DAILY EVENTS/ON YOUR OWN TIME•Downtown Scavenger HuntWhile 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. •Alley Art ToursTour 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-5pmPlymouth Co. Historical Museum, 335 1st Ave. SWExplore 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-5pmSat.10am-4pmLe Mars Arts Center,200 Central Ave SEBring 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-10pmSun 12-10pmWells Visitor Center & Ice Cream Parlor, 115 Central Ave NWIce 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 Facebookand @WellsVisitorCenter on Instagram.
Wednesday, June 16, 2021•9:30 - 10:30 AMLe Mars Chamber Coffee at Wells Visitor Center and Ice Cream ParlorThe 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 PMThe Le Mars Community Theatre Tours at The Le Mars Community TheatreGet 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 PMBrowns Ice Cream Days Family Music Showat the Browns Century Theatre•5:00 PMTri 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 PMAmerican Presidents and the Spirit of the American West at Browns Century TheatreSeating 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.•7:30 -9:00 PMKiwanis/Aktion Club Ice Cream Social at Foster ParkSponsored by LeMars Kiwanis/Aktion Club & Wells. Enjoy a complimentary cool treat before and during the evening concert.•8:00 -9:00 PMMunicipal Band Concert at Foster Park -600 Central Ave SEThis 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.
Friday, June 18 2021•12:00 - 2:00 PMThe Le Mars Community Theatre Tours at The Le Mars Community TheatreGet 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 PMSmile 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 PMKids Fun Fest at Olson Cultural Event Center Grounds and RisersSeating 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 PM3:45 PMKids Fun Fest at Olson Cultural Event Center Grounds and Risers•4:00 - 9:00 PMInformational Kiosk1st St NE/CentralChamber•6:00 -8:30 PMOmaha Street Percussion and Champions Forever Basketball at Olson Cultural Event Center StageIowa 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 AMSunrise Yoga at Olson Cultural Event CenterJoin Awaken Yoga for an outdoor gentle flow at the Cultural Event Center at 7:00am 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 Merchant Market Vendors and Shopping. Arts, crafts shopping, food trucks and more. Location is Olson Event Center and 1st Ave NE North of Fareway. •9:00 AM - 4:00 PMDisc Golf Tournament at West Floyd ParkWest 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 AMIce Cream Days Parade along Central AvenueBring 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 - 4:00PMGrill n Chill Rib Rally at O'Toole Park, Central Ave northSponsored by Nor-Am•9:00 AM - 4:00 PMTees in the Breeze at the Olson Center & Surrounding Downtown AreaLe 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 StreetSponsor is the Chamber of Commerce. Watch for further details.•11:00 AM - 1:00 PMGolf Fun, Olson Event CenterJunior 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 PMChildren's Ice Cream BingoKC Hall Parking LotSponsored 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 PMEMCEE to direct/entertain stage activities AND Stage ManagerOlson Cultural Event Center Stage,Chamber Sponsor, Watch for further details.•11:00 AM - 11:15 AMCeltic Dance Performance Olson Cultural Event Center StageChamber Sponsor•11:20 - 11:35 AMTurnaround Dance Performance, Olson Cultural Event Center StageChamber Sponsor•11:40 - 11:55 AMEstrella Dance Performance,Olson Cultural Event Center StageChamber Sponsor•12:00 PM - 12:15 PMCDA Dance Performance, Olson Cultural Event Center StageChamber Sponsor•12:30 - 1:15 PMIce Cream Flavor ContestOlson Cultural Event Center StageHyVee 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 PMAirbrush TattoosPergula 1 (by Alley) Chamber Sponsor•11:00 AM - 3:00 PMCaricture DrawingPergula 2 (by Stage) Sponsor is Northwest Bank•11:00 AM - 3:00 PMPergula 3 (by Intersection)Chamber Sponsor Watch for further details.•11:00 AM - 3:00 PMBuilding Blocks, KC Hall Parking LotSponsor is Building Blocks Preschool & Childcare, Crafts for the children•11:00 AM - 3:00 PMBubble Guy, KC Hall Parking LotAccuraBubble 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 PMThe Le Mars Community Theatre Tours, The Le Mars Community TheatreGet 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 PMYMCA Cornhole Tournament, O'Toole Park, 500 Central Ave. NECompete 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 PMLe Mars Ice Cream Days Post-Lockdown Throwdown, O'Toole ParkMany 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 PMDowntown Architectural ToursHistoric Preservation CommissionLe 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 PMAbsolute Science MagicianOlson 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 PMThe Dash and The DirtLe Mars Memorial CemeteryMeet 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 PMPostal Playhouse PerformanceOlson Cultural Event Center StageChildren's Theater brought to you by Le Mars Community Theater and sponsored by the Chamber•3:00 PMVeteran Park TourPlymouth County Veterans Memorial Park, 10th Street and 3rd Ave. SEA 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 PMFishing Derby, Municipal Park Pond,813 Park LaneChildren 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 PMSaxphone PlayerOlson Cultural Event Center,Chamber Sponsor•4:00 -5:50 PMCONCERT SET UP / SOUND CHECKOlson Cultural Event Center Stage•6:00 -6:50 PMBirdchildOlson Cultural Event Center Stage, 33 1st St. NEMultiple Sponsors•7:00 -11:00 PMNada's Olson Cultural Event Center, 33 1st St NEMultiple Sponsors
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.