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Message From Our Mayor

July 12, 2013
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It’s official – Corn Carnival is over for 2013 and a contract has been signed with the carnival for the next three years. Corn Carnival will be the last full weekend in June in 2014, 2015 and 2016. I know some of you will say that is too early but some will want it early and some will want it tied with the 4-H Fair like it used to be. But by far the majority of those I talked to like it where it was this year. And as for the Corn Carnival Committee, I think we all like it the last full weekend in June and having a three year contract with the carnival is great. That takes a lot of pressure and worries off our backs. So spread the word and go ahead and get those class reunions and family get-togethers planned. This year Corn Carnival went great with rain the weekend before carnival and only a minor shower on Saturday morning. It doesn’t get much better than that. All events went well with good crowds in attendance. The food stands all did better than last year, the Car Cruise had a large crowd and some great cars, Picnic in the Park had a lot of people there for pancakes and sausage, the Tractor Ride had a lot of nice tractors although they got very wet up by Grundy Center. The Collectors Fair had the Memorial Building full of a great variety of collectibles and the Young Women of Today did a great job on the kids parade. Jo and I got lucky and got Craig and Autumn’s five kids to ride in the back of the ATV. Very much unplanned but fun. The Grand Parade was great and about as large as always. There were many great floats from businesses, classes, churches and organizations. Thank you to all who went to the work of making a parade entry. Congratulations to Gene Seda as the Grand Marshall honoring his 42 years on the ambulance squad. We all owe Gene a big THANK YOU! During the Friday night parade we found out how important our volunteers on the ambulance and fire squad are. First, as the Color Guard was finishing the parade route one of the color guard had a health issue and our ambulance squad was there to transport him to a hospital. Then as the parade had just finished and the crowd was moving downtown, the siren went off. This was for a car wreck in town. Our volunteer firemen were at work in the beer garden so they were close to the station and were able to get to the scene fast and once again the ambulance squad was also called to the scene. This fast response was critical as they had to use the Jaws of Life to cut out one of the victims. In the end all turned out well but it is good to know that we have two great crews here in Gladbrook to respond when we need them. On a side note when the whistle blew, all the firemen left the beer garden to answer the call. Some of their wives and a few volunteers stepped up and ran the beer sales until they returned. THANK YOU to those who filled in without being asked. Only happens in a small town! Saturday night Gladbrook’s Got Talent show was great as always. My favorite was Trent and Erin Wentzien’s song, “My Dad.” All acts were terrific and I personally want to thank all those who were involved. THANK YOU! We finished up Sunday with a community church service and a darn good ham dinner put on by the Legion, Legion Auxillary and the Peace Church. It was a great way to end the 2013 Corn Carnival! I know that I have missed some of the events that were going on and I apologize for that. A lot of people work hard to make the Corn Carnival the annual event that it is and to make Gladbrook a place to come back to every year both for family and class reunions and just a place to meet old friends. None have worked any harder than Terri Luehring and Mike Bearden in guiding the Corn Carnival Committee and making sure everything goes on schedule. A special THANK YOU to both Terri and Mike for all the time and hard work they both put into Corn Carnival to make it a success. And THANK YOU to each and everyone who had a part in making this such a great event! Don’t forget the Tama County Fair runs July 17-21! Keith Sash, Mayor



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