OTTUMWA — You can tell it's summer in Iowa — everyone is hosting their outdoor events, fairs and movies. Add some of these traditional summer events functions to your weekend plans.
1. The Wapello County 4-H Expo is in full swing and continues through Saturday evening. Bridge View Center is filled with 4-H exhibits, children's activities and musical groups. Each day also features 4-H livestock shows and plenty of great food. For a complete schedule, visit www.extension.iastate.edu/Wapello or pick one up at Bridge View Center.
2. "Live After Five" begins at 5 p.m. Friday in Central Park. Sponsored by South Ottumwa Savings Bank and Wapello County Farm Bureau, this week there will be farm machinery on display and lots of games for kids of all ages. Enjoy the music of "The Blue Band," which is celebrating its 33rd anniversary this year. The blues/soul/rockabilly/reggae/creole/rhythm band will play a variety of original music and popular covers.
3. Enjoy some great family fun with this week's Central Park Cinema. Beginning at 8:30 p.m., this week’s movie is "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax." Admission is free, so bring lawn chairs, blankets and plenty of bug spray. Concessions are available for purchase, too. For more information, call 641-799-3464.
4. To support the work of the Fairfield Volunteer Center, a benefit movie showing of “Say Amen, Somebody” has been organized. “Say Amen, Somebody” is an exciting and uplifting movie, one Roger Ebert called “one of the happiest movies in a long, long time.” It will be shown at 7 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at Phoenix Rising Hall, 207 W. Burlington Ave. For more information, call 641-233-7423.
5. The Southern Iowa Fair wraps up this weekend with several days full of fun and food. Located at the Southern Iowa Fairgrounds in Oskaloosa, there is something for everyone: grandstand events, livestock judging, children's games and even Chicken Bingo. For a complete schedule and more information, visit www.southerniowafair.com.
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