It is hard to believe that this is the final edition of the Okobojian for the summer of 2021. The summer was very busy and seemed to fly by. I hope you all had a much better summer than 2020 and will continue your fun, socializing safely and being involved in life’s adventures through the fall and winter.
It was wonderful to see annual happenings take place once again such as the U of O Bike Ride, Monday night concerts by the Dick Bauman Big Band, Tuesday concerts in the Roof Garden by the Jazzed Up Big Band, Rock the Roof returning to the Roof Garden Ballroom, large crowds for the concerts and fireworks at Preservation Plaza on Saturday nights and the Okoboji Summer Theatre doing a season for us.
It was so good to be able to attend the Dickinson County Fair again this year and not have to watch it electronically.
Be sure to at least come back for three events in the next two weeks. This weekend, the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association will hold its annual Hall of Fame Induction 2021. They were unable to do that last year for the only time since its inception in 1997 due to the pandemic. A whole weekend of activities and lots of great music with people attending from all over the United States will make the weekend special once again.
On Labor Day afternoon, another annual event returns. The 35th Annual Labor Day Auction takes place at the Barefoot Bar on East Lake Okoboji. This is a benefit for the Arnolds Park/Okoboji Fire and Rescue Department. Many area businesses donate great items to the auction that runs from 1-5 p.m. that afternoon. It is great to see this auction back once again.
Then on the Saturday after Labor Day, the great Clay County Fair begins a nine-day run. Congratulations to Jeremy Parsons and his staff for putting on the best county fair in the country, in spite of the complications faced over the past year and a half. The Clay County Fair runs Sept. 11-19. See you there!
Traditions are the backbone of our society and lifestyle in the Midwest, and I am so glad we keep them going. We all say thank you to Jeff Vierkant and Paul Plumb at the Arnolds Park Amusement Park, Ruth Ann Burke and Stephen Brotebeck at Okoboji Summer Theatre, Clay Norris and his staff at Iowa Rock ‘n Roll, Bob Kirschbaum and his staff at the Pearson Lakes Art Center and everyone else who worked so hard to bring us a “normal” summer this year!
I am looking forward to seeing my friends Roger and Kim Boyd this weekend. Roger is the founder of Head East and lives in Illinois. The band will be in concert Friday night in the Roof Garden. I am so glad they are able to travel and perform again. Head East puts on a good show and Roger, who has been coming to Okoboji for more than two decades, looks forward to seeing his many friends here every year.
I hope you snowbirds winter well and us hearty year-rounders do too. Enjoy your family and friends safely during the fall and winter months. We will be back again with the Okobojian next May. I am not saying goodbye, only farewell…see you in May!