimentary cool treat before and during the evening concert. 8:00 -9:00 PM Municipal Band Concert at Foster Park - 600 Central Ave SE This fifty-piece band of professional and amateur musicians provides an "old-fashioned" concert in the park. Bring a lawn chair or blanke to sit on while enjoying this popular family actvity. Thursday, June 17, 2021 12:00 -2:00 PM The Le Mars Community Theatre Tours at The Le Mars Community Theatre Get backstage pass to explore Le Mars' first post office. Built in 1914, The Postal Playhouse has undergone many trasformations since becoming the home to the Le Mars Community Theatre in 1977.0Tour the intimate stage, which is the venue for 4 annunal shows produced by LCT. Explore the new addition and the extensive constume department, including an impressive collection of antique and period clothing. See original architectural features like the "catwalk" used by postal inspectors plus U.S. Government-installed room-sized security safes thoughout the building. From more information visit https://www.lemarslive.org/history 1:30 PM Browns Ice Cream Days Family Music Show at Browns Century Theatre 6:00 PM Family Bike Ride begins at the Olson Cultural Event Center, 33 1st Street NE Sponsored by Bike Central. Meet at the Olson Cultural Event Center and join members of the Plymouth County Cyclist for a family bike ride on the Recreational Trail. For riders of all ages, abilities, and equipement. Ride ends at the Primebank Ice Cream Social. 6:00 - 8:00 PM Primebank Ice Cream Social at Primebank, 37 1st Ave NW Primebank’s 53rd annual Ice Cream Social is set to feature Midwest All Music Association Hall of Fame members, “The Jammers”. Enjoy music “The Jammers” as they provide music from the 50, 60, and 70’s. Enjoy a FREE Ice Cream Sundae with your favorite toppings scooped and served by the staff at Primebank. We also have kid’s rides, balloons and more. See you for an evening of music and FREE ice cream sundaes. 8:30 -10:30 PM Outdoor Movie Hosted at Total Motors, 801 Hawkeye Avenue SW - An annual family tradition awaits at Le Mars' original Drive-In Theater location! The fun family film, Tom & Jerry the Movie © (PG), will be featured. Spectators can watch the movie from their lawn chairs, blankets, or drive-in like the old days! Photo opportunities, Blue Bunny® ice cream novelties, and other fun activities available. Parking is limited so please come prepared to sit in lawn chairs or arrive early. Parking is first come, first serve. Friday, June 18 2021 9:00 AM YMCA 25th Annual 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, Le Mars YMCA Parking Lot, 241 12th Street SE Come join the fun and excitement of Ice Cream Days by putting together a 3-on-3 basketball team! Teams consist of 3 to 4 players. A complete set of rules available at time of registration. Pre-register at the Le Mars YMCA by June 5. Entry fee $20 per player. Age groups (male and female divisions in each division) are 8 & under, 10 & under, 12 & under. 12:00 - 2:00 PM The Le Mars Community Theatre Tours at The Le Mars Community Theatre Get backstage pass to explore Le Mars' first post office. Built in 1914, The Postal Playhouse has undergone many trasformations since becoming the home to the Le Mars Community Theatre in 1977.0Tour the intimate stage, which is the venue for 4 annunal shows produced by LCT. Explore the new addition and the extensive constume department, including an impressive collection of antique and period clothing. See original architectural features like the "catwalk" used by postal inspectors plus U.S. Government-installed room-sized security safes thoughout the building. From more information visit https://www.lemarslive.org/history 2:00 PM Smile Contest & Ice Cream Social at Good Samaritan Society, 1140 Lincoln Street Join Good Samaritan Society as they host a children's Smile Contest and Ice Cream Social. Ages 4-7 may register from 2:00-2:30 pm with judging to begin at 2:30pm IceCream Social to immediately follow for participants andspectators. Prizes for all participants. 2:00 - 2:45 PM Kids Fun Fest at Olson Cultural Event Center Grounds and Risers Seating is limited, lawn chairs encouraged. Kids Fun Fest activities, sponsored by Blue Bunny ice cream and hosted by the library, will include the magic and comedy of Magician Jonathan May. Jonathan provides family friendly entertainment for audiences of all ages and sizes and is one of the busiest entertainers in the Midwest. He will be doing two, 30 minute shows; 2:30 and 3:30 with time for fun activities in between! 