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June happenings in Creston

The month of June, as last week highlighted, is the kick-off to a very busy summer in Creston. The following is a partial list of some of the events that will be happening in our great community this month. On June 9, the Creston Citywide Garage Sale will take place from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. On June 16, the Southside Booster and Old Tyme Power Club will hold an old fashioned homemade ice cream social and fundraiser at McKinley Park from 1 to 5 p.m. On June 23, the gates at McKinley Park open at 6 p.m. with the Creston Park and Rec Party in the Park with music starting at 7 p.m. On June 29, the 2.0 version of Update Uptown will take place beginning at 2 p.m. On that same day, the band Chautauqua Road Band will be performing at 9 p.m. at the Lobby. The 10th Annual Elm’s Club Bike Night will take place on June 30 starting 4:30 p.m. along with a new event, KSIB Cruise Night in the west Depot parking lot beginning at 4 p.m.

Of course there are all of the activities associated with the 10,000 Crestonians Fourth of July celebration in Creston as well. The summer wraps up with our 41st Annual Hot Air Balloon Days on Sept. 14, 15 and 16.  For more information on more events during June or later months, please visit the Creston Chamber of Commerce website at, and review the calendar on our home page.

In addition to all of these activities in June, the Creston Farmers Market is now open from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays at McKinley Park through Sept. 24. You can also visit the Union County Historical Village, located in McKinley Park on Friday, Saturday and Sundays. The complex is open from 1 to 4:30 p.m. through Labor Day.

Also in June, we will begin the Image Enhancement Committee’s 13th year of honoring yards/homes in Creston. During June, July, August, September and October, three houses will be honored each month, weather permitting. Each home selected will receive a gift from either Creston True Value, Creston Super Wal-Mart or Green Valley Pest Control and Lawn Care.

Please nominate a yard, an area and or a flowerpot to be considered by the committee. Please call, email or text the chamber with the address or location.

10,000 Crestonians Fourth of July celebration

I know it is still early in June, but the Fourth of July committee – 10,000 Crestonians – is busy making plans for the upcoming celebration. This hard working group of individuals deserves a great deal of credit for what they do, since this is one of our largest tourist attractions of the year and makes a wonderful day or days for your family and friends.

The theme for this year’s parade and celebration is, “Hats Off to the Red, White and Blue.” The parade will begin at 10 a.m. on the Fourth. If you would like to be in the parade, please call the chamber office at 641-782-7021, email or text us to sign up if you wish to be judged, or if not, please come to the parking lot at Creston Livestock Auction to be included in the parade. I would also like to pass along, that if you know of a child who would like to decorate their bike and be in the bicycle division of the parade, there is a chance for them to win a bicycle. There is also the annual talent show at McKinley Park on the Fourth. Please get signed up to entertain your friends and family.

New events for the Fourth of July this year include inflatables at McKinley Park from noon to 5 p.m. on the Fourth along with canoe races at McKinley Lake from 2 to 4 p.m. presented by Boy Scout Troop 129 and Creston Community Chorus will perform at the McKinley Park Bandshell starting at 4 p.m. On July 3 from 5 to 9 p.m., the Creston Elks will have a dunk tank in the uptown near their building as a fundraiser to help support their various youth projects.

The fireworks show will be held beginning at 9:30 p.m. July 4 at McKinley Park.

If you would like to make a donation to the 10,000 Crestonians, you can drop it off at the chamber office located at 208 W. Taylor St., or mail it to the 10,000 Crestonians, PO Box 471, Creston, IA 50801.

For a complete listing of times and activities for the Fourth of July 10,000 Crestonians event, please go to the chamber website at or stop by the chamber office and pick up a flyer.

The 10,000 Crestonians Fourth of July Celebration offers something for most everyone.

Did you know???

Please see below positive, interesting facts about a business, organization or individual in Creston. If you have information you would like to share in did you know?, please contact Ellen.

Did you know that Creston will celebrate its Sesquicentennial in 2019? If you have an idea for an activity or want to be involved, please contact the chamber.

Did you know Rainbow Park was renamed to honor the Iowa Soldiers of Company “C” of the Army’s Rainbow Division that fought in France during World War I. Before that it was known as South Park.

Did you know that there is approximately 55 miles of roads in Creston?

Hi-five honor

The following individuals received the Hi-five honor in June. Congratulations to McKenzie Percell of Pizza Ranch, Farren McCory of Dollar Tree and Josh Riley of Central Plains Automotive.

The Hi-five for service allows us to recognize those who make shopping and doing business in Creston a rewarding and positive experience.

Gold Star business honored

The chamber honored Crest Ridge Estates, 1715 W. Prairie St., as the June Gold Star business.

To acknowledge a business or an individual for either the Hi-five or the Gold Star, just call the chamber and tell us why you wish to nominate them. Our number is 641-782-7021.

Have a great month and remember, Creston - “A great place to visit, work and call home.”

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