OTTUMWA — Though events surrounding the Fourth of July Holiday are winding down, there’s still plenty going on around Ottumwa.
1. Live After Five kicks off its summer series Friday in Central Park. The event runs from 5-7:30 p.m., and the first band of the season is Sez Who. In addition to the band, the event features family fun, a beverage garden and a food truck.
2. More than 400 contestants are making their way to Ottumwa for the Ottumwa Area Chamber of Commerce Rodeo. The triple-sanctioned event, named the best one-day rodeo in Iowa by the IRCA in 2018, kicks off with slack at 9 a.m. in Ottumwa Park. Mutton busting sign-ups are at 4:30 p.m. with the action at 5 p.m., and the performance time follows at 7 p.m. Advanced tickets, including family packs, are available at Fareway and all Ottumwa Hy-Vee locations. Admission can be paid at the gate for an increase in price.
3. Bridge View Center is calling all dogs. The Southeastern Iowa Kennel Club AKC All-Breed Conformation Dog Shows run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. You can join in the fun as an exhibitor, attend to learn more about purebred dogs, or you can sign up to be a vendor. There is a slight admission fee, and children 10 and under are free. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. There will be more than meets the eye in Central Park Saturday night. Main Street Ottumwa is hosting another installment of Central Park Cinema with a screening of “Bumblebee” at dusk. Free kids’ activities will be available before the showing. Bring a lawn chair or blanket — and maybe some bug spray — and enjoy a movie under the stars. For more information, contact MSO at 641-682-3465 or email@example.com.
5. The Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with a special show. SEISO will host its Symphonic Blast! concert at 6:15 p.m. Saturday at the band shell in Crapo Park in Burlington. Robert McConnell will direct the orchestra as they play favorites from "Star Wars," "E.T." "Apollos 13" and "Star Trek" as well as classics "Paper Moon," “Fly Me to the Moon," "Moon River" and Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever." The show will include fireworks on the bluff of the Mississippi River. Admission is free. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs, beverages and bug spray. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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