3:00 PM 3:45 PM Kids Fun Fest at Olson Cultural Event Center Grounds and Risers 4:00 - 9:00 PM Informational Kiosk 1st St NE/Central Chamber 6:00 -7:30 PM Champions Forever Basketball at Olson Cultural Event Center Stage Sponsored by Iowa State Bank, Accura and Youth Group 7:30 - 9:30 PM Omaha Street Procussion at Olson Cultural Event Center Stage Iowa State Bank, Accura and Youth Group Saturday, June 19, 2021 8:00 AM -8:00 PM Informational Kiosk, 1st St NE/Central, Chamber 7:00 AM Sunrise Yoga at Olson Cultural Event Center Join Awaken Yoga for an outdoor gentle flow at the Cultural Event Center at 730am on June 19th. Let the cool air, soft music, and gentle movement help you set the mood for all the fun that ICDs has to offer. This class will be accessible for all levels! Bring your own props and maybe a blanket to set under your mat as the grass may be dewy! You can sign up for this event on the MINDBODY app or at www.awakenlemars.com 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Disc Golf Tournament at West Floyd Park West Floyd Disc Golf Course, very west end of 3rd St. SW next to West Floyd Park. Everyone is welcome to attend the 7th annual Ice Cream Days Disc Golf Tournament. Participate or come as a spectator. Four Divisions: Youth, Woman, or Amateur ($15) or Advance ($20) option to pay $30 which includes a disc, entry fee, raffle tickets and prizes.  Cash payouts and prizes given to each division, pin prizes at every hole, door prizes and raffle items also offered. Registration is on-site the day of the event from 9:00-9:45am. Tee-off starts at 10:00am Discs available for purchase. Free ice cream treats compliments of Blue Bunny®. Tournament hosted by the Le Mars Disc Golf Club. 9:00 - 11:00 AM Ice Cream Days Parade along Central Avenue Bring your blankets & lawn chairs and enjoy one of the best parades in Northwest Iowa! The Parade will travel along Central Avenue starting at 8th Street South and continuing to 6th Street North, then East on 6th Street to the Fairgrounds. Entry form available at bottom of page. 9:00 AM - 4:00PM Grill n Chill Rib Rally at O'Toole Park, Central Ave north Sponsored by Nor-Am 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Tees in the Breeze at the Olson Center & Surrounding Downtown Area Le Mars Art Center - “Tees in the Breeze” is a T-Shirt Art event sponsored by the LeMars Arts Center. Area artists of all ages have created original art on t-shirts ready to wear or display! See "Art-tee" selections waving in the breeze on clotheslines at the Le Mars Arts Center booth during the Ice Cream Days Event downtown. Buy a favorite for yourself as a souvenir, and one to give as a fun gift! Watch for further details on T-shirt decorating workshops. “Glass Blower” - Olson Cultural Event Center & Surrounding Street Sponsor is the Chamber of Commerce. Watch for further details. 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Le Mars Historic Preservation Architectural Tour, Downtown Tours begin at the Arts Center, 200 Central Avenue SE. Le Mars Historic Preservation Commission will provide an educational tour about the architectural elelments that are used in the downtown Le Mars buildings. 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Golf Fun, Olson Event Center Junior Golf of Northwest Iowa, GOLFUN at the Olson Event Center on Saturday: GOLFUN is sponsored by Jr Golf of NW Iowa. Kids of all ages can play, test their putting skills, and have FUN with the game of golf! 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Children's Ice Cream Bingo KC Hall Parking Lot Sponsored by Wells / Sugar N Spice /Chamber. “I scream you scream BINGO!” Ice Cream bingo for children of all ages with Jill Mescher from Sugar N Spice. Win a sweet treat! 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM EMCEE to direct/entertain stage activities AND Stage Manager Olson Cultural Event Center Stage, Chamber Sponsor, Watch for further details. 11:00 AM - 11:15 AM Celtic Dance Performance Olson Cultural Event Center Stage Chamber Sponsor 11:20 - 11:35 AM Turnaround Dance Performance, Olson Cultural Event Center Stage Chamber Sponsor 11:40 - 11:55 AM Estrella Dance Performance, Olson Cultural Event Center Stage Chamber Sponsor 12:00 PM - 12:15 PM CDA Dance Performance, Olson Cultural Event Center Stage Chamber Sponsor 12:30 - 1:15 PM Ice Cream Flavor Contest Olson Cultural Event Center Stage HyVee will sponsor the 2021 Ice Cream Days Flavor Contest, which will be held from Noon to 1:00pm Saturday, June 19 at the Olson Cultural Event Center, 33 First St. N.E..  Fifteen families will create a new ice cream flavor using ingredients of their choice.  At noon each family will receive 1 quart of vanilla ice cream and will have 20 minutes to create the final product.  Four judges will select the top three flavors. Judging begins at 12:30 p.m. and is based on originality and flavor. Judging will be completed at the contest and winners will be announced following the judging. 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Airbrush Tattoos Pergula 1 (by Alley) Chamber Sponsor 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Caricture Drawing Pergula 2 (by Stage) Sponsor is Northwest Bank 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Pergula 3 (by Intersection) Chamber Sponsor Watch for further details. 