The Antique Carousel celebrated its 100th birthday party on National Carousel Day, July 25. Hundreds of Story City residents and many others turned out to enjoy an incredible evening in North Park. The Carousel’s celebration was momentarily the lead interview story on KCCI’s website and was featured on the evening news. Friends of the Carousel served cake. In addition, ice cream, popcorn and cotton candy rounded out the available treats. The Carousel had over 650 riders in the single day. Story City community volunteers donated their time to operate TJ Party Rental’s inflatable games so that we could provide them for the children free of charge Thursday evening. The old fashioned evening in the park continued with the music of Stan Dahl and his Caribbean Island Steel Drums. Several dozen residents set up lawn chairs overlooking the North Park brick band shell. A couple dozen or so children and limber adults hula hooped and did the limbo to the island music.

Downtown Story City businesses will be hosting their annual Progressive Dinner on Wednesday, August 21st, from 5:00-7:30 p.m. Come celebrate fair season at Story City’s 9th Annual Progressive Dinner. Enjoy the opportunity to stroll downtown and tour businesses while sampling Story City’s finest foods on a stick! Tickets can be purchased in advance from the GCC office, or at the event. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for ages 10-18, and free for ages under 10.

We have been getting just enough rain to keep the flow going in the Skunk River. We are in the midst of planning for the annual Skunk River Duck Race. The Race will be held on August 24 in the South Park. The Race will start at 6 p.m. and last until the last duck crosses the line. We will have an excellent list of prizes for the swiftest competitor. Please plan to spend a few minutes with us later this summer to see if your ducks are up to the challenge. Dinner and Duck Race tickets are available for you to purchase at the GCC office. The Story! Festival committee is in full swing for the annual Story! Festival to be held September 20, 21 and 22. Some featured items for this year’s Festival include a Friday night "Story and a Dinner," and Saturday the"Story Market." More information will be available as the event draws nearer.

The Story City Greater Chamber Connection is completely dependent on your support, otherwise known as "partnership," to operate. The GCC can be contacted at (515) 733-4214. We encourage everyone to become a GCC partner. The GCC is Story City’s central connection to focus the energy of residents to volunteer or contribute to a wide variety of community projects and events including downtown preservation and Antique Carousel operations to make Story City a vibrant place to live for young and old. As part of our motto of "Making It All Happen" in Story City, the GCC also periodically collaborates with other community organizations such as the Historical Society to assist their fundraising or the Kiwanis Club to spread their message of supporting Story City’s children’s organizations. Your support is what makes it all happen.