There’s no shortage of entertainment this weekend in Ottumwa and beyond. From school plays to country music to a celebration of Iowa films, there’s no shortage of opportunities to take in the performing arts. If you’re looking to get outdoors, head over to Ottumwa Park for some trout or help spruce up Main Street.
1. Join the Ottumwa High School Drama Department for a weekend of “fairly stupid tales.” Performances of “The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales” will be at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday with a 3 p.m. Sunday matinee at Ottumwa High School. The production by John Glore is based on the book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith and is produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. Tickets may be purchased at the door.
2. Trout are returning to Ottumwa Park Saturday, and a fishing derby will be held to celebrate. The spring stocking of 2,000 rainbow and brook trout in the park’s pond located on the east side of Wapello Street is one of two held each year by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources as part of the Urban Trout Stocking Program. Trout fishing licenses are required to catch the fish. In addition, the Ottumwa Parks Department will be hosting a fishing derby from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for tagged fish; one grand prize will be awarded for the largest trout caught. Tagged fish can be redeemed for prizes next to the old bath house building in Ottumwa Park.
3. Main Street Ottumwa is hosting Main Street Clean-Up Day Saturday. Bring your own broom any time during the cleanup hours, and MSO staff and volunteers will assign you to an area to clean. Volunteers of all ages are welcome.
4. The Iowa Motion Picture Associations’s 28th annual awards gala is coming to the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center Saturday. The event features free screenings of nominated films, which run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and concludes with a 5 p.m. dinner and 7 p.m. gala. The event is open to the public, and tickets may be purchased online at impa.tv or the FACC box offices. There is a slight increase for tickets sold the day of the event.
5. The Doo-Wah Riders will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Bridge View Center as part of the Ottumwa Civic Music Association’s season. The Doo-Wah Riders are a country band with a unique, original sound they define as “high-energy country with a Cajun twist.” They have appeared in concert with Garth Brooks, George Strait, Alabama, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton, the Judds, Brad Paisley, Randy Travis, the Oak Ridge Boys, Travis Tritt, Leann Rimes and more.
Admission is by membership to OCMA or by reciprocity with programs in Centerville, Fairfield and Washington. Single event tickets can be purchased at the door, and all students are admitted free with ID.
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