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Building Blocks, KC Hall Parking Lot Sponsor is Building Blocks Preschool & Childcare, Crafts for the children 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Bubble Guy, KC Hall Parking Lot Accura Bubble Stations is one of the largest Mobile Bubble Outdoor Programs in the United States. Our hand-made bubble solution makes bubbles not only bigger, but longer lasting! With hundreds of wands of different shapes and sizes from all over the world, our program is designed for social distancing and safety, allowing your patrons a wonderful hands-on experience that brings out the child in all of us! 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM The Le Mars Community Theatre Tours, The Le Mars Community Theatre Get backstage pass to explore Le Mars' first post office. Built in 1914, The Postal Playhouse has undergone many trasformations since becoming the home to the Le Mars Community Theatre in 1977. Tour the intimate stage, which is the venue for 4 annunal shows produced by LCT. Explore the new addition and the extensive constume department, including an impressive collection of antique and period clothing. See original architectural features like the "catwalk" used by postal inspectors plus U.S. Government-installed room-sized security safes thoughout the building. From more information visit https://www.lemarslive.org/history 1:00 PM YMCA Cornhole Tournament, O'Toole Park, 500 Central Ave. NE Compete in our Cornhole Tournament while also enjoying the Grill ‘n’ Chill Rib Rally at O’Toole Park. Coolers are welcome. This fun tournament will be double elimination and only $30/two-person team. Pre-register at the Le Mars YMCA by June 14, don’t wait, we are only accepting 32 teams. Sponsor is the YMCA. 1:00 - 4:00 PM Le Mars Ice Cream Days Post- Lockdown Throwdown, O'Toole Park Many Professional Skateboarders from the BACON SKATEBOARD team, as well as NOWEAR BMX team are going to provide a demonstration for the public free of charge. There will be food trucks, beer garden, and bar area, music, and fun for all ages. 1:30 PM Downtown Architectural Tours Historic Preservation Commission Le Mars Historic Preservation Architectural Tour, Tours begin at the Arts Center, 200 Central Avenue SE Le Mars Historic Preservation Commission will provide an educational tour about the architectural elelments that are used in downtown Le Mars buildings. 1:35 - 2:20 PM Absolute Science Magician Olson Cultural Event Center Stage “Absolute Science” began to debut programs in the fall of 2016 and has literally taken off like a rocket. Performing over 150 shows and workshops the first year, the momentum has not stopped growing. Schools, libraries, state and county fairs, private and public events, science fairs and expos, Halloween and other themed shows, birthday parties and the list goes on and on who have been entertained. Our programs are full of interaction with the audience and our science staff that will motivate you to learn more. “Absolute Science” started to become a reality when founder “Rick Eugene” Brammer started pulling several of his friends together and working as a team who created an amazing and exciting business of science shows and workshops. As a busy comedy magician for over 20 years Rick knew the science programs had to have high energy, audience participation and most importantly leaving the kids at the show wanting to learn more after they leave. We bring some of the coolest experiments to every program and lots FUN. 2:00 PM The Dash and The Dirt Le Mars Memorial Cemetery Meet at the Le Mars Memorial Cemetery Civil War Statue & Flag pole. The Dash: The life between the years. The Dirt: The interesting information on how individuals made an impact on the community. Escorted tours will begin concurrently at each cemetery at 2:00 pm, with subsequent tours beginning at 2:45 pm. 2:50 - 3:50 PM Postal Playhouse Performance Olson Cultural Event Center Stage Children's Theater brought to you by Le Mars Community Theater and sponsored by the Chamber 3:00 PM Veteran Park Tour Plymouth County Veterans Memorial Park, 10th Street and 3rd Ave. SE A peaceful park that is dedicated to honoring our veterans. Monuments, sculptures, and tributes to the veterans that fought for America's freedom. Le Mars veterans will serve as tour guides. Accessible to persons with disabilities. 5:00 - 7:00 PM Fishing Derby, Municipal Park Pond, 813 Park Lane Children 12 & under can join the LeMarsSportsman's Club for an evening of fishing. Registration begins at 5:00 p.m.; children may fish from 5:30-6:30p.m., followed by the awarding of prizes. Refreshments for participants and their families. Sponsored by the Le Mars Sportsmans’ Club 4:00 - 6:00 PM Saxphone Player Olson Cultural Event Center, Chamber Sponsor 4:00 - 5:50 PM CONCERT SET UP / SOUND CHECK Olson Cultural Event Center Stage 6:00 - 6:50 PM Birdchild Olson Cultural Event Center Stage, 33 1st St. NE Multiple Sponsors 7:00 - 11:00 PM Nada's Olson Cultural Event Center, 33 1st St NE Multiple Sponsors
A Family Tradition
Ice Cream Days Parade at the Blue Bunny Parlor
Nothing gets between a child and an ice cream cone. Yes, bring a few extra wipes for the kiddos.
