Memorial Day weekend has no shortage of activities. Here’s a few ideas on how you can pass the long weekend.
1. Join the Ottumwa High School senior class for its final theater production. The class will present “The Last Day of School” at 7 p.m. Friday in the OHS auditorium. The production is entirely led by seniors, including the cast, directors and set design. A freewill offering will be collected to support next year’s OHS theater productions.
2. The Beach Ottumwa outdoor water park is slated to open this weekend. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Saturday through Monday, weather permitting. Park hours are subject to change due to weather, and the outdoor park will not open if the forecast high is below 70 degrees. This season, park updates include new wave equipment capable of producing different types of waves. New wave features include split rollers, diamond waves or V-shaped waves.
3. Join the Church Street Spring Fling Saturday. The motorcycle ride/poker run benefits the National Kidney Foundation. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at Nsane Motors, 1219 S. Madison Ave., and the ride will be around 130 miles. A bike show will follow the ride from 4-6 p.m. with corn hole sign-ups from 6-6:30 p.m. The band Who’s Play’n will perform from 9 p.m. to midnight.
4. This year’s Bentonsport Memorial Weekend Flea Market & Craft Show includes a grand opening. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 25-26 and will feature various vendors with flea market treasures, antiques, crafts and collectibles during the outdoor show set along the riverside park and historic district. In addition, all Bentonsport businesses will be open during this event. In conjunction with the markets, a grand opening for the new woodworking shop on the west side of the village, owned by Paul Simpson and Ted Kralicek, will also be held. Several of the other shops will hold special drawings and demonstrations during the weekend. For more information, contact the Greef General Store at 319-592-3579, visit www.greefstore.com or visit the Bentonsport Historic District Facebook page
5. Send off the Ottumwa High School graduates in style. Commencement ceremonies are set for 2 p.m. Sunday at Bridge View Center. Join the community in celebrating and congratulating the Class of 2019.
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