Statistics show the average kiddo can receive around 5,000 calories in goodies along the parade route. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of activity to burn it off.
Kids come in all ages at Ice Cream Days.
Plenty of things for kids to do. Most are free provided by the generosity of Ice Cream Days sponsors. Thank them when you see them.
Kids building their stash.
Ride the family bike ride to Thursday’s ice cream social or just enjoy many of the miles of Le Mars recreational trails on your own.
You know it’s been a good day when the toughest decision is about which flavor of ice cream you eat.
Kids enjoying free rides at the Primebank Ice Cream Social.
Life can be deliciously complex for kids deciding how fast they have to eat ice cream on a beautiful summer evening. Life is sweet in Le Mars.
Just another stop for the boys on the road to Ice Cream nirvana.
Heaven, Iowa or the best place to be in Iowa? The discussion will take place on Ice Cream Days in Le Mars.
The Brown Family afford many opportunities to enjoy their entertainment over Ice Cream Days and throughout the year at the Browns Theater smack dab in the middle of downtown Le Mars.
Smile and the world smiles with you.
Rib Rally at O’Toole Park. Stop by and take a whiff. If you’re lucky there may be a sample or two.
Ice Cream Days 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament in Le Mars
YMCA 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament participants take a rest before hitting the court again.
Cheers to the best place to be from June 16 to 19.
Don’t miss Lockdown Throwdown at O’Toole Park Saturday afternoon. Rad! Dude!
The Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Ice Cream Days Committee would like to inform you of our 2021 plans for a vendor event. The festival will run Wednesday, June 16 to Saturday, June 19, 2021 with Saturday, June 19 the day that vendors are featured in downtown Le Mars. This year we are consolidating many of the ICD festival events and activities to our downtown. The City of Le Mars completely renovated the Olson Cultural Event Center into a green space with wonderful seating, gazebos, flower beds, etc. Three streets surrounding the event center will be closed off allowing all vendor participants to be in this location. We hope you will choose to be a part of the 2021 Ice Cream Days Festival. This year, the parade will be Saturday, June 19. The parade will once again line up on Stadium Drive, near the Le Mars Community High School. The parade will travel along Central Avenue starting at 8th Street South and continuing to 6th Street North, then East on 6th Street to the Fairgrounds.
Downloadable Registrations
Chamber members may register their parade entry online
Parade Registration use this downloadable form
Chamber Members Online Entry Form Download Word Doc Entry Form Chamber Members Online Entry Form Download Word Doc Entry Form
For event related updates, due to weather, please tune in to local media www.klem1410.com, www.lemarssentinel.com or Facebook at City of Le Mars page.
Venues
Le Mars Ice Cream Days Festival June 16 to 19
DAILY EVENTS/ON YOUR OWN TIME Downtown Scavenger Hunt While shopping, eating, or simply enjoying one of the many events in downtown Le Mars, participate in a family-friendly, self-paced scavenger hunt showcasing downtown buildings and locations significant in Le Mars' history. Pick up the scavenger hunt sheets at the Wells Visitor Center & Ice Cream Parlor, Chamber of Commerce, City Hall or Visitor's Bureau. Return your completed sheets to the Wells Visitor Center & Ice Cream Parlor by Saturday when all correct sheets will be entered in a prize drawing. The Downtown Scavenger Hunt is one of the projects created by the students in the Youth on Main Street program. Historic Driving Tours Discover Le Mars' history through a self-guided driving tour. You will visit buildings, sites, and events significant to Le Mars. Pick up the guidebook at the Well's Visitor Center & Ice Cream Parlor, Chamber of Commerce, City Hall or Visitor's Bureau. The tour is a project of the Le Mars Historic Preservation Commission. Please don't read and drive! A virtual tour for the less adventurous may be found at https://www.lemarsiowa.com/665/Le-Mars-History-Tour. Alley Art Tours Tour the downtown alleys to view family-friendly artwork and historic murals. The public art project is coordinated by the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Main Street program. Artwork is installed on 42 buildings in 9 alleys. Brochures are available at the Chamber of Commerce, City Hall, and the Visitor's Bureau. Additional information can be found at https://lemarschamber.com/alley-art W-F 1pm-5pm Plymouth Co. Historical Museum, 335 1st Ave. SW Explore Plymouth County and area with five floors of exhibits! Highlights of your visit: first floor – Shoot some hoops in the 1925 “Old Central” Gym; lower level – Milk Maggie the cow and stop by the Floyd Valley Railroad Club’s train room; second floor – See the Museum’s gem, the Religious Heritage Room; third floor – Stroll through Miller’s Lunch, a 1940s diner; and fourth floor – Check out the new Barn Quilts and Ag Display, the Toy Tractors from the collection of Dennis Lundgren, and the antique bikes. Serving root beer floats on the lawn near the log cabins. M-F 1pm-5pm Sat.10am-4pm Le Mars Arts Center, 200 Central Ave SE Bring your whole family to the Arts Center to check out the gift shop featuring artwork from man area artists, purchase commemorative items, or make your own in our "paint your own" pottery studio. Featured techniques and projects can be found on our website: www.lemarsarts.com or give us a call, 712-546-7476. We will help you create your very own keepsake to remember the 2021 Ice Cream Days Celebration for years to come. M-S 9am-10pm Sun 12-10pm Wells Visitor Center & Ice Cream Parlor, 115 Central Ave NW Ice Cream Days isn't complete without a visit to the Wells Visitor Center & Ice Cream Parlor! Watch the parade on the rooftop patio with a homemade waffle cone, take in a movie to learn how Blue Bunny got started, or simply stop in for your choice of over 40 flavors and dozens of ice cream dessert options. For details on this one-of-a-kind ice cream experience, visit ilovewells.com or visit WellsVisitorCenter on Facebook and @WellsVisitorCenter on Instagram. Wednesday, June 16, 2021 9:30 - 10:30 AM Le Mars Chamber Coffee at Wells Visitor Center and Ice Cream Parlor The Wells Visitor Center & Ice Cream Parlor hosts a Chamber event to kick off Ice Cream Days. All are welcome to stop by and network! 12:00 - 2:00 PM The Le Mars Community Theatre Tours at The Le Mars Community Theatre Get backstage pass to explore Le Mars' first post office. Built in 1914, The Postal Playhouse has undergone many trasformations since becoming the home to the Le Mars Community Theatre in 1977.0Tour the intimate stage, which is the venue for 4 annunal shows produced by LCT. Explore the new addition and the extensive constume department, including an impressive collection of antique and period clothing. See original architectural features like the "catwalk" used by postal inspectors plus U.S. Government-installed room-sized security safes thoughout the building. From more information visit https://www.lemarslive.org/history 1:30 PM Browns Ice Cream Days Family Music Show at the Browns Century Theatre 5:00 PM Tri State Cruisers Car Show at Bob’s Drive Inn Enjoy music while strolling through a collection of restored, classic, street-rod, and muscle cars. Free soft serve ice cream cones compliments of Bob's Drive Inn, Kemps, & BoDeans Baking Co. 6:30 -7:30 PM American Presidents and the Spirit of the American West at Browns Century Theatre Seating is limited. The Le Mars Public Library welcomes Scott Culpepper as he presents a program on the mystique of the American frontier and how American leaders, particularly presidents such as Theodore Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, and George W. Bush all consciously cultivated an image rooted in the rugged individualism of the American west. Join us as we examine the influence of these executive cowboys. Dr. Culpepper hold a PhD from Baylor University and teaches at Dordt University. 7:00 - 8:30 PM Splash Dance at the Le Mars YMCA Outdoor Pool - 300 12th Street SE Kick off Ice Cream Days with a Splash Dance at the Outdoor Pool. A DJ will provide music and entertainment. Only $1/person and lots of fun, games and music." 7:30 - 9:00 PM Kiwanis/Aktion Club Ice Cream Social at Foster Park Sponsored by LeMars Kiwanis/Aktion Club & Wells. Enjoy a complimentary cool treat before and during the evening concert. 8:00 -9:00 PM Municipal Band Concert at Foster Park - 600 Central Ave SE This fifty-piece band of professional and amateur musicians provides an "old-fashioned" concert in the park. Bring a lawn chair or blanke to sit on while enjoying this popular family actvity. Thursday, June 17, 2021 12:00 -2:00 PM The Le Mars Community Theatre Tours at The Le Mars Community Theatre Get backstage pass to explore Le Mars' first post office. Built in 1914, The Postal Playhouse has undergone many trasformations since becoming the home to the Le Mars Community Theatre in 1977.0Tour the intimate stage, which is the venue for 4 annunal shows produced by LCT. Explore the new addition and the extensive constume department, including an impressive collection of antique and period clothing. See original architectural features like the "catwalk" used by postal inspectors plus U.S. Government-installed room-sized security safes thoughout the building. From more information visit https://www.lemarslive.org/history 1:30 PM Browns Ice Cream Days Family Music Show at Browns Century Theatre 6:00 PM Family Bike Ride begins at the Olson Cultural Event Center, 33 1st Street NE Sponsored by Bike Central. Meet at the Olson Cultural Event Center and join members of the Plymouth County Cyclist for a family bike ride on the Recreational Trail. For riders of all ages, abilities, and equipement. Ride ends at the Primebank Ice Cream Social. 6:00 - 8:00 PM Primebank Ice Cream Social at Primebank, 37 1st Ave NW Primebank’s 53rd annual Ice Cream Social is set to feature Midwest All Music Association Hall of Fame members, “The Jammers”. Enjoy music “The Jammers” as they provide music from the 50, 60, and 70’s. Enjoy a FREE Ice Cream Sundae with your favorite toppings scooped and served by the staff at Primebank. We also have kid’s rides, balloons and more. See you for an evening of music and FREE ice cream sundaes. 8:30 -10:30 PM Outdoor Movie Hosted at Total Motors, 801 Hawkeye Avenue SW - An annual family tradition awaits at Le Mars' original Drive-In Theater location! The fun family film, Tom & Jerry the Movie © (PG), will be featured. Spectators can watch the movie from their lawn chairs, blankets, or drive-in like the old days! Photo opportunities, Blue Bunny® ice cream novelties, and other fun activities available. Parking is limited so please come prepared to sit in lawn chairs or arrive early. Parking is first come, first serve. Friday, June 18 2021 9:00 AM YMCA 25th Annual 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, Le Mars YMCA Parking Lot, 241 12th Street SE Come join the fun and excitement of Ice Cream Days by putting together a 3-on-3 basketball team! Teams consist of 3 to 4 players. A complete set of rules available at time of registration. Pre-register at the Le Mars YMCA by June 5. Entry fee $20 per player. Age groups (male and female divisions in each division) are 8 & under, 10 & under, 12 & under. 12:00 - 2:00 PM The Le Mars Community Theatre Tours at The Le Mars Community Theatre Get backstage pass to explore Le Mars' first post office. Built in 1914, The Postal Playhouse has undergone many trasformations since becoming the home to the Le Mars Community Theatre in 1977.0Tour the intimate stage, which is the venue for 4 annunal shows produced by LCT. Explore the new addition and the extensive constume department, including an impressive collection of antique and period clothing. See original architectural features like the "catwalk" used by postal inspectors plus U.S. Government-installed room-sized security safes thoughout the building. From more information visit https://www.lemarslive.org/history 2:00 PM Smile Contest & Ice Cream Social at Good Samaritan Society, 1140 Lincoln Street Join Good Samaritan Society as they host a children's Smile Contest and Ice Cream Social. Ages 4-7 may register from 2:00-2:30 pm with judging to begin at 2:30pm IceCream Social to immediately follow for participants andspectators. Prizes for all participants. 2:00 - 2:45 PM Kids Fun Fest at Olson Cultural Event Center Grounds and Risers Seating is limited, lawn chairs encouraged. Kids Fun Fest activities, sponsored by Blue Bunny ice cream and hosted by the library, will include the magic and comedy of Magician Jonathan May. Jonathan provides family friendly entertainment for audiences of all ages and sizes and is one of the busiest entertainers in the Midwest. He will be doing two, 30 minute shows; 2:30 and 3:30 with time for fun activities in between! 3:00 PM 3:45 PM Kids Fun Fest at Olson Cultural Event Center Grounds and Risers 4:00 - 9:00 PM Informational Kiosk 1st St NE/Central Chamber 6:00 -7:30 PM Champions Forever Basketball at Olson Cultural Event Center Stage Sponsored by Iowa State Bank, Accura and Youth Group 7:30 - 9:30 PM Omaha Street Procussion at Olson Cultural Event Center Stage Iowa State Bank, Accura and Youth Group Saturday, June 19, 2021 8:00 AM -8:00 PM Informational Kiosk, 1st St NE/Central, Chamber 7:00 AM Sunrise Yoga at Olson Cultural Event Center Join Awaken Yoga for an outdoor gentle flow at the Cultural Event Center at 730am on June 19th. Let the cool air, soft music, and gentle movement help you set the mood for all the fun that ICDs has to offer. This class will be accessible for all levels! Bring your own props and maybe a blanket to set under your mat as the grass may be dewy! You can sign up for this event on the MINDBODY app or at www.awakenlemars.com 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Disc Golf Tournament at West Floyd Park West Floyd Disc Golf Course, very west end of 3rd St. SW next to West Floyd Park. Everyone is welcome to attend the 7th annual Ice Cream Days Disc Golf Tournament. Participate or come as a spectator. Four Divisions: Youth, Woman, or Amateur ($15) or Advance ($20) option to pay $30 which includes a disc, entry fee, raffle tickets and prizes.  Cash payouts and prizes given to each division, pin prizes at every hole, door prizes and raffle items also offered. Registration is on-site the day of the event from 9:00-9:45am. Tee-off starts at 10:00am Discs available for purchase. Free ice cream treats compliments of Blue Bunny®. Tournament hosted by the Le Mars Disc Golf Club. 9:00 - 11:00 AM Ice Cream Days Parade along Central Avenue Bring your blankets & lawn chairs and enjoy one of the best parades in Northwest Iowa! The Parade will travel along Central Avenue starting at 8th Street South and continuing to 6th Street North, then East on 6th Street to the Fairgrounds. Entry form available at bottom of page. 9:00 AM - 4:00PM Grill n Chill Rib Rally at O'Toole Park, Central Ave north Sponsored by Nor-Am 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Tees in the Breeze at the Olson Center & Surrounding Downtown Area Le Mars Art Center - “Tees in the Breeze” is a T-Shirt Art event sponsored by the LeMars Arts Center. Area artists of all ages have created original art on t-shirts ready to wear or display! See "Art-tee" selections waving in the breeze on clotheslines at the Le Mars Arts Center booth during the Ice Cream Days Event downtown. Buy a favorite for yourself as a souvenir, and one to give as a fun gift! Watch for further details on T- shirt decorating workshops. “Glass Blower” - Olson Cultural Event Center & Surrounding Street Sponsor is the Chamber of Commerce. Watch for further details. 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Le Mars Historic Preservation Architectural Tour, Downtown Tours begin at the Arts Center, 200 Central Avenue SE. Le Mars Historic Preservation Commission will provide an educational tour about the architectural elelments that are used in the downtown Le Mars buildings. 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Golf Fun, Olson Event Center Junior Golf of Northwest Iowa, GOLFUN at the Olson Event Center on Saturday: GOLFUN is sponsored by Jr Golf of NW Iowa. Kids of all ages can play, test their putting skills, and have FUN with the game of golf! 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Children's Ice Cream Bingo KC Hall Parking Lot Sponsored by Wells / Sugar N Spice /Chamber. “I scream you scream BINGO!” Ice Cream bingo for children of all ages with Jill Mescher from Sugar N Spice. Win a sweet treat! 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM EMCEE to direct/entertain stage activities AND Stage Manager Olson Cultural Event Center Stage, Chamber Sponsor, Watch for further details. 11:00 AM - 11:15 AM Celtic Dance Performance Olson Cultural Event Center Stage Chamber Sponsor 11:20 - 11:35 AM Turnaround Dance Performance, Olson Cultural Event Center Stage Chamber Sponsor 11:40 - 11:55 AM Estrella Dance Performance, Olson Cultural Event Center Stage Chamber Sponsor 12:00 PM - 12:15 PM CDA Dance Performance, Olson Cultural Event Center Stage Chamber Sponsor 12:30 - 1:15 PM Ice Cream Flavor Contest Olson Cultural Event Center Stage HyVee will sponsor the 2021 Ice Cream Days Flavor Contest, which will be held from Noon to 1:00pm Saturday, June 19 at the Olson Cultural Event Center, 33 First St. N.E..  Fifteen families will create a new ice cream flavor using ingredients of their choice.  At noon each family will receive 1 quart of vanilla ice cream and will have 20 minutes to create the final product.  Four judges will select the top three flavors. Judging begins at 12:30 p.m. and is based on originality and flavor. Judging will be completed at the contest and winners will be announced following the judging. 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Airbrush Tattoos Pergula 1 (by Alley) Chamber Sponsor 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Caricture Drawing Pergula 2 (by Stage) Sponsor is Northwest Bank 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Pergula 3 (by Intersection) Chamber Sponsor Watch for further details. 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Building Blocks, KC Hall Parking Lot Sponsor is Building Blocks Preschool & Childcare, Crafts for the children 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Bubble Guy, KC Hall Parking Lot Accura Bubble Stations is one of the largest Mobile Bubble Outdoor Programs in the United States. Our hand-made bubble solution makes bubbles not only bigger, but longer lasting! With hundreds of wands of different shapes and sizes from all over the world, our program is designed for social distancing and safety, allowing your patrons a wonderful hands-on experience that brings out the child in all of us! 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM The Le Mars Community Theatre Tours, The Le Mars Community Theatre Get backstage pass to explore Le Mars' first post office. Built in 1914, The Postal Playhouse has undergone many trasformations since becoming the home to the Le Mars Community Theatre in 1977. Tour the intimate stage, which is the venue for 4 annunal shows produced by LCT. Explore the new addition and the extensive constume department, including an impressive collection of antique and period clothing. See original architectural features like the "catwalk" used by postal inspectors plus U.S. Government-installed room-sized security safes thoughout the building. From more information visit https://www.lemarslive.org/history 1:00 PM YMCA Cornhole Tournament, O'Toole Park, 500 Central Ave. NE Compete in our Cornhole Tournament while also enjoying the Grill ‘n’ Chill Rib Rally at O’Toole Park. Coolers are welcome. This fun tournament will be double elimination and only $30/two-person team. Pre-register at the Le Mars YMCA by June 14, don’t wait, we are only accepting 32 teams. Sponsor is the YMCA. 1:00 - 4:00 PM Le Mars Ice Cream Days Post-Lockdown Throwdown, O'Toole Park Many Professional Skateboarders from the BACON SKATEBOARD team, as well as NOWEAR BMX team are going to provide a demonstration for the public free of charge. There will be food trucks, beer garden, and bar area, music, and fun for all ages. 1:30 PM Downtown Architectural Tours Historic Preservation Commission Le Mars Historic Preservation Architectural Tour, Tours begin at the Arts Center, 200 Central Avenue SE Le Mars Historic Preservation Commission will provide an educational tour about the architectural elelments that are used in downtown Le Mars buildings. 1:35 - 2:20 PM Absolute Science Magician Olson Cultural Event Center Stage “Absolute Science” began to debut programs in the fall of 2016 and has literally taken off like a rocket. Performing over 150 shows and workshops the first year, the momentum has not stopped growing. Schools, libraries, state and county fairs, private and public events, science fairs and expos, Halloween and other themed shows, birthday parties and the list goes on and on who have been entertained. Our programs are full of interaction with the audience and our science staff that will motivate you to learn more. “Absolute Science” started to become a reality when founder “Rick Eugene” Brammer started pulling several of his friends together and working as a team who created an amazing and exciting business of science shows and workshops. As a busy comedy magician for over 20 years Rick knew the science programs had to have high energy, audience participation and most importantly leaving the kids at the show wanting to learn more after they leave. We bring some of the coolest experiments to every program and lots FUN. 2:00 PM The Dash and The Dirt Le Mars Memorial Cemetery Meet at the Le Mars Memorial Cemetery Civil War Statue & Flag pole. The Dash: The life between the years. The Dirt: The interesting information on how individuals made an impact on the community. Escorted tours will begin concurrently at each cemetery at 2:00 pm, with subsequent tours beginning at 2:45 pm. 2:50 - 3:50 PM Postal Playhouse Performance Olson Cultural Event Center Stage Children's Theater brought to you by Le Mars Community Theater and sponsored by the Chamber 3:00 PM Veteran Park Tour Plymouth County Veterans Memorial Park, 10th Street and 3rd Ave. SE A peaceful park that is dedicated to honoring our veterans. Monuments, sculptures, and tributes to the veterans that fought for America's freedom. Le Mars veterans will serve as tour guides. Accessible to persons with disabilities. 5:00 - 7:00 PM Fishing Derby, Municipal Park Pond, 813 Park Lane Children 12 & under can join the LeMarsSportsman's Club for an evening of fishing. Registration begins at 5:00 p.m.; children may fish from 5:30-6:30p.m., followed by the awarding of prizes. Refreshments for participants and their families. Sponsored by the Le Mars Sportsmans’ Club 4:00 - 6:00 PM Saxphone Player Olson Cultural Event Center, Chamber Sponsor 4:00 - 5:50 PM CONCERT SET UP / SOUND CHECK Olson Cultural Event Center Stage 6:00 - 6:50 PM Birdchild Olson Cultural Event Center Stage, 33 1st St. NE Multiple Sponsors 7:00 - 11:00 PM Nada's Olson Cultural Event Center, 33 1st St NE Multiple Sponsors
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The Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Ice Cream Days Committee would like to inform you of our 2021 plans for a vendor event. The festival will run Wednesday, June 16 to Saturday, June 19, 2021 with Saturday, June 19 the day that vendors are featured in downtown Le Mars. This year we are consolidating many of the ICD festival events and activities to our downtown. The City of Le Mars completely renovated the Olson Cultural Event Center into a green space with wonderful seating, gazebos, flower beds, etc. Three streets surrounding the event center will be closed off allowing all vendor participants to be in this location. We hope you will choose to be a part of the 2021 Ice Cream Days Festival. This year, the parade will be Saturday, June 19. The parade will once again line up on Stadium Drive, near the Le Mars Community High School. The parade will travel along Central Avenue starting at 8th Street South and continuing to 6th Street North, then East on 6th Street to the Fairgrounds